Day 2 (Part 1)
Day 2 Supplies:
Your rub-out Mandala
Raw Umber (any brand)
Titanium White (Williamsburg preferably)
You will only be using brights during this part of the Mandala. I only had 3 bright brushes to work with (1/4", 1/2" & 3/4" Wash/Shaders). I recommend having a couple of smaller brights as it will help getting into the corners.
Thin palette knife (best for mixing paint)
Palette (round or square - whichever you prefer) or
Palette Paper (grey - not white)
Here is the fun part - mixing values. I haven't decided on what kind of palette I want so I have been using white palette paper which isn't recommended. Colors will appear differently on white paper than they will on your painting - as you can see from the image, my lighter values barely show up. This is why the grey palette paper is recommended instead.
I put Raw Umber on the far left side of my palette and Titanium White on the far right side of my palette. Next I mixed my mid-tone which is to be a value half way between raw umber and white. My Raw Umber is Windsor Newton brand and is a cooler shade than other brands. The effect makes my mid-tone more of a putty color than a tan. I think I like it better.
When satisfied with my mid-tone I mixed the other four values for a total of 7 different shades ranging from raw umber to white. Along the way I had to change a lot and remix many of the values as they are all relative to each other. This has been true both times I've mixed this palette. Even after I started painting on the Mandala I had to remix some of the colors as the goal is to have as seamless a transition as possible between them.
Note that this time I didn't use any linseed or walnut oil. The painting is to be done with the pure pigmented paint only - with no extra medium. Oil would make the paint spread too much and that would interfere with the process which I will go over in the next post.