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Color Theory 101 for the Beginning Acrylic Painter

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22 Lessons (1h 3m)
    • 1. Promo - Color Theory 101 for the Beginning Acrylic Artist

      1:06
    • 2. Intro:materials

      2:56
    • 3. Color theory - lecture part 1

      3:43
    • 4. Color theory - lecture part 2

      1:02
    • 5. Color wheel project - primary colors

      2:55
    • 6. Color wheel project - secondary colors

      2:04
    • 7. Color wheel project - tertiary colors

      3:19
    • 8. Color wheel project - finished product

      0:29
    • 9. Color chart project - setting up the chart

      3:35
    • 10. Color chart project - main hues

      2:31
    • 11. Color chart project - tints tones and shades - warm colors

      3:25
    • 12. Color chart project - tints tones and shades - cool colors

      4:17
    • 13. Color chart project - finished product

      0:33
    • 14. Tree of Many Colors - setting up

      1:21
    • 15. Tree of Many Colors - background part 1

      3:42
    • 16. Tree of Many Colors - background part 2

      2:45
    • 17. Tree of Many Colors - creating the tree

      5:21
    • 18. Tree of Many Colors - adding tints and tones to the tree

      4:45
    • 19. Tree of Many Colors - adding shades to the tree

      3:38
    • 20. Tree of Many Colors - adding colors to the tree part 1

      5:05
    • 21. Tree of Many Colors - adding colors to the tree part 2

      3:23
    • 22. Recap/outtro

      1:04
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Are you a complete beginner to acrylic painting but have always wanted to give it a try? Well then start here! Color theory is one of the most fundamental skills that a painter can have in their artistic arsenal. I designed this course for my beginning-level acrylic students who want to learn how to create paintings on their own, but don't yet know how to mix the correct shades, tints, tones, and shades. This course is great practice and great fundamentals for beginning artists of any age wanting to get their feet wet in the painting world.

