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What We Love: Color Blending

Color blending is a mesmerizing and useful way to brighten up your canvas.

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:


Rothko - Yellow Band
Mark Rothko, Yellow Band. Image credit: 
Monet - Impression Sunrise
Claude Monet, Impression Sunrise. Image credit: Wikipedia.
Matisse - Woman with a Hat
Henri Matisse, Woman With a Hat. Image credit: Wikipedia.
Van Gogh - Starry Night
Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night. Image credit: Wikipedia.

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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Feeling inspired to try out this exciting technique on your own? Give it a whirl with our Acrylic Paint Set, or, for a different look, how about Wondrous Watercolors?