Color Mixing

This little clip shows how to use the color chart that is free with the Golden Modern Theory Paint Set. It's a GREAT practice exercise as well- later you can even sketch an attractive grid to paint for a bold 'statement piece' to display. Your exploration of color mixing can be art!

Over the years, I have figured out, as a paint instructor, most of the anxiety for those just beginning to paint is about how-to MIX COLORS to get the COLORS you desire.

This video was created to aleave that stress over color mixing. You will learn to hone your color mixing skills with a fun and simple exercise. If you take time to do this exercise it will be an invaluable step toward building your confidence in painting.

Yes, Annie and I prefer to use and highly recommend purchasing professional quality paints, but we mostly use only the eight tubes of color in Golden's Heavy Body Modern Theroy Paint Set in ALL our courses.

You'll discover through watching this video that you don't have to spend a fortune and buy all those colors you see in the art store, uless ofcourse you want to and it is in your budget.

This video is all about the basics and will teach you a way to learn to mix those eight colors to make most all the colors you need to paint. You can become a master before you know it at mixing the colors you want!

In the clip below, I included this little sneak peek for you to see a bit of one lesson. You will see how we begin a painting by 'practice-mixing' the colors we will need in ADVANCE of the actual painting.

This video is a lesson from copying a master's still life, in the course "Learn from the Masters-Paint with Vincent Van Gogh." I'm sure you'll agree this is always a much better practice, but especially important in the beginning. Otherwise you are just spontaneously starting a painting blindly, hoping you can figure the colors out as you go. If you mix your color palette first, you'll proceed forward in your painting with confidence. Confidence allows you to feel comfortable and enjoy the painting process.

It's a good idea to record your paint mixes in your 'painting notes', that Annie showed in her first section. I would recommend this routine at least for the first several month to a year to speed your skills in the painting journey. You'll be able to use these color mixing notes for reference on art you do in the future. This is a great short-cut because you can see how to mix certain colors at a glance.

Modern Theory Color Mixing Guide.pdf

I thought you might enjoy and benefit from the following four videos on the very beginnings of color mixing-which is adding tints and shades to change the color (or hues) of the seven tubes of colors in the Modern Theory Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Set you have purchased.

The more you practice the more familiar you will become with color mixing! It will soon become 'second nature' for you each time you set down at the easel to paint.

Tints and shades of cool and warm Yellows

Tints and shades of warm red-Napthol Red Light and cool red-Quinacridone Magenta

Tints and Shades of Phthalo Green (Blue Shade) and cool bue-Anthraquinone Bue

Shades and tints for cool purple-Dioxazine Purple

Annie has written two books that are a ROCK for the foundational knowledge of acrylic painting! I put mine on spiral binding at the office store -now they lay nice and flat to use while I am painting.

Here they are in this photo - you can get them from

"The Joy of Acrylic Painting" and ----

A little sneak Peek on color mixing exercises inside of just one of the books Annie has authored on acrylic painting! I kept it short, as I don't t want it to be too much of a spoiler' for you in case you want to purchase them. These books are truly a real game changer for acrylic painting artists!

NOTE: I have a section I added that gives you a little more info on Annie's books at the end of the course.

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