Colour Theory for beginners tutorial

An understanding of colour theory can really help with bringing your paintings to life!


Colour theory not only helps with mixing colours, but also the process of choosing a colour palette to work with. You might remember learning this at school, but just in case you’re like me and didn’t pay heeeeaps of attention (oops!), here are the basics of colour theory.


All colours can be mixed from two or more of the three primary colours: blue, yellow and red (or pink, yaaas!).


For example: blue + yellow = green, red (or pink) + yellow = orange, blue + red = purple. These colours are secondary colours.


To take it even further, there are also tertiary colours, for example greens that are made with more blue than yellow = blue-green, and have a cooler look to them. In comparison, a green that is mixed with more yellow than blue = yellow-green, and will have a warmer look.


So, keeping all of this in mind - when painting, you theoretically only need three colours to work with, because you can mix everything else from there!





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