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Getting Started with Color Mixing

Today I thought I'd share a little bit about the first class in my "Getting Started" series: Getting Started with Color Mixing.

Question: Why is color mixing an important piece of knowledge?

Three reasons: 

ONE: Knowing how colors will interact is key for layering.

I work in lots of layers in my art journal, on my scrapbook pages, and when I paint on canvas.  Sometimes I'm (a) impatient or (b) work with water-reactive products that react when a new layer is added.  To avoid the big brown mess, it's important to know how the colors you're using will react with the colors you've already used.

TWO: It's part of being authentic.

About a year ago I noticed that so much of my work was defined by a few colors -- a particular shade of red, a certain blue, etc.  And it looked like a lot of stuff that was already out there.  It was because I was using my paint colors right out of the tube.  When I learned how to mix my own paint colors, I feel like my art work took a huge leap forward.  Just like carving my own stamps, using my handwriting, learning to draw, making my own patterned paper -- learning how to mix my own colors is part of my artwork becoming more authentically and unmistakably me.

 THREE: It makes travel arting so much easier.

Whether I'm headed to class or on vacation, knowing how to mix my own colors means that I can bring five tubes of paint (red, blue, yellow, black, and white) and have virtually every color at my fingertips.

Question: What can I expect from class?

Here's the rundown:

  • The class is hosted on a private password protected blog.  You can leave comments and questions just like you would on this blog (and I usually answer all questions in under 24 hours).
  • All lessons are delivered via video.  I know I said that each "Getting Started" class would have no more than five videos, but I couldn't help myself and I ended up making SEVEN!!!  When I get enthusiastic about something, I just can't stop myself.
  • The video topics are: 
    • Creating Secondary and Tertiary Colors
    • Mixing Non-Primaries
    • Creating a Color Wheel
    • How I Use a Color Wheel to Mix
    • Tinting, Shading, and Toning
    • Creating Neutrals
    • Color Mixing with Other Art Supplies
  • I have to confess that the final video might be my favorite.  In it, I share how to apply color mixing to lots of different art supplies (markers, pencils, PanPastels, and even how to custom mix your own spray ink colors).
  • All the class content is aimed towards making you feel very much in control of the whole color mixing process and ready to head into the studio and make art!

Question: What are the videos like?

I made a quick (36 seconds) promo video for the class that gives you a peek:

The video above contains clips from just five of the seven videos (I had to keep some of the really good stuff under wraps, you know!).  

Question: How long will the class be open?

Once you sign up, you never ever lose access to the class.  You can go back and review the videos at any time. I know that as a student, I *hate* it when online classrooms are only open for a short period of time.

"Getting Started with Color Mixing" is just $15:

Buy a pass for all twelve classes for $150 (savings of $30, only available until January 1, 2013):

You can read more about the whole "Getting Started" series here.

I hope you'll join me for all the fun!  

I'm giving away THREE spots in the class!  If you'd like to win a spot in the class, simply leave an answer to the following question in the comments section of this blog:

What interests you most about this class?

I'll announce a winner on the 26th.

Thanks for stopping by!