Many painters choose to mix their own blacks, rather than using black pigments such as Ivory Black or Mars Black. Mixed blacks can certainly have more subtle mixing characteristics and relate closer to the rest of the colors in one’s palette. However, limiting the use of tubed blacks can make the work of color mixing much harder than it needs to be. Gamblin has taken a unique approach to the issue of “mixed” blacks: Chromatic Black.
Artists’ examples of Chromatic Black
Sharon explains, “The [Chromatic Black] color tints out to a lovely grayish mauve and is supportive to many of the more vivid color combinations found in nature. I’ve found that adding Chromatic Black to colors creates beautiful subtle variations that are very pleasing to the eye. It has become a most welcome and frequent addition to my regular palette.”