Colour Mixing Basics | Shellie Cleaver | Skillshare
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8 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:58
    • 2. The Colours You Need

      1:00
    • 3. Warm and Cool

      3:29
    • 4. Easy Colour Theory

      8:23
    • 5. How Artists Work With Colour

      1:26
    • 6. Thanks

      2:19
    • 7. More Art Classes

      1:28
    • 8. Brief Teacher Introduction

      1:06

About This Class

This class is for everyone - especially beginners with a fear and sense of overwhelm when it comes to colour mixing.

Join Sydney artist Shellie for this 16 minute class where she simplifies colour theory and gets you to follow along and start mixing your own colours. We will explore how to tell if a colour is warm or cool, and what that means.

Gain an insight into how artists think about and work with colour.


Start your colour journey today!

Transcripts

1. Introduction: Hello. My name is Shelly. I'm from Sydney, Australia, and I'm fine artists to a study painting and drawing today. I am going to teach very by six of color theory. I'm hoping to take some of the fear out of color mixing and really give you the basic tool . See, start exploring color on your We're going to consider what paints you might need. What colors To create a basic palette from which you can mix colors. We're going to explore color theory in very basic, simple terms. We're going to actually try and have an insight into how artists think about cholera and what their processes might be around mixing color through all of this harp, it's going to give you a solo foundational grounding in column theory and color mixing. So let's get started on this fund class. It's designed for beginners, but old skill levels could benefit. Let's get started 2. The Colours You Need: colors that you need for this class, which I recommend are warm and cool blue. This is ultra marine and cobalt warm and cool yellow, cadmium and lemon warm and cool red, which would be a scarlet or cadmium. And in a Liz Aerin and I've also got some earth colors. He and Oka sienna, raw amber, a white and a black. So the basic materials that you need for this class include paint brushes, paper or canvas. And really, I encourage you to use whatever materials you have to hand so hopefully won't need to go and spend much money to buy special paints or brushes. If you've got acrylics or watercolor or wash, even oil paints, whatever is your medium. That will be fine for this class because it works across all mediums that are liquid where we can mix the colors together. 3. Warm and Cool: So for beginners, the concept off warm and cool colors can be very hard to understand, and it's something that you gain an understanding off through looking and comparing different colors, and you can start to refine how you could say the color, and then you have to raid if it's warm or cool. So, for example, ultra Marine blue. When you look at it as a color, it has more readiness than how the blues such as oppression. So because ultra marine blue has more red in it, it's considered a war color, even though it is a blue, which, you might say, well, blue is cool. So if we were to consider oppression blue, for example, that color tends to have a sort of gray. A cooler appearance doesn't have the red that the ultra Marine has, and that's why it is a cool blue. Yellow is an easy one, Teoh explain. If you consider a lemon lemon yeller, it's very acidic and Chris and clean, and that is a cool yellow every. Consider the yellow off. What plows? A cadmium yeller, marigolds, that sort of womb slightly orangey reached yeller. Oh, and a joke. For example, that's a warm yellow so hurt. Those two examples helped to give you some idea of how to distinguish paint warm and cool. But we'll go ahead now and just look at some clear comparison visually so you can start to get into the swing of warm and cool. So let's consider blue on the left. We have an ultra marine blue and on the right oppression blue, and you can see that the ultra marine blue on the left is warmer. It has more red in it. The color on the right, The Prussian blue is grayer, has a slightly dead equality. It's not as bright, and it is considered a cool blue. Hopefully, by saying these two colors side by side, it has made it clearer the difference between warm and cool when looking at blues. So here we have a warm red on the left hand side. Usually it called a cadmium red. It has mawr are yellow and warmth in the color compared to the color on the right, which is a cool red. You might consider that in the lizard crimson, it's not as bright is dollar and denser and has a generally cool up look to it, and it also you would say it has more blue in it. It's verging closer toward the purple side of red. Now here we see a warm yellow on the left hand side. It's that rich egg yolk color, cadmium, yellow. Here's what that would be called. This color has more read it than the cool yellow, which you see on the right hand side, which is a lemon yellow. It's crisper. It's more acidic, very clean looking color, and it has far less red in it than the cadmium on the left. 4. Easy Colour Theory: so the