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1. Promo - Color Theory 101 for the Beginning Acrylic Artist: Well, hi there, My name is Skye, and I'd like to be your new favorite art teacher. I've taught beginning level painting classes to thousands of students, both in-person and virtually over the past decade. I've been painting for even longer. I specialize in the complete beginner, and in this course I will be breaking down color theorem in my signature clear com, step-by-step style. In this course, you will mix dozens of different colors, all starting with just your primaries and black and white. You'll learn how to use the color wheel and create one of your own, create a chart with tense tones and shades. And you'll also complete a full painting tutorial, step-by-step. This course is perfect from the beginning painter of any age and a great way to spend a creative weekend. So what are you waiting for? Let's get creative. 2. Intro:materials: Greetings beautiful artists and thank you very much for joining me for this course. My name is sky, and I've been teaching acrylic painting to beginners for nearly a decade. I started in my early twenties teaching at a variety of different art studios. And then ran my own pop-up art party concept for about five years. In 2019, I launched my youtube channel paint along with Sky, where I post real-time acrylic painting tutorials for beginners every Saturday. I designed this course to take beginning painting students from nervous newbies, too confident and ready to get creative. Now, let's take a look at the materials that we will need for this course. Okay, let's go ahead and start as if we were setting up to paint. So you'll want to start by covering your table with something that is protective. I have here just a brown butcher paper. You will also want to protect your clothing. So an apron is your friend there. And then you're going to choose what you would like to paint your masterpiece painting on when we do get to the project later. So I will be using a boxed canvas, canvas board like this works equally well. And then for some of our practice projects, we're going to be using a multimedia or watercolor type paper or sketchbooks. So desorb, real heavy body, nice white clean paper that can hold some Pete. So you'll also need some pallet paper is what I like to use, or you can use a plastic palette and wash it off as well. I like to use this brand of pallet paper and I usually cut it into quarters or even smaller depending on the colors that I am using. And then we're going to introduce our paint. So I have here white and black and then the primary colors, so blue, red, and yellow, the brushes that I will be using for this course are a one inch wash brush, a small to medium size around pointed fresh. I have here a size six. And then also a very small detail brush. This is actually a watercolor brush that I am using here, but a slightly larger, small brush works as well. We also have a pencil ruler and a pair of scissors, also a paint, water cup, and some paper towels. For a complete list of materials including specific types of paints and brushes that I use and recommend. Go to my website, sky Pratt.com slash Materials. Okay, let's get creative. 3. Color theory - lecture part 1: In this module, we will begin exploring the world of color. We will learn about the color wheel and the relationships between colors. Learn how to choose pleasing color schemes. Learn about tints, tones, and shapes. And then we will be ready to paint our own colour wheels. So what is the color wheel? The color wheel is a handy tool for understanding the relationship between different colors. It is a visual tool that artists and designers often use to help them mix the right hues of colors and also to find pleasing color schemes. It's made up of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. The primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. You can mix a full spectrum of colors with just these three. The secondary colors are orange, green, and violet. The tertiary colors are red, orange, yellow, orange, yellow green, blue green, blue violet, and red violet. When artists referred to a color hue, they are referring to the pure spectrum color. These are commonly referred to by the rainbow color names. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. When artists referred to colors as complimentary, they are referring to colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel, such as yellow and purple, red and green, or orange and blue. Complimentary colors are believed to be especially pleasing to the eye. Analogous color schemes referred to colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. You will often find these color combinations in nature, such as a forest with shades of green, or a sunset with warm tones. A split complementary color scheme is similar to a complimentary color scheme, but usually less bold. It is a more understated way to use complimentary colors. A triad color scheme refers to three colors evenly spaced along the color wheel. These are typically very vibrant color combinations. A square color scheme refers to four colors that are evenly spaced along the color wheel. These often work best if one color is dominant and the other colors are used as accent colors. A rectangular color scheme is made up of two pairs of complementary colors. This color scheme is a great way to balance warm and cool colors. Now, while many artists find value in using the color wheel to select color schemes, I want to encourage you to also just paint what you see or even what you imagine, and not be afraid to break the rules even as a beginning artist, life is about learning and some rules are made to be broken. 