How to Mix Colours: Part 1

If you're an artist working with traditional media such as watercolours, acrylics or oil paints or if you want to learn how to use these paints, then you will need to learn colour mixing skills. It will make the whole experience of painting a lot more pleasant.

This series of videos will take you from the very basics of colour mixing up to ninja level colour mixing skills. Even the basics are useful for experienced artists as it is always good to investigate the paints you use in new and interesting ways.

in this video I go right back to the skills you will have learned when you were very young. You will see how the secondary colours, orange, purple and green, can be mixed from the three primary colours, red, yellow and blue. All sounds easy enough. But there may be some new ways to mix primary colours to get secondary colours that you many not have thought of before too.

This is the very foundation of colour mixing. A version of every colour can be mixed using the three primary colours so with just three colours of paint you can paint a wide variety of subjects. You may notice a problem when you try to do this though - the dreaded muddy colours - and I'll come back to how to sort this issue out in a future video.

Enjoy the video and let's embark on this colour mixing journey together!

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