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Painting "Nova" - Colour Mixing

In this instructional painting video, Nicole pre-mixes colour for her oil painting “Nova”.  Learn how to mix colour accurately and why to pre-mix colour when it comes to oil painting techniques.  The entire video is narrated.

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How do you mix colours properly?

Choose a colour from your reference that you want to mix.  The first few colours are usually the most difficult, so try to choose one you feel reasonably confident about.  Try to figure out what the hue is – is it blue?  Red?  Purplish beige?  Think about the colours on your palette that are the closest to the colour you’re trying to mix.  Remember that primary colours can be mixed to create secondary colours – if you’re trying to mix a green, for example, think about combining your blues and yellows rather than reaching for green paint right away.

Can you mix oil paint colours with water?

Oil and water simply won’t mix, so it’s essential to mix your oil painting colours with a paint thinner, or a linseed oil, as opposed to water.

How many different colours should I mix before starting my oil painting?

Take the time to assess the different hues and colours you want to include in your painting. I recommend mixing at least 10 before beginning.

What is colour temperature?

I have a course entirely designed to teach the colour temperature and values available to take online here.

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