I once attended a botanical illustration course where the teacher was very strict about how you mix colours.
One of the things she said was: NEVER USE BLACK OR WHITE WITH WATERCOLOURS!! (Yes she was a bit scary.)
What?! So how do you create a darker shade or a lighter one? What about mixing neutrals like grey? Well, I explore this idea in my latest short video (go on watch it, it’ll only take a minute of your time).
Even if you don’t paint or use watercolours, it’s useful to know about neutral colours like grey.
Yes it is possible to mix a grey colour with paint and not use black. You can mix all the primary colours together and add more blue than red and yellow. Give it a try and see what happens.