A blank canvas alone means endless possibilities. But throw globs of colorful paint into the mix and add a bit of wrist action, and the potential for creative genius is infinite. The 100 million different hues that can be seen by the human eye require some combination of just three: blue, yellow, and red. Color blending is the gradual transition of one color to another. Blending in white is used when making a tone darker. This technique used in painting to express shadow and light. Blending two different colors together can create unusual new colors between them.
Here are some examples of how artists use this method in their work:
These mesmerizing paint mixing videos by artist Annette Labedzki are great demonstration of how colors can come together in interesting ways.
Notice the purpleish blue next to the white, and the black next to the yellow. Play around with blending paint: you’ll come to notice some patterns and surprises. The more you know how it works, the easier it is to express your ideas.
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