primary colors are the colors that you cannot mix. You need to buy these in a tube, and the first of these colors is red. The second is yellow and the third is blue. For this class, I'm using quash as my material, but you can use acrylic paints, watercolor, whatever you're comfortable with whatever you have to hand. So here I've got my three primary colors. I'm using an ultra marine blue, a spectrum red end, a cadmium yellow. These are old warm colors, which is quite important. Teoh be mixing colors that are either warm or cool. If you were wanting to mix the Kool colors, that would be a lemon yellow. It would be oppression or cobalt blue and in a lizard crimson for the red. So I'm laying my three primary colors onto my pellets. For your project, I recommend that you follow along with me in the class and copy what I am doing. That way you can actually participate and actually learn through doing and learn to mix the colors yourself and not simply watch someone else do that. Now I'm going to place a a sludge of my blue pull it by a split of red and then a splotch of yellow secondary colors are colors that you can mix when you mix two of the primary colors together, so the first secondary color we will consider is orange, and you get orange by mixing red and yellow. When you mix the primary color blue and yellow together, you will achieve the secondary color green. When you mix the primary colors blue and red together, you achieve the secondary color purple, so follow me as I mix my secondary colors. First, we're mixing the blue with some yellow to achieve a green. Because yellow is a more transparent color. You really need a bit more yellow than blue. Yes, my green. We're now going to mix the next secondary color with red and blue, and in this case you would have more red and less blue because blue would be stronger. There's a purple Now. The final secondary color is yellow and red, which makes an orange. You would need more yellow in this case and less rid. We're trying to achieve a color that sits in between the primaries, on, which looks like a good step between the primaries, so you wanted to look balanced, and he wanted to look equally blue and red. Now, the type of secondary color that you achieve depends on how much of each of the primaries you mix. So here I'm adding more yellow to the orange toe to achieve a yellow orange. If instead I added more red to the orange, I would be achieving a red orange, which sits on the other side of the color wheel, closer to the red with color mixing. It's very important to clean your brush thoroughly when you change colors, because dirty brushes and dragging old colors across can really muddy your colors and trying to learn about color So you want to have clean materials and clean brushes. So here I'm creating a purple, which actually has mawr red than blue. Now, if I were to add more blue to the purple, I would achieve a purple that is much more blue than red. So if I add more blue to the grain, I end up with a blue green, which sits between that first green and the blue. But if I were to add more yellow, I would achieve a yellow grain, so this is a little simplified color will that we've now created, and you can see the three primary colors of the largest pledges of color. We then have the secondary colors, which are the smallest blotches of color, and then with the lines of color, we've actually been able Teoh lean the color toward the primaries. So, um, or red, orange or yellow, orange, a blue, purple, red or purple and so on. Here I've annotated the color the color wheel to show you exactly to label all of the colors and show exactly what we have done. Now this sort of color will can be helpful when you're learning to mix color because you might think are what were the primary colors again, or what was the what were the secondary colors? Or how do I mix purple? And by looking at this chart, hopefully you'll be up to see that to mix purple. It's in between the red and the blue, so you need to mix those two primary colors together. So for beginners, the concept off warm and cool colors can be very hard to understand, and it's something that you gain an outstanding off through looking and comparing different colors, and you can start Teoh refine how you could say the color, and then you have to raid if it's warm or cool. So, for example, ultra Marine blue. When you look at it as a color, it has more readiness than how the blues such as oppression said, because ultra Marine blue has more red in it. It's considered a war color, even though it is a blue, which, you might say, well, blue is cool. So if we were to consider oppression blue, for example, that color tends to have a sort of gray. A cooler appearance doesn't have the red that the ultra Marine has, and that's why it is a cool blue. Yellow is an easy one. Teoh explain. If you consider a lemon lemon yeller, it's very acidic and Chris and clean, and that is a cool yeller. Every Consider the yellow off. What plows? A cadmium yeller, marigolds that sort of womb slightly orangey reached yeller. Oh, and a joke. For example. That's a warm yellow so hurt. Those two examples helped to give you some idea of