Want to be an official Munsell Badass? The Digital Munsell Book of Color is the key.

Too many painters are victims of persistent myths that hamper good color mixing. If you're one of those painters who wants to mix whichever color you want, every time you want it, then read on.

Have you priced the physical Munsell Book of Color? Have sticker shock? 
I get it. If you want to mix oil colors in oils this accurately but don't want to spend $1,250 on The Munsell Book of Color there's now a better solution: The Digital Munsell Book of Color.

Been a long time coming, I know. Juggling lots of fine china lately. News: I'm working on a way to have access to all the Munsell colors without spending all that cash.

Price is $125.00 for the full set. I'm making some mixing videos to make it easier for those who are unfamiliar with Munsell.

I love The Munsell Book of Color so much I own two. I've used one every day for 16 years. It's a wonderful tool for oil painters. It helps me mix color accurately (obviously), paint faster and waste much less paint than before.

And it's very expensive which has been the biggest hurdle for most people who want to learn better ways to mix color.  After all, good color is critical to learning to paint well.

The Digital Munsell Set is true Munsell Badassery.

Every chart is in a PDF format which does not shift color in any way. You can access every color in the set, and some that are not in the printed version, on your phone, so you don't have to lug heavy books around. We even tested it in the National Gallery in Washington DC, which instigated great conversations with the guards and other viewers. If being able to determine the colors your favorite painters used — in real time — you'll love this set.

The files are saved in a format that preserves the accurate color for each chip. Just angle the phone so that there is no direct light hitting the screen and make sure your color settings are on True Tone. That's how simple it is. 

Mixing Color Scientifically

Hue is the proper name for the characteristic we call color. Value is its lightness or darkness. Chroma is its intensity, and in painting is the frontier, one of the hardest qualities to manipulate successfully. Any time you see a figure painting, — or any subject — that has odd or even repulsive color shifts it's almost certainly a chroma problem better known as the turbid medium effect. 

An average human sees approximately 3.2 million colors in the environment. Some see even more. Given current oil paints the limit of individual colors that can be mixed is just over 3,200, only .1% of what we see. That requires about 30 tubes of paint. 

If an artist is mixing from a limited palette, split primaries, or any group less than those 28-30 needed they are limiting their color range even further. There are those who find this controversial but it’s color science, not belief or voodoo that controls what can be done. 

Generally, I mix by starting with one or two main colors and have two or three accent colors to adjust for  hue and chroma. I use black very sparingly, and white no more often that I need to.  At first it took me 10 minutes or more to hit a mix. Now I spend about two minutes per color. 

I bet you wouldn't got to a dentist with poor skills, or eat at a restaurant where the chef thinks skills hamper his creativity. 

Painting is no different. Be like Paul. Become a Munsell Badass!