Basics of Color Theory

Elena Fay
A free video tutorial from Elena Fay
Fashion Illustrator and Watercolor Artist
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Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Basic Watercolor Techniques

42:53 of on-demand video • Updated December 2017

  • Start painting with watercolor with this fun and easy guide to the basic techniques. Step by step guided course for beginners.
  • In this class, we’ll start with a basic introduction of watercolor tools. I’ll walk you through the color theory. You will learn how to create, blend and shape colors with brush strokes. Then you’ll put it all into action by creating your own dreamy watercolor painting.
  • You will learn about your materials and how to see the full potential of your brushes and other materials to create textures in watercolor
English [Auto] Well you're just starting out. It's important to know the callers that you're working with. So let's start with the basics. I have a colorable here. And books learn how to use it and we can create our own because it's great to have it as a reference. So we have three primary colors red yellow and blue and you can get this through colors by mixing in other colors but by mixing them together in different proportions and adding different amount of water you can get all the colors you want if you mix two primary colors you will get a second color by mixing red and yellow and orange by mixing blue and yellow with green and blue and red. Get why. We also have tertiary collars so if you mix a secondary and primary color you will get one in between. So for example if you mix orange and yellow he will get yellow orange if you mix orange and red he will get red orange so it will be like closer to the primary and you can just continue mixing. So it applies to the rest of the colors colors that are located across each other on the color wheel contrasting commonest or complementary colors. What it means on this call is a complete opposite. For example there is no red within the mix of green or there is no blue within the mix of orange. It's great to remember because these conscious colors are complementary colors. They complement each other. If you put two complementary colors next to each other for example yellow and purple you will see a very strong contrast and the colors will stand out. So complementary colors brings the most of each other. But when you mix them together they kind of neutralize each other so you will get brownish or grayish neutral shades. Don't be afraid to experiment with complementary colors because you can get very nice greyish and brown shades at the beginning. When I did know this trick I would add black paint to my color mix to get grayish colors and it looks OK while the paint is about. But when the tries it just looks very muddy. And to find the warm and cool colors you can do this trick by putting your hand next to your. So colors on one side will be warm and colors on the other side. Who colors.