how to distinguish paint warm and cool, but we'll go ahead now and just look at some clear comparison visually so you can start to get into the swing of warm and cool. 5. How Artists Work With Colour: artists can have very different approaches to working with color. One of these approaches is to work wet in wet on the actual canvas or piece of paper. Here's an example where have put a blue down and next to it? I will put a yellow. And when those two colors meat, we start to get an intermingling off the blue and the yellow and green color forms. Other artists arm or precise about their color mixing, and they prefer to mix their colors before they use them on the canvas. So here are mixing a green, and then I will paint it on to my surface. Some artists who work in oil paint because it doesn't dry quickly, they have time to actually meticulously mixed their colors on their palate before they touch the canvas. But this reflects a very, um, specific methodic call accurate type of artist. The Earth colors browns very useful for mixing color because they help you to just dollar color down. So what I've done is taken an ultra marine blue, and I've added a brown, and you can see here that it's a duller, cooler type of blue than the ultra Marine at. Sitting next to this is a good way to actually Nigel Colors and, uh, and refined them 6. Thanks: thank you for joining me on this color mixing basics class. Have you enjoyed it as much as I did, and I really hope it's helped you overcome any hesitancy or fee you had about color mixing . However, you have the basic knowledge now the maid to mix colors and Teoh to feel confident. In your practice. We've made our color wheel, and that's a good reference point for you in the future so that you understand what colors to mix together to achieve the color you want. If you enjoy the class, please lay for review. If you have any questions, get in touch, please like the claws and share it with your friends. And don't forget to follow me on school. Shit. I really look forward to seeing you for our next costs. By, uh, I've made lots of classes on painting and drawing and water colors, color theory, endless classes feed to take, and you find that each one you do your skills will develop and grow. So let's have a look at how to follow me on school Share. Here is the full I button. Click on this on, and if you hover your mouse over this part here. It'll take you through to my profile as well. Under my profile, you'll see all of the classes I've created, and you'll be able to see the range of classes you could take. So here are highlight a couple of my art classes. Color mixing basics for absolute beginners. Copying the Masters with Shelly Learn to paint. Watch me work. Embrace fear in the creative process. Begin is charcoal drawing How to paint gloss and beginners. Figure drawing gesture. I'm creating new outclasses all the time on. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to support you as you develop your own creative skills and make your way on your own creative journey. So let's start making stuff. 7. More Art Classes: I've made lots of classes on painting and drawing and water colors. Color theory, endless classes for you to take, and you'll find that each one you do your skills will develop and grow. So let's have a look at how to follow me on school Share. Here is the full I button. Click on this, and if you hover your mouse over this part here, it'll take you through to my profile as well. Under my profile, you'll see all of the classes I've created, and you'll be able to see the range of classes you could take. So here are highlight a couple of my classes color mixing basics for absolute beginners. Copying the masters with Shelly Learn to paint. Watch me work. Embrace fear in the creative process. Begin is charcoal drawing how to paint gloss and beginners figure drawing gesture. I'm creating new outclasses all the time on I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to support you as you develop your own creative skills and make your way on your own creative journey. So let's start making stuff 8. Brief Teacher Introduction: so from a creativity is central to what I do. It really feeds. May I think creativity is vital to our well being and is worth pursuing and is worth investing time in. My name is Shelly. I'm a Sydney based artist, Andi. I work across many mediums. I studied oil painting at the National at School in Sydney. It was a beautiful sandstone jail with a very traditional Italian based structure, so we learned drawing every stage of education. By taking these classes step by step, you'll build your skills, your knowledge and also you experience and confidence. And that's the thing that's worth pursuing, because in the end, you're an artistic practice could really sustain you and sustain your life. So I really hope that these classes help you on your creative journey. And they make doing these creative activities less scary and give you some confidence to move forward in your in practice. Thanks for stopping by. I really hurt my classes of helpful for you. You might even say my to studio assistants Ali and Millie in some of the classes