Tuesday, 10 February 2015

New website page - updated

'The Ultimate Mixing Palette: a World of Colours'.

My new book is now complete  - charts cleaned up further, cross-references added, notes all done. It was then the minuscule details in the layout and proof-reading that took for ever.

I have added a page to my website with additional information on the colours used in my ultimate mixing palette - alternate brands and so on. I may also add some 'recipes' on this page showing how to create hues of other colours using this palette.


There's a sneak peak at one of the 49 charts here, though they have all been labelled now.

March 2015 update
The book is now published and available through the Blurb website in premium lustre paper hardcover or softcover versions, eBook version and standard paper softcover version.
Here is a link to all of my books.

July 2015 update
Here is a link to the Daniel Smith article published on their blog and website about the book and palette, with a number of Daniel Smith alternative paint options.


  1. Hiya! Jane, did you identify the manufacturer's brand and pigment numbers somewhere? This looks like a beautiful palette.

    1. Yes Char - all Daniel Smith since they are the only ones who make Quinacridone Gold, Buff titanium and Goethite, though I have listed alternate colours and brands on my website. The pigment information is also in my website and in my book. I'll make sure it is easy to find!
      It's a wonderful mixing set. Not that you can't add some convenience colours as well. Everyone who's tried it is amazed at how you can mix any colour you want, with some wonderfully granulating pigments for landscape effects :-)

  2. Hi Jane, This is a simply wonderful palette! I am building up from your limited palette choices to incorporate them all, but I have a question? I thought I'd use Goethite as my granulating earth yellow because I'd be painting more natural objects and buildings, ( and because I love it!), but have just started to sketch people too, so now I am wondering if Raw Sienna would be a better choice for all round work? Thanks so much.

    1. It's a good question. I include Goethite as although you can reproduce the hue of Raw Sienna, you can't mix colours to reproduce the granulation of Goethite, which is so wonderful for landscapes, buildings and beaches. Try mixing Quinacridone Gold with Burnt Sienna and you'll come close to raw sienna hues. You can make wonderful flesh tones with Goethite and Burnt Sienna or Raw Umber, and by mixing many of the earth colours with Buff Titanium too.
      However, while these colours will mix just about anything you can come up with, you can also add other convenience mixes or useful colours to this set as you feel you need them. Switch to Raw Sienna if you prefer or add it if you will find it useful. Think of it as a basic palette of colours to start with and explore and expand as suits your needs.

    2. Thanks Jane, that's really helpful.

  3. Adding a page on your website is a pretty smooth move. It gives your viewers new things to check out, and it would probably raise their interest in your work. Anyway, I hope everything’s doing well with your site. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Joshua Price @ Branding First Inc.

  4. I have a particular appreciation for this kind of technically-focused art that comes from my days as a house painter. In that line of work, you become very conscious of colour names and shades, because you have to use the precise type and shade of paint that the client picked out. Now I fuss about my art the same way.

    Edwin @ Clicks In Motion

  5. I keep staring at the color palette you have shown on this page. The colors are amazing. Very bright and bold. They definitely draw the eye in and it is something that takes effort to look away from. I am interested in what else your website has to offer and will be checking it out.