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How to make dull colors
dubik2005
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Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 08:21 PM UTC
Hi,
I'm trying to mix some dull colors but I fail... Check this picture:


Yellow and red are not that bright. I can make color dull by mixing white or bone colors but then original color becomes lighter, obviously. I read somewhere that adding white and black will make it a bit dull, but with red for instance it doesn't work at all, in the end I get something pink.
I have quite a few paints from vallejo, andrea, games workshop but they all very bright


Thanks.
Wendy
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Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 03:42 AM UTC
Try adding a touch of the complementary color (red-green, blue-orange, yellow-violet). That should tone the color down (in some cases, it darkens the mix too). Then darken or lighten as usual. To lighten red, trying adding fleshtone or having scarlet (orangey red) be your highest highlight.

That said, I think it looks good as it is.
dubik2005
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Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 11:03 PM UTC
Thanks. After experimenting a bit I also found out that if I add touch of white it makes color a bit more pale, also if I need a bit darker mix of that pale I add touch of complimentary color. Not sure if I can achieve good contrast but will try.
05Sultan
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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 04:01 AM UTC
If you mean by 'dull' that you want flat or non-glare,then try adding small amounts of talc(baby powder,foot powder,etc.) to your color. It's all about how the light comes off the surface.
Experiment on waste piece to find the right amount to add to get what you want. Talc works with any paint media.
Cheers!