For this exercise I used Blick Artist's Acrylics.  They are affordable and very nice for the price.  

I worked on 11" x 14" watercolor paper

Primary Colors: 

 RED                   YELLOW

Secondary Colors: 

Orange                  Green                  Purple 

Tertiary Colors:

 Magenta            Vermilion                     Amber                 Violet                     Teal               Chartreuse 

Complimentary Colors: 

Green+ Red

Yellow + Purple

Blue + Orange


When Black is added to a color. 


When White is added to a color


Any pure color on the color wheel. 


A color that has been mixed with grey. The tone changes according to how much black/white is in the grey mixture. 


How light or dark a color appears to be. 

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Password:  100works 


   Painting with pure primary colors is a great place to start if you are just learning about mixing colors, but it's also a great for any artist that wants to keep things simple and harmonious when it comes to painting.  Plus, knowing that you can make most any color from three colors is pure magic, at least to me.  

Primary colors cannot be created by any other colors, they are the purest form of color.  They are RED, YELLOW, and BLUE.  When you mix these colors you get secondary colors.  If you mix primary colors with secondary colors you get Tertiary colors.  I will dig deeper into color in other lessons, but from this lesson you will see that I make multiple colors and tints, using the primary colors with white.  

Find a reference image of any kind.  Sketch it out with pencil.  Mix your colors and begin looking for the changes in value.  Block in your colors starting with the lightest to darkest or darkest to lightest (this is going to be up to you). Gently blend your colors with a damp brush as you are painting. 

Most of all, enjoy the process.


Above is my palette, after I finished this painting.  Obviously I am not a tidy painter, but the positive side is that there's a lot of room for improvement.  ;)  I love seeing artist's palettes that are neat and organized... maybe one day I will be that kind of artist too.  


"Color is all. When color is right, form is right. Color is everything, color is vibration like music; everything is vibration." - Marc Chagall