Color for beginners - How to mix all the colors ( Using just a few).

Art lessons on Video; beginner through advanced tips and technique on how to paint with watercolor.

Color Lessons For The Beginner


There are three primary colors. The problem with primaries is that we can not determine what a true primary is. During the lesson we see an example example of our inability to choose a specific blue as primary. Therefore, we need to have two tubes of all each primary, red, blue, and yellow.


Mixing the primaries is something you just have top know, but there are only three facts. Red and blue makes purple. Red and Yellow makes orange. Yellow and blue makes green. Orange, green and purple are secondary colors. Primaries and secondary colors are bright, clean colors, such as you would use to paint flowers. As these colors darken, we call them neutrals.


Once we have the correct 6 tubes of paint, we can mix every color of the rainbow. We also learn that mixing "across" the wheel we can create any dark (neutral or gray) of any color. Neutral colors include, Among many others, brown, mustard, indigo, olive, etc.


Now that we have all of the clean colors and all the neutrals, we can thin any one of them with water to produce a "tint". Tints are very light colors like pink and gray.


Color is one of my five elements of composition. They are, line, shape, value, color and texture.


This lesson is not only useful for painting with watercolors. but also with any art medium such as acrylics.


Watercolor palette showing a warm and cool paint for each of the primary colors This is a map of the captains color palette.
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The map shows the location of each of the paints. The group on the left are the sedimentary colors. Those in the right are the non sedimentary colors. The palette is just a cut down ice cube tray

Burnt Sienna
0 - Red
Yellow Ochre
1 - Yellow
2 - Green
Cerulean Blue
3 - Blue
  ...( non sed. )
Phthalo Blue
4 - Cool Blue
Ultramarine Blue
5 - Warm Blue
Pyrrol Red
6 - Warm Red
Info Alizarin Crimson
( Quinacridone )

7 - Cool Red
Arylide Yellow FGL
8 - Warm Yellow
Arylide Yellow Deep
9 - Cool Yellow

140 Lb. Cold Pressed
140 Lb. Cold Pressed

The warmest color is orange

The coolest color is middle-blue

A warm red would be like a tomato (orangy)

A cool red Is like a strawbery (purpleish)

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