You’ll need all of these materials to get the most from the Mastering Mixing course. I know that artists will tend to have their own preferences for some things, but If you decide to substitute anything, I can’t guarantee that it will work as well.
Munsell Student Book
This is a pre-requisite. You cannot do the course properly without this book!
You’ll need it because it includes a collection of colour chips which you insert into colour charts to make Munsell charts of several hues. The picture above is of the second edition, which you can usually get second hand on Amazon. But if you opt for a second hand version, be sure to contact the seller to make sure that all the colour chips are included before you buy.
The latest version (fourth edition)includes a glossy Munsell value scale, so is a good buy for that reason. I believe the third edition also includes this scale. But you can manage fine with the second edition.
Here’s the first page of the book, with the initial tags that come with it in place:
We’ll be using these charts extensively through the course to help you judge colours more accurately, learn some foundational concepts about the way colour works and to help you learn how to mix colours more quickly and accurately.
Here’s the plastic pocket at the back of the second edition with one of the little bags of tags stuck to the front. It’s those tags you need.
Here’s a link to the latest version (US Amazon):
Here’s a link to some used version on Amazon (US):
You’ll need a decent range of oils. This list should cover most eventualities:
- Ivory black
- Titanium white
- Burnt umber
- Raw umber
- Yellow ochre
- Cadmium orange
- Cadmium red
- Cadmium yellow
- Ultramarine blue
- Pthalocyanine green or similar high chroma blue green (Windsor and Newton Windsor green is good)
- Alizarin Crimson
- Sap Green (Winsor and Newton)
- Lemon yellow
Use what you’re used to here.
This is for making the chips for your Munsell neutral scale, which you’ll be making in one of the first assignments.
There are many brands, most will be similar and work fine. Examples:
You’ll also need some card, I recommend some decent-weight smooth card, at least 300 gsm. A4 will be big enough.
You’ll also need some clear acetate for checking your mixes – A4 OHP slides you can get cheaply from office suppliers work great.
The colour checker is simply a small piece of card with a hole in it, about half an inch by half an inch. Simple! This is my (well used!) version.