4. Color theory - lecture part 2 : A tint refers to a color that has added white. We refer to these colors oftentimes as pastels. So for instance, pink would be a tint of the main hue, red. A tone refers to a color that has been toned down by adding gray. And a shade refers to a color with added lack. A good way to remember Shane's is to think of wearing a pair of sunglasses or shades. Okay, let's go ahead and jump into our first project. We are going to learn how to mix colors by creating our own color wheel. The wheel will also be a handy tool for you to use in your future compositions. 5. Color wheel project - primary colors: How low their artists, okay, let's create our very own custom DIY color wheels. I have here a piece of my card, stock multimedia or watercolor type paper, upon which I have drawn a circle. Now I use just a serial type of bowl to draw a circle onto my piece of paper that you can use anything circular in your house, the lid of a pot or a bowl works well. And then my square one-inch wash brush, that's the only branch that I'm going to need for this tutorial. And then my three primary colors are red, yellow, and blue are the colors that we're gonna be using. I have my water cup and paper towels off the side of the screen here. Let's go ahead and start with yellow. So we're just gonna take a damp and little bit of water always goes with the acrylic paint and get it nice and loaded up into the brush. And then you are just going to apply one that brush stroke at what's going to be about a third here of art circle. So kind of imagine maybe like a peace sign, some kind of eyeballing where it would come down here. And it's not an exact science and don't worry, no worrying or stressing out aloud. Just a nice bright yellow brush stroke. Okay, and now let's go ahead and apply our red. I'm rinsing my brush in-between each color. That's very important. And that I'm drying it off slightly on my paper towels. Okay, so this one's gonna go right from the top. Like so, good dexterity practice. It might take a couple to get a nice, solid color sample. That's really all we're doing today, is creating color samples for ourself. Okay, that looks good. Now renting my brush again, I started it on purpose with the lighter colors because you are, water is going to get pretty murky in this project. So feel free to change your water at any point that you might need as well. We are beginners here, and it might take a little bit of practice to blend the right color once we get into that. So let's go ahead and now add our blue and we're just going to again do what is trying to be a third here of our circle. And again, might need to go over it a few times. Just because I'm a perfectionist a little bit and try to get a nice solid blue. 39. Ok, now we're going to create our secondary colors. So we have our three primary colors. 6. Color wheel project - secondary colors: Now we're going to create R3 secondary colors, which if you remember from the lecture, are orange, purple, and green. So let's go ahead and start with orange. That's going to be yellow with a little bit of red mixed in. In orange. We want to try to get like a true orange color sample here. It's going to be a little bit more on the red side or on little bit more on the yellow side rather. So just a little bit of red in there. Not quite equal parts of yellow and red. Okay, so we have a nice True Orange there. And then we're just gonna go right in between, are yellow and are red and create you brushstroke of that beautiful orange. Guide is coming together nicely. Let's do the same thing now in this bottom third area. And this is going to go right from the bottom here and it's going to be green. So yellow with a little bit blue also more on the yellow side, a little bit of that darker pigment goes further than are lighter pigment. That's what we're learning here today. It's all the sort of intricacies of blending these colors. Okay. All right, in between, yellow and blue, Look at how pretty that green. Very pretty color, okay, and now purple or violet? Red and blue together. And again, very strong pigment here in this darker blue. So I have a little bit more on the red side with this look at how pretty that purple is getting some nice Hughes beautiful. 7. Color wheel project - tertiary colors: So we're just going to be mixing each to these colors together and then creating that tertiary color here in this little triangle space below. So you can really start wherever you like. But I think I'm gonna start again with my lighter colors. So I'm going to do a yellow orange. This is going to be an orange that is more along the side of yellow. Okay, yellow, orange, very pretty sunny color, really just a pinch of red and they're nice. Sunny Orange. Like so. Very pretty colored. And you are going to be just filling in your gorgeous rainbow here. So I want to go ahead and do a yellow green. So our guides are right in front of us. So make sure. And just sort of be your own guide as we create all these different hues as well. That was a little bit too much on the yellow side. Just a little bit more green. Perfect. There we go. Really trying to get those true color samples. Perfect. And now let's go ahead and do a red, orange, very beautiful color as well. This is going to be more along the side of red. Ok, red, orange. Very pretty color. Very fiery. And now a red, violet. Purple with a little bit of extra read. This has gotta be one of my favorite colors. How pretty and vibrant, That is very nice. And now blue violet. Almost done. So simple, blue violet, so a purple violet color, a little bit more on the blue side. So just a little bit of red here. Having fun, getting creative and messy, learning about color mixing today. Okay, it looks good. And then just filling in in, in that little triangle area, now might be a little bit to purpley. So perhaps a little bit more on the blue side. There we go. And one final color here is going to be a blue-green or a teal color, which is going to be my other favorite color. So blue mixed with yellow. Ok, you just a little, little yellow. We're gonna get a beautiful ocean, ne, blue, green. And that is going to be our final color here on our colour wheel project looking at how pretty that is. Ok, now I'm just going to let this dry and cut it out and we'll see our beautiful guide when it's a finished product. 