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Color Theory (mixing secondary colors)


Color theory is one of those fundamentals that will help you understand how colors interact and mix to create new colors. In watercolor, mixing secondary colors involves combining primary colors to achieve a new hue. Primary colors—red, blue, and yellow—are the building blocks of all other colors. When you mix two primary colors together, you get a secondary color. Here's a breakdown of mixing secondary colors in watercolor:

  1. Mixing Orange: Orange is a secondary color created by mixing red and yellow. Depending on the proportions of each color, you can achieve various shades of orange. For example, adding more red will result in a warmer orange, while adding more yellow will create a lighter, more vibrant orange.

  2. Mixing Green: Green is another secondary color formed by mixing blue and yellow. Again, the proportions of each primary color will determine the shade of green produced. More blue will give you a cooler, bluish-green, while more yellow will result in a warmer, yellowish-green.

  3. Mixing Purple: Purple is the third secondary color, made by mixing red and blue. Adjusting the ratio of red to blue will yield different shades of purple. Adding more red will create a warmer, reddish-purple, while adding more blue will produce a cooler, bluish-purple.

It's essential to experiment and get to know different combinations and ratios of primary colors to discover the vast range of secondary colors you can achieve. Keep in mind factors such as the intensity of the pigments and the transparency of the watercolor paints, as these can also influence the resulting color mixtures. By better understanding color theory and practicing mixing colors, you'll gain greater control and confidence in creating harmonious and visually appealing watercolor paintings :)


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