how to mix paint colors

your paintings will sing with color

what makes a painting sing?

  • Color is what makes a painting sing!

With a 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 a fun adventure!

Learn how to mix paint colors with artist Carol May"Mister Pelican"

The use of color and value contrast make "Mister Pelican" sing.

how to mix paint colors

your paintings will sing
with color

what makes a painting sing?

  • Color is what makes a painting sing!

With a 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 a fun adventure!


Learn how to mix paint colors with artist Carol May"Mister Pelican"

The use of color and value contrast make "Mister Pelican" sing.

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mix paint colors and make your paintings sing!

can you mix primary colors?

  • Primary colors cannot be mixed from other colors.

Yellow, blue and red, the primary colors are equally spaced around the Color Wheel.

Other colors are a combination of the primary colors.

  • The other colors on the color wheel can be mixed from the three primaries.

When we mix paint colors we save money and don't have to spend a lot at the paint store.

The color wheel is the artist's basis of mixing colorsPrimary colors
make all the other colors.

Some top-notch professional artists use a limited palette based on only the primary colors plus white. They mix all their additional colors.

Professional grade paints contain more pigment and make brighter colors than student grade paint.

Use single pigment paints to mix clean, clear colors. What paint colors are on my palette?


mix the secondary colors

It's fun and you will be surprised how easy it is.

  • Get your paint colors out and mix these colors.

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

  • Save paint when you mix paint colors with your palette knife.

Also, when the colors are not thoroughly mixed, they add more interest to your paintings.

Learn how to make variations of green.

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


shades

  • Add black to any color to make a shade that is darker and duller than the original color.

tones

  • Mixing grey with any color will create tones.

tints

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

However, adding white to a color will give it a chalky appearance.

  • The artistic way to lighten a color is to add the lighter color next to it on the color wheel.

For example, add yellow to orange or add orange to red, etc. The colors will remain bright and lively without a chalky appearance.





why spend money on paint colors you can mix?

Do it like the professionals. Mix your own paint colors.

how to 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.

painting with warm colors

Warm colors are known to "advance" toward us.

We normally use warm colors in the foreground and middle ground of a painting.

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

Warm colors also make areas of an object look closer.

For example when painting an orange, the center which is bulging toward us would be painted warm.

The sides of the orange would be painted cooler to make them turn away from us.


how to 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.

painting with cool colors

Cool colors recede in the painting and look farther away.

We create distance in landscapes by mixing a bit of blue into the background areas.

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

You may make the edge of an object turn away by adding cool colors.

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



mix your own black, brown or grey

There two ways to mix your own dark colors.

  • Mix the three primary colors blue, yellow and red together.
  • Or mix two complimentary colors together.


what are complimentary colors?

Complimentary colors are any colors directly across from each other on the color wheel.

The compliment of a primary color is always a secondary color that is a combination of two primaries.

So when we mix a primary with its compliment, we are actually mixing the three primary colors together.

  • Example - Mix primary red with its compliment secondary green.

Mixing red and green combines the 3 primaries because green is a combination of blue and yellow.

How to mix dark paint colors from your artist palette.Look across the color wheel to find the compliment of any color.
  • Professional Tip - Mix your dark colors from 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.


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 in tree trunks.

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

Mixing dark paint colors from your artist's palette.Mix your dark colors


how to mix greens

Blue and yellow mixed together make green.

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

  • When you are mixing paint colors always add the dark color to the lighter color, not the other way around.

Get a spring green by adding more yellow to the green.

Add more blue to the green for a blue-green.

Add red to green for a darker, more subdued green.

How to mix green colors by artist Carol MayMixing green colors


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