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Acrylic Color Mixing Made Easy

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Mix the colors you're dreaming of using just a handful of paints. Plus, learn what causes muddy colors so you only create them on purpose.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Carol Mclntyre
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Learn how to mix acrylic paints with lessons from award-winning artist Carol McIntyre. Start by creating a pigment chart — a visual reference guide to all your colors. Take your color confidence further as Carol demystifies hue, value and chroma. Explore techniques for easily mixing complementary colors. Next, make color temperature simple as you create a two-primary color chart. Progress to painting a simple, beautiful still life using a pair of complementary colors. Then, mix clean secondary and tertiary colors that are bright or dull, and apply your new skills to paint a lovely purple flower. Move on to mixing natural-looking green hues to open up a landscape of painting possibilities. Plus, apply what you've learned to paint a pastoral landscape with both vivid and muted hues using a two-primary palette.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting to Know Your Acrylic Paints
Meet artist Carol McIntyre and start developing your color mixing skills! Learn how to quickly organize your paints, then create a pigment chart -- an essential tool for effectively translating what you see onto canvas. You'll also gain familiarity with important paint properties and characteristics.
2. The Power of Complementary Colors
3. Color Bias of Primaries
4. Complementary Color Paintings
5. Mixing Bright & Dull Secondaries
6. Mixing Greens
7. Creating Depth in a Painting

Recommended with this class

  • Acrylic paint, brushes, canvas or board
  • Sta-wet palette

Taught by

Carol  Mclntyre
Carol Mclntyre
At age 36, Carol McIntyre traded in her corporate blue suits for a painter’s smock. She attended the Minneapolis College of Art & Designs, and her work has since been featured in national art magazines and honored with numerous awards. Carol has a passion for studying color and sharing her knowledge. Her unique teaching methods give other painters a smooth path to color mixing success.

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