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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: School of Color Publishing; New edition edition (31 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967962870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967962870
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 20.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Wilcox has a varied background, including periods as a professional artist, a conservator of art works and an engineer, which in turn led to a study of light physics in relation to the needs of the artist. His studies led to the book Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green. Published in English, Dutch, Japanese, Korean and Chinese, this book has changed the way that countless artists now mix and use their colours. This publication was followed by The Wilcox Guide to the Finest Watercolour Paints which has led to many of the changes in the pigments used in artists' paints today. Specialist mixing palettes, workbooks and courses were then developed and the School of Colour was formed on an international basis.

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In the late 1700's it seemed to many that the search for an answer to accurate color mixing had at last been found - the 'Three Primary System' had been invented. Read the first page
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Brindley on 9 July 2004
Format: Paperback
Instead of going in for fancy theories, this book goes deep into the paint layer to explain why colours mix as they do.
I used to have a complete hit and miss approach to painting (succinctly described at the front of the book!) Now I lay out an organised pallette of 10 pigments (my own preferences) and rarely run into trouble.
This book unlocks the understanding you need; to apply as you wish.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct 1998
Format: Hardcover
This excellent book doesn't just theorise, but gives a step-by-step demonstration of how the traditional three-primary method of colour mixing is inherently limited, and how frustration and limitation of creative colour expression can be overcome by adopting a system comprising three PAIRS of primary colours. Clear, logical presentation proves the thesis, and practical exercises can be painted by the reader to give them new confidence in colour mixing. A vital reference manual which should be owned by everyone who works with colour!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mark twain on 17 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
This most amazing book really gets to the heart of colour mixing. It solves the problem of being bewildered by pigments and paints.

It encorages a much reduced palette and shows you how to create an incredible array of colours. Far more than you will ever need.

It is user friendly, approachable, and makes something difficult make complete sense.

It truly demystifys. I love reading it, and the examples and exercises are really enjoyable as well.

This is the only colour mixing book you'll ever need. 5 stars is not enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Witchfinder General on 17 May 2009
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I'm only giving this 4 stars because there is a lot of repetition in the book. Probably intentional. However, that is a small criticsm and I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about colour mixing. It is clearly laid out with colour swatch diagrams. I've tried some of the exercises in the book and yes they do work. So a big thumbs up to Mr Wilcox for switching a lightbulb on in my head. When I cast my mind back to my schooldays of the late 1960's and 1970's in what we were taught about the primary colours, I now realise they were teaching us twaddle, and I have to ask how much more twaddle did I absorb in their useless lessons.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roger Cawkwell on 1 July 2008
Format: Paperback
Let me give the downside first: Michael Wilcox is not very good at editing his own writing. This book comes across as rather bombastic, defensive & very repetitive. HOWEVER! he really knows his stuff & I have learned an immense amount about colour, both theoretically & practically (which pigments you need to mix any colour & in what sort of proportion) from reading his books. If you really want to become an expert at mixing the right colour from the minimum number of tubes of paint, study it: In a relatively short time you will recoup its cost from the unnecessary tubes of paint you won't buy!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert DOUGHTY on 6 Nov 2003
Format: Paperback
As a new artist toying with colour mixing, this book is a fantastic start, middle and end. The concise wording, clear colours and practical exercises bring to life the mystery of creating new colours from a limited pallet. Thank you, and thanks too to Stan Rosenthal for pointing me in the direction of this book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie Bee on 22 May 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have a problem with colour - I can't work it. Whether it be a jacket with shirt or wallpaper and paint - I have no colour co-ordination.
So, after having had a friend of mine from the British Model Soldiers' Society (BMSS) claim that he would never mix colour again without this book I thought I had better check it out.
I remember making those mud coloured colour wheels at junior school - you know where you mixed the blue and yellow and you end up with sludge green. And I also remember trying to sneak the pure green off the water colour block onto my colour wheel so that it looked better.
Hey, now I know I was doing the right thing.
Honestly, this book helps you mix any medium for art work but it also helps you understand how colour works in the world - from sorting out cushions with wall paper and in my case, why that eyeshadow never did work with that hair colour.
It might not be life changing but it will be colour changing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. O. Rice on 15 Oct 1999
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who is tired of 'mixing mud' this book provides the answer. A totally practical description of how to mix any color you want, written by an artist who really understands color. This book has transformed my painting especially since I discovered the associated paints,mixing palette etc. on Michael Wilcox's website... A remarkable book - I look forward to reading the others!
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