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Alphabe Thursday … U is for Umber and Ultramarine

April 10, 2014


I have previously discussed umber and ultramarine under the guise of brown and blue; but neither, I believe can be exhausted. As a printmaker I use ink daily particularly black. I am a new printer and reluctant to invest too much (money) at this early stage. So I have kept my palette to black!

That is of course until I was introduced to the possibilities of other colours and ‘extender’ when I attended a printmaking class at Artichoke.  

My teacher showed me the value of ultramarine and raw sienna ( I know we were talking about umber but some how I confused the two and bought umber when I returned home) Nonetheless it was as if I had been set free (I was going to say from prison; but perhaps that is a little melodramatic) Like a dog with two tails I have been printing teapots, boots and bikes in varying degrees of ultramarine and umber.

Who knows what will happen when I find the funds for process yellow and magenta.


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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2014 4:16 pm

    What a cool and very artistic post! Thanks.

  2. April 10, 2014 5:50 pm


  3. April 10, 2014 11:02 pm

    love the chickens!

  4. April 11, 2014 2:07 am

    and there’s another umbrella! Love the umber…or raw sienna (never knew there were two “n” in sienna! {:-D

    • April 11, 2014 7:47 am

      Oh dear my spelling is awful !! I am not sure now 🙂 I will check!

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