8. Color wheel project - finished product: And here we have our finished product here, our own little DIY color wheel, which is hopefully going to be a handy guide to help you both mixed colors and choose color combinations. I hope you learned a lot and got to your creative juices flowing in this first project that let's go ahead and jump into the next segment. 9. Color chart project - setting up the chart: Welcome back artists. So we've created a color wheel. Now, we're going to create a color chart. This is going to be a sort of a rectangular shape here. And we're going to be diving into the world of tents, tones, and shades. So I have a smaller brush than my last project here. So I have the medium-size pointed brush that I'm going to use. I also have my pencil and a ruler. I have a clear rule, or you don't need to use a clear ruler. That just happens to be the kind that I have. And then the colors I have on my palette. Again, I have just the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. And then I also have my black and white. So all the colors that we're going to use it today. So let's go ahead and keep the brush on the side for now and we're going to trace out our chart. So the first thing that I'm going to do is create a narrow row for the colored labels. So this is a need to be too thick and being just the one end of the ruler itself. And that's easy to do. We're just going to create a straight line going up and down here lightly with our pencil. And then here at the top, same idea, we're just doing a labeling strip. I think I might make this one a little bit thicker though. And again, just to using this ruler to create some straight lines for ourself. And then I'm going to do some labeling and then I'll be able to just fill in my graph from there. So along the side here in this little narrow area that we've created for ourselves. I'm going to do in the first letter of all the colors that are going to be my main fuse. So these are, those are rainbow colors that you might remember in school as Roy G. So it's red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet. So we're going to start with red. So I'm going to just write the letter R and then orange, make sure and give yourself some space. Yellow, green, blue, and violet. And then along the top, I'm going to write the words Hugh. Tint, tone and shade. And I want to somewhat evenly space those as well. Hugh. Tint, tone and shade. Now that we have our chart laid out, we can go ahead and fill it in with our colors. 10. Color chart project - main hues: So now we'll need our brush a little bit of water. And let's go ahead and start with our main cues. So read, just read as it is. And we have our red here label to our left in this little Hugh area. Like so. We're just going to pay a little rectangle. Easy-peasy. And then we're just gonna move on down the line here. So creating orange next. All of our main Hugh's here. Very nice. Fresh in between each color. Yellow. I'm going to try to keep my boxes are rectangles here somewhat in line two, so it looks nice and pretty when it's finished. Make it ourselves a little rainbow here, Mary, pretty. Just finding out for ourselves. Learning by doing here. Am practicing our color mixing. Okay, and just the blue rectangular boxes, super simple. Just color samples. And purple or violet, excuse me. Blue and red together. Now we have all of our main Hughes. 11. Color chart project - tints tones and shades - warm colors : Just take on a little bit of red. And so our first tent there is going to be a light pink, very pretty. And then we're gonna do a tone. So a tone is going to be adding grey. So just a tiny little pinch of black into that light pink and we're going to get the tone of read. They're a little bit different there you see. Toning it down, that's what that's called. And then I'm a little bit of a shade as well. So a little bit of black in there into the red. And you'll get a beautiful dark red. Pink. Very pretty. Okay. My brush and moving on to the orange row. So first we'll start with a light orange. So a tint of orange with white added into that orange, beautiful Schubert color. Perfect. Orange, sharper, delicious, little tiny bit of black into that orange. We're going to create a tone. We're going to start getting some kind of weird neutral colors here. So don't worry again, this is all an experiment. And just good practice about color mixing, okay, looking a little bit of black into that orange and we're going to get essentially a brown, go almost a little bit greenish. Starting to get into those and neutral towns. Earthy tones. Beautiful moving onto our yellow row and now just a little bit of yellow and white. Like so. Which is a subtle difference and they're all tiny bit of black in there to get a toned down yellow. Sort of similar to our tone down orange. Seeing how those pigments react to each other. Okay, and now a shade of yellow. And this is actually always surprising to me, creates more of a green like an army green. I actually think it's very pretty and I use some times like so. 12. Color chart project - tints tones and shades - cool colors: Okay, moving on to the green row. Just make them a little bit more from myself. And then we're going to add some weight or a tint of green and beautiful light green. So nice. Very pretty passed a little tiny bit of black. Now, we're going to see what kind of color that creates area. Pretty kind of sage greening, but prettier in my opinion. And the sort of yellowish, neutral towns, although sometimes those come in handy as well. Looks good. And then a dark green. So I wanna make sure I'm starting with my true green there and then adding just a little bit of black. There gonna be losing space on your palate and you want to be doing lots of color mixing. Looks good. Like so. Okay. Just two more rounds. So I'm on my blue row and now a little bit of Queen while trying to find