Hi there, how are you?
This week on a walk to the local library I stumbled upon some interesting ivy. It wasn’t green like usual ivy, it was a very dark purple. On the way back home I decided to take a small stalk and one of the bigger leaves off the plant home with me to investigate further.
The purple ivy has green veins and the rest of the leaf is a very dark purple. I’ve tried to make this colour before and failed so this would be a challenge.
Most attempts to replicate this colour turned into a muddy brown but eventually I discovered perylene green (a single pigment colour green) when mixed with quinacridone magenta (another single pigment colour) come pretty close to the colour I wanted.
I think most ready-made greens are made up from some sort of yellow and blue so together with the red you can’t help but make brown.
I was trying to find an easier way to paint the veins and found if I put a little purple down and immediately pushed it with my finger it moved in streaks a short way across the leaf. It’s not very realistic but I do like the effect.
Thanks for stopping by today. til next time, have fun x