Turquoise is versatile and vibrant and can add a unique charm to any artwork. While many shades of turquoise can be purchased already mixed in a tube, understanding how to mix your own turquoise in its various shades is helpful for artists. Basically, turquoise is a mixture of blue and green. However, knowing the right […]
All about color mixing from understanding the color wheel to color temperature, complementary colors, and more. There are also posts on how to mix the tints, tones, and shades of various colors.
Blue is probably one of the first colors you buy when you start painting. Most often it’s Ultramarine blue. You can buy many different shades of blue for any application but artists’ paint is expensive so why not learn to make your own shades of blue? Since the color blue is one of the three
Red is one of the three primary colors on the color wheel, the others being blue and yellow. All other colors are created by mixing these three colors together in different combinations. This means that basic red cannot be mixed by using any other colors. However, various tints, tones, and shades of red can be
The color black gets a bad rap among artists sometimes. Many artists won’t even have tubes of black paint in their paint boxes. Why? Well, tubes of black pigment are often seen to be flat and lifeless. If used on their own they can make a painting seem dull. The black colors you see in
The color brown. To those who like to paint in bright, vibrant colors, brown can seem a little bit boring. It can bring to mind sensible shoes and wool suits. But brown is a beautiful, multi-hued color that is essential in our everyday lives. Brown tones are present in everything from hair color to skin
Complementary colors are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. If you look at a color wheel, the opposite of yellow is purple so purple is the complement to yellow. The same is true for other colors. The opposite or complement of blue is orange and the opposite or complement of red