where. And then we're gonna take that beautiful sky blue here, which is that ten to glue, come out pretty pastel rove colors, I love that. Okay, and then adding a little bit of black, we're gonna get a really pretty grayish blue. So our tone of blue here, like so little bit of wonky anus and my rows, and that's okay. It's a handmade thing today. And then a beautiful shade of blue. So just a dark navy blue is where it's taken blue and adding a little bit of black. Getting that beautiful Navy shade. And our final row will be that violet. So just take a little bit of weight into that beautiful main hue for a pastel purple, violet. So pretty legs. So let me do a little bit lighter. And then a little bit of black. Make some more purple for myself. And then just adding a little bit of black and white, foreign tone down peripheral effects. And finally, a shade of purple. It's just a beautiful night sky color with just blue, red, and black together. Pretty dark color, they're gorgeous. So pretty. So now we've created all of the different tins, tones, and chains for our main rainbow hues. Keep in mind there's also tertiary hues that you could also bring through the same process and do tens, tens and shades. But just for the sake of time and a little bit of simplicity and for no overwhelmed, I decided to just do the main Hughes. Today's, I hope you learned a lot in this tutorial. Let's see what this chart looks like. All dry and finished and cut out. 13. Color chart project - finished product : Okay, so here we have our beautiful finish chart, all trimmed out and dry so we can see all of the different hues, tends, towns and shades of our main rainbow colors. So I hope you learned a lot in this tutorial. I think we are ready to get real creative and create our very first painting. So I'll meet you over in the next tutorial. 14. Tree of Many Colors - setting up : Greetings artists. Now the fun part where we are going to create our first full length painting for many of you, this may be the first painting now you have ever done, or the first painting that you've done in a long time. But don't worry, I'm gonna take you every single step of the way through it. And we are going to apply all of the color knowledge that we have gained in the past few segments. So I have my little color wheel here for myself as a reference. I'm going to be creating some brown neutral tones with this tutorial as well, which is also going to be good to know for your little knowledge or CINAHL. I have my same primary colors on my palette paper again. So red, blue, yellow, black, and white. We're ready to go. I am going to be using three brushes for this painting. So I have my large square wash brush. I have a pointed medium-sized brush and a pointed small detail brush. I have my water cup and paper towels off the screen and we are ready to rock and roll. 15. Tree of Many Colors - background part 1: So in this upper left-hand corner, Let's go ahead and start with a beautiful light. Yellow are going to be mixing so many different colors in this tutorial. So prepare to get messy. Okay, just layering this brushstroke technique here, kind of tiling it by going all different ways with my airbrush. So kinda laying of the different brush strokes down all different ways. And we're going to get some nice variation. If we add a little bit of white into that light yellow. Yellow and white here is what I'm working with in this upper corner. And I want a little bit of variation. And now I'm going to start blending in my way here over into this upper right-hand corner. And I'm going to create now a little bit of orange. We're technically using a tint of orange right now. Let's get in that beautiful Schubert color. I'm going to lay in this color now right next door, and I'm going to blend them together at now. I know that blending is a whole nother animal. I'm going to make a little bit more of a vibrant orange, mixing my yellow with my red here. And I have this beautiful, vibrant orange there is probably still a little bit of white in that. I'm going to take that orange into this upper corner just a little bit and start pulling that into my other lighter kind of shirt, Bert, orange. So very pretty. I think that's enough of those light colors. I'm going to rinse my brush. And now I'm going to create one of my favorite colors, which is going to be a beautiful teal greenish balloon. And I take some yellow and some blue. I'm going to mix it together until it's a nice green. I'm going to add another pinch of blue until I get a nice kinda in-between bluish, green color. Very awkward. So what we're going for here. And then once you get the right balance there, you're going to grab a little bit of white and just add that in there and there we get that beautiful sea green, blue, green teal color, okay? And we still have our big brush here. And when it's going to now take this color where I read about dead center. Maybe that's not quite enough. Blue for my taste. So I'm going to take a little bit more blue in there and a little bit more white. And you can actually even blend right on the Canvas, give it a try. And I'll always need to blend on the side and then apply the color you can actually blend as you go kinda. So again, they got a little bit of white in there as well. I don't want too dark of a shame there. That's about the color that I'm going for, maybe even another pinch of blue. You can have fun with it. There we go. And then I'm going to rinse my brush. I'm going to blend those two colors together. And this might be a little bit intimidating, but again, don't worry, we're going to be going back into this area later as well. So we're gonna get this really pretty kind of burnt orange and brown tone by bringing that same kind of brush stroke technique and brushstroke texture, but with a clean brush over into that section. So now we're really starting to get some nice blending. Going to rinse my brush again. 