how to mix paint colors

your paintings will sing with color

wondering how to make your paintings sing?

With just a little bit of knowledge you can mix paint colors and make your paintings sing with color.

Color mixing will be second nature to you. Painting will be fun adventure!

what makes a striking painting?

This painting's composition, focal point, values and color all make this painting sing.

These are all the basic techniques of learning to paint.

This painting uses complimentary colors.

It also uses warm colors against cool colors.

let's delve into mixing paint colors.

Learn the painting technique of how to mix paint colors with artist Carol MayLearn the basics of mixing color

how to mix paint colors

The color wheel is the key to understanding and mixing all paint colors.

All colors are made from the same basic three colors.

They are the pure, beautiful colors of blue, yellow and red.

These primary colors are equally spaced around the color wheel.

The primary colors cannot be mixed.

However all the other colors on the color wheel can be mixed from these three primary colors.

We don't have to spend a lot of money at the paint store.

When we have basic understanding of color, we can mix paint colors from our palette.

Some top-notch professional artists use a limited palette based on only the primary colors and white.

Learn how to mix paint colors with artist Carol MayAll colors come from
three primary colors.

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mix the secondary colors

  • Get your paint colors out and mix these colors.
  • It's fun and you will be surprised how easy it is.

Mix two primary colors together to get the secondary colors of orange, green and violet.

shades and tones

Adding black to any color makes a shade that is darker and duller than the original color.

Mixing grey with any color creates tones.

Mix two primary colors together to get a secondary color.Mix the secondary colors


Mix any color with white to get tints of the original color.

  • Adding white to a color gives it a chalky appearance.
  • An artistic way to lighten and brighten a color is to add the lighter color next to it from the color wheel.

For example, to lighten orange, add yellow. The color will remain bright and lively without a chalky appearance.

why spend money on paint colors you can mix yourself?

mix warm colors

Any color containing yellow is considered a warm color.

We mix warm colors with the primary color yellow or the secondary color orange, which contains yellow.

Warm colors are known to "advance" toward us.

They normally are used in the foreground and middle ground of a painting.

Also, they are used to make areas of an object look closer.

If we are painting an orange, the center part which is bulging toward us, would be painted warm. The sides that turn away from us would be painted cooler.

Warm colors contain yellow, how to mix warm colors.Warm colors contain yellow.

mix cool colors

Colors containing blue are considered cool colors.

When you want a cool color, mix paint colors with the primary color blue. You may also mix a color with the secondary colors green or purple because they contain blue.

Cool colors recede in the painting. They look farther away.

We can mix a bit of blue into the background areas to create distance in landscape paintings.

We can make the edge of an object turn away from us with cool colors.

We also use cool colors to set one object behind another.

How to mix cool colors containing blue.Cool colors contain blue.

mix your own dark colors

Why spend money on more paints when you can mix paint colors yourself?

Mix your dark colors with the colors you are currently using in an individual painting. The mixed colors will harmonize with the painting because they come from colors already in the painting.

Tube black is a dead, dull color. There is no need to purchase black.

  • Mix the three primary colors blue, yellow and red together and you will get black.
  • Another way to get a dark colors, is to combine two complimentary colors.

Compliments are any colors directly across color wheel from each other.

We learned that secondary colors are a combination of two primaries colors.

Mix any secondary color with its compliment. Its compliment contains the third primary color.

We can mix primary red with its compliment green. Green is a secondary color made from primary yellow and primary blue.

So mixing red and green actually combines all three of the primaries and makes a dark color.

How to mix dark paint colors from your artist palette.Look across the color wheel to find the compliment of any secondary color.

my favorite dark mixtures

Viridian Green and Alizarin Crimson easily make a black.

We may slant the black toward green or red by adding additional Viridian or Alizarin.

Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue can make a brown or a black. I often use this combination of brown in tree trunks.

Adding more Ultramarine will make a warm black. Or use more Burnt Sienna to make a warm brown.

How to mix dark colors from your palette.Viridian and Alizarin make black.
Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine
make brown or black.

how to mix greens

Blue and yellow mixed together make green.

Mix paint colors with a palette knife for consistent color and it saves paint.

Thalo Blue is a very strong color. Use just a bit of it with your primary yellow for a beautiful green.

Add more yellow for a brighter spring green.

Add more blue to get a blue-green.

Add red, the compliment of green for a darker, subdued green.

How to mix green colors by artist Carol MayMixing green colors

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