Blue and Yellow don’t make Green. You mean my kindergarten teacher was lying? Yes. And no.
If you’ve ever tried to make green by mixing blue and yellow together and have been surprised by the poor results, colour bias could be the reason.
Colour bias means that each colour has a tendency to swing one way or another.
Let me show what I mean by sharing Mr. Wilcox’s recommendations for a palette of 6 colours, 2 primaries each:
Red with an orange bias for mixing orange – Cadmium Red
Red with a violet bias for mixing violet – Quinacridone Red
Yellow with orange bias – Cadmium Yellow
Yellow with green bias – Hansa Yellow
Blue with green bias – Cerulean Blue
Blue with a purple bias - Ultramarine Blue
See what I mean? It's not you. It's the paint! The next time you want to make green, reach for the Cerulean blue and the Hansa yellow. NOT the Ultramarine blue and Cadmium yellow.
Reference: Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green by Michael Wilcox
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