16. Tree of Many Colors - background part 2: And now I'm going to go into this bottom corner K and we're going to leave this area alone, pronounce. And then this bottom corner, I'm going to add a light blue. Now, I just want to point out to you, I'm just doing a whole bunch of really pretty rainbow colors here, but you could totally mix it up. You don't need to do these colors in this order. But same brushstroke technique, some going down here in this left corner. And with my light blue, just keep in that brush moving. And now I'm going to grab just a little bit of yellow and a little bit of green on my brush. We're going to kind of work our way up to that yellow. So yellow, meeting blue, we're getting green, k, We're getting all remembering that knowledge from our color wheel and we're going to bring them green up to this. It's gonna be kinda the area where our tree is. So it's okay, we have a lot of green going on. That's kinda what we want. I'm going to rinse my brush and I'm going to add my favorite color of the painting. Well, I guess my second favorite color to let the team as well. But I'm going to add some beautiful purple now, and it's going to be purple, those kind of more on the bread sides. So I have my red here. I'm gonna make some blue into that. And then I'm going to add a little bit of white. And again, I want this to be kind of more on the red side of purple. There we go, just about right, I think another little pinch of white in there. Who want to get just the right tone before you apply. Ok, that looks good to me. I'm going to add that beautiful purple tone now in there as well. And I don't wanna get too dark with my compensation mix. And I'm going to rinse my brush. I'm going to blend those two colors together, but I'm going to use mostly just white. So I have a clean brush and just going to grab some white. I'm going to use that white to go in between these two gorgeous colors and to have a really nice soft transition lookup pretty in that is just bringing that same color all the way around my purple to get it nice and blended. Okay, and look at how beautiful that looks, kinda looks great to me. So I'm gonna go ahead and now let this layer dry and we're going to come back and add our tree and even one more layer for a three layer acrylic composition that today. So let's go ahead and let this tries to step away and I'll see everyone in a few minutes. 17. Tree of Many Colors - creating the tree: Okay. So we're back with a dry a background. I still have all my same colors on my palette because I'm going to use them all again, you can certainly replenish your colors if you need fresh colors or even have multiple pieces of pallet paper going on. Because we're going to have a lot of colors with this painting. I also caught myself a little bit more clean white and I rinsed my brushes. I've got some clean water at break as well. Now we're going to do the tree and then the brown is going to be the one color that we have not really learned how to blend yet. So let's go ahead and dive into that. I'm going to use my medium size brush here. So there's two main ways that I'm going to show you how to create brown. And one is going to be what I would consider a warm brown, and the other would be a bit more of a cool brown. So let's go ahead and make our warm brown first. That's going to be the base color of our tree. And the way that I'm gonna do that is start with orange. So I'm gonna make a little batch them orange over here, over here by my red. And then I'm going to add a little bit of blue. So what I'm doing here is actually going across the color wheel. So I have blue here, so I have orange over here. So I'm going directly across the color wheel to neutralize both of those hues and create an in-between color of Brown's a little bit of blue. And that was maybe a tiny touch too much because now we're getting it to be green. So here's where you really get to get creative and have fun. So you'll add a little bit. I had to add a little bit more red there to neutralize the green. Same idea here. So you see red and green are across from, across from each other on the color wheel. So now all I have pretty much the tone that I was going for. I'm going to add a little bit of white just to make the base color for my tree, combat is going to be what I would consider a warm brown. That's going to be our main color. I'm going to lay on my tree now onto this background. And I'm going to start right here in my nice and bright purple. And I'm going to do few like main branches. Three to be precise. One, I'm going to have kinda current way down, like so. And then what I'm going to have kind of a curve. It's way off. This way. A little bit of water helps my pain go nice and smooth, going to come back now and kind of fattening those branches as I get towards the maze to the point of where these branches meet. Okay, that's what we want here. You could do lots of different shapes of branches really, you know, it's, we're doing just kind of a standard, slightly whimsical tree. But of you have all sorts of different kinds of types of trees that you could create here. From swirly branches to street bringing choose. Okay, one last little branch coming out in this direction. These are our main branches. So we're going to have little sub branches that come off of these main guys. That nice big trunk here. They add the beginning, getting more narrow. As we come to the top. There we go. And now I'm going to do some sub-branches as well. Coming off of either side here of my tree. You can build your tree however you like. Looks like I need a little bit more brown. Always good practice. A little bit too dark, mirror me a bit more yellow. Okay. You don't even need to have the exact same tone of brown either. Because if you get a little bit of color variation, see Andrew see something that looks nice as well. We're going to add a few more colors on there actually. So I'm gonna do one branch. We have one coming in right of that direction. Down here, maybe one more as well. You get to build whatever kind of tree that you would like to build. Okay, and that's looking pretty good to me. Think anyone more. They're all filled in with that main base color. Good dexterity practice with these along graceful brush strokes. 