I can recommend taking some time out to mix and create your own colours.
That is part of what we did at my recent workshop at the wonderful Bethlem Museum of the Mind (an ArtFund Museum of the Year finalist) And we all had a wonderfully focused, creative time.
I started by serving over 20 plates like below to adults and children of all ages...
|one palette of blue, yellow, magenta red and white poster paint|
Here are 4 vertical strips each by a different workshoppers showing how everyone comes up with their own amazingly distinctive colour range (and brush marks) from the three primaries. (Ott from my book Tiz and Ott's Big Draw would be have been in his element!)
|4 vertical strips of colour made with 3 primaries. |
Adding some white extended the range of beautiful chromatic greys.
|One adult told me how soothing they found it. And in the concentrated atmosphere, as ever the children worked faster. Adults were still creating colours while a 4 and 7 year old had already started creating characters.|
|We then looked again for inspiration at a wordless picture book by an unknown artist, following a child's imaginary journey. Part of the Bethlem Museum of the Mind's collection, it is currently on show with some other amazing works in their current Youtopia exhibition.|
|The adults caught up with the kids, and created their own amazing characters...|
|exploring strange scenes...|
|and familiar worlds, here work by a 7 year old left and his dad (right)|