This transparent layering technique is based on a watercolor technique of very thin washes layered to create darker values and glowing highlights. Envision a value scale with the white of the surface as your light (highlight) value #10! You are then beginning at the TOP OF THE SCALE. Each wash slowly inches your way down the value scale to the final dark (which may or may not be a value #1).
HOW TO MAKE THE COLORED UMBER MIXES
Using the Golden Open Paint, there is no preparation. They are used directly from the tube and thinned to the proper consistency on the wax palette when you paint. If using the Traditions Acrylics by DecoArt, you will first need to prepare the individual colors for extended blending, then make the colored umber mixes. To prepare the paint, watch my video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zffk4UFSXFc
The early Flemish felt that thedrawing was the true artwork and that color was just the frosting on the cake. Master painters often worked out their thoughts and compositions in Umber tones as they were very economical while others worked in grey tones. I prefer to work in these “umber tones” as they produce “warmer toned” paintings.