18. Tree of Many Colors - adding tints and tones to the tree: Now what I'm going to bring my tiny brush into the picture and I'm going to add a few different things to my tree to make it look a little bit more interesting and exciting and a realistic. And the first thing I'm going to do is make a cool brown as promised. And the way that I'm going to do that, it's just adding a little bit more blue and also a bit more gray. So black and white together. Like so. And then we're going to get this beautiful cool brown, just going to be a very different tone. So if we add this grayish brown all throughout, we're going to get some nice color variation. And what we're doing here is actually called wet on wet blending. So you're going to notice that the colors blend together because you're putting the new brush stroke color right on top of that wet base color. So that's what we call wet on wet blending. Now when you're layering, like how we did our background layer first, you're not getting that wet on wet blending. So there's two different ways to sort of build up and play with color with acrylics is doing layers. And we'll also just blending directly into the wet paint. Like so as you see, that's pretty subtle. So we want this really pretty subtle color difference starting to build up our tree there. And now you can take either brown. I think I'll probably just use this cool brown my add a little bit more yellow, like so. And I'm going to create a few different now tense tones with some white, so I'm gonna make a beige. Okay, so kind of just making a little bit more of that color and then adding some white to it so that I get a significantly lighter version of that breath. Okay, and then with that significantly lighter region of brown, we're going to do the same kind of things. We're still working with that wet on wet blending and our kind of filling in some areas that we didn't address with our cool brown. But we don't want to completely cover our main base color either. So this is again, sort of a play and that's kinda the practice of painting. Here we go, just getting some nice texture in there, breaking it up. You never wanna do just one solid color because it will end up looking sort of amateur, I suppose we could say. So always adding a little bit of interest. Whether it just be the background, mountains of a landscape or whatever it is that you're working with. You want to always have a little bit more than just one main color going on. Okay, that looks pretty good to me. And now let's do the same kind of thing with a darker version. And can kinda want to go more in the red brown direction here. So I'm going to bring a little bit more red in there. And then a little bit of black fur, sort of a dark reddish brown. I want it to be significantly darker. That looks about right to me. And also adding in a little bit now of shadow, little bit of highlight, a little bit of shadow. Like so we're actually also going to add just a pinch of black and white later. So we're playing with all different tones of brown. So look at all the different tones of brown that we also just learned. Playing around and learning and creating some art as we go through every little section, you want to take that same uniform, cool brown and really like and how my trees look in. Now. Take your time though. Rush yourself. Perfect. Okay, that looks great. 19. Tree of Many Colors - adding shades to the tree: Let's go ahead and go all the way to black and take a little bit of black here. Just kinda go along one side of each of these branches, creating a beautiful shadow. Dark and light and base colors as what we're newline in that brush stroke all the way down. And I'm going to sort of outline the base of my tree. But we're still working with wet on wet blending. So you may still get a little bit more blend then an outline would be. So it's kinda more of a shadow. I'm actually going to bring the shadow on either side on this branch as well. You're going to assess each branch as you see fit. Beautiful gradient all the way down and kind of always trying to stay in the direction. Here we go. The tree itself. Okay, so again, kinda outline kind of a blend. Okay, now gone here from the top part. And then brush strokes down into the tree. Very pretty little bit of shadow on both sides really makes it pop against those colors in the background. Pretty, and I don't think this one needs a full shadow. I'm just going to bring it all the way at the top. Then off my little composition there. Lambda Min of a disjointed kinda shadow outline there. So kind of disappears up into the top. Kind of an outline, kind of a shadow. Such good dexterity practice. Very light pressure on my brush, bringing it down, all the way down. And you got to be careful up in this part too, because we want to make sure we have a beautiful light yellow stone and we don't cover it too much with our branches. We can see the sunlight. I'm going to have a certain disjointed shadow there too. Doesn't need to be a perfect outline. Job. Shadowing the sides. There we go. That's looking pretty if you ask me. It's always good to be supportive of your own art. And then all the way down and off the canvas, that looks very nice to me. And bring this a little bit more shadow right there. It very pretty now we're actually let this layer dry as well. I'll probably get a fresh piece of pallet paper at break and I will again wash my brushes and get some freshwater so I'll see everyone in view. 20. Tree of Many Colors - adding colors to the tree part 1: Okay, welcome back to the final step. I have fresh colors on my palette. I didn't need a black, but I once again have my primary colors of blue, red, and a yellow. And I also have a little bit of white. I am now going to take my square, a large brush which is clean, clean my brushes and got freshwater again, add break too. Don't forget that. And then I'm going to be laying a few different colors now as my gorgeous fully edge on my tree, here on our tree of many colors. So let's go ahead and start with a darker color. And we're going to build our way up to a lighter colors. So let's go ahead and start with purple. Is going to be using a blue and red again to create that beautiful purple tone. And I'm going to use a little bit of white in there too, just because it's such a dark color. When you mix that true purple with just the two primary. So I like to add a little bit of white just so that my purple can be seen better. Just a pinch avoid. But still on the darker side that looks at just about right to me loading up of that brush with that color, then I'm going to just lay little brush strokes. You see how I have a little bit of blue in that purple too. And that's going to be so pretty kind of not over blending my colors and I'm just going to be relaying now the sort of tile brush strokes. It's a little bit in each little section of my tree. Like so I'm bringing that all the way up here into my yellow section as well. Just a few because we're going to have a few different colors. And you can even have one coming down if you'd like to. Kinda fun. Perhaps fall. And then I'm going to rinse my brush and I'm going to add now add a lovely blue. But I m going to have a little bit of leeway in this as well. Make kinda like a medium sky blue color. And then I'm again not over mixing my colors that I got a lot of nice, beautiful variation in there a little bit. And it's going to overlap. And it's also going to kind of fill in new space. Okay, I'm one brush stroke here is all you need for each of these little leaves or little areas of foliage. Perfect, right up here as well. Very graceful. Going to rinse my brush. Let's go ahead and add orange now. Insurance, nice and clean. Little bit of the yellow mixed with the red. Create a quick orange for ourselves. That looks just about right. I'm going to add a tiny bit of white into that as well, just again, to make it easy to see, a little bit of orange in that tree is just so pretty as well. And you can't add a few brush strokes again, falling down as if it is fall. So pretty. It's my favorite season even though we are creeping up on spring right now. Consume oxygen anytime of year in our little fantasy land. Okay, and now my two favorite colors, which is going to be a nice pink, purple, and then a little bit of light yellow. I think that those are the best colors in this painting at laces are my favorites. It's a little bit of a pinky purple, so pretty. I'm just here and there as well. And you can even go a little bit of blending going on. And that is okay. Because we have a tree of many colors, like so. And especially there at the top. Go. Gotta be careful to not create too boxy of a shade, even though we are using squares. You want to make sure that you're kind of moving your brush every different direction. And not creating too overt like a pattern. A little bit of white in there. Come on down. 21. Tree of Many Colors - adding colors to the tree part 2: I think I'll do a light down a level might even do a teal as well. Let's see. Yellow, little bit of yellow and white. Trying to save a little bit of clean white for one step that I have at the end of this, look at how pretty environment that looks on top of the other colors, love that. Very pretty different tile effect. Like so over here in the light yellow, it doesn't show up as much, but that's kinda what I like about it, is it's kind of like bringing that light down into our other colors, so it looks pretty good. And I think one last color, which is going to be a teal green. So I'm just rinsing my brush again and I'm going to add just a tiny, tiny little pinch of blue into my light yellow. Like so maybe two pinches of blue. Perfect. There we go. A little bit of a kind of an aqua light green and Symbaloo. And I'm going to, again, not over mix it and adding just some nice greenery so that we do indeed have a tree of many colors here. Pretty is that login. Lots of good colors over here as well. Okay. I'm going to like it and little bit of white in that green looks nice too. There were ever, you feel like you're painting needs computers that. Now one final check with our tiniest little detail brush and grab just a little bit of white. I'm going to have a few ever so dainty little highlights throughout this tree. And that's going to be our little piece de resistance of the painting. Again, you got to be really mindful. I'm going in the direction of your trees. That's our lovely little highlight there. Like so. Highlighting the beautiful curves of the tree. And leave a bit kinda coming up as well. Very light handed here. Very much a whimsical effect with them. Okay, and there we haven't a tree of many colors indeed, I hope you learned a lot from this full painting, tutorial and kind of were able to put together all the knowledge that was in the prior segments in the exercises and the lecture. Thank you so much for painting along. And now for a recap of this course and some final closing notes. 22. Recap/outtro: In this course, we learned about the color wheel and the relationship between colors. Learned how to select pleasing colors schemes and further solidified our color knowledge by mixing dozens of different colors ourselves. We expanded our art vocabulary, learning about Hughes tints, tones and shades, and even learned how to mix neutral tones like Brown and beige. We also created our very own masterpiece, which for many of you may have been the first painting you have done, or the first one you've done in a while. I'm so proud of you and I'm so pleased that you chose to spend this time with me. I hope this crash course has further and your color knowledge and arm do with basic skills so that you can now begin to venture out on your own art journey. I hope to see you in future tutorials and until next time, stay creative.