Every Color of the Rainbow

Creating endless colors with just a few…red, blue, yellow, black and white!

When you start with a simple palette of only primary colors…your rainbow of colors are endless.

Can we count them? Probably not…say all 10 million of them? Try naming them!

So many times as I am teaching and mixing colors…my words fail me for a name that describes the color…I end up with avocado…seriously…like that’s the best I can do?!

Where my words fall short…my painting lends its voice.

Where my words fall short…my painting Lends its voice

~Laurie Rothwell

Every color, every shade, every tint is a mixture of pigment, binder, solvent and additives…which creates your acrylic paints.

Pigment is what gives paint its color. Made from many different substances, some are natural and some man-made. Color mixing is definitely affected by the quality of pigments used. Cheap paints do not create vibrant colors.

Paint is created by a mixture of dry and wet ingredients bound together . As opposed to oils; acrylics are made with water as a solvent…which as evaporation happens the paint dries quickly. Temperature and humidity play a part into the speed of dry time.

Are you still with me??

Keep reading…or scrolling…because there are some videos for you below!

Let’s skip all this chemistry stuff…a class I never took…and go right to painting…to mixing…to taking our pre-created paints and playing. I never was one that enjoy the prep work…the instruction…the studying. For me it’s most often “hands on”! And yes I make lots of mistakes…have to do things over…probably took the much longer route…

This is where I feel most comfortable. Painting is learning…let’s learn together.

Are you ready try your hand at mixing beautiful colors?

I have 3 short videos for you; where I have only used 2 of the primary colors in each…showing you how amazing colors emerge from this simple palette.

By adding black and white, you will create even many more colors!

***If you would like to order the same paints I use to teach with,

you will NOT be disappointed with the color mixing!

Here is the exact paints I use in the colors I am demonstrating…

Titanium White Mars Black Phthalo Blue Chrome Yellow Bright Red

Clear your mind of expectation…then fill it with expectancy…grab your paints…one brush will do…a larger one is best (The brush I use is a Liquitex Basic #8 Bright seen HERE) and a canvas or heavy paper to paint on.

We will begin with mixing just 2 colors…Red and blue
In this video we will be mixing Yellow and Blue
And the Last color combination of Yellow and Red

My hands create the work…my eyes delight in the beauty of what happens; where creator and creation become unified. It’s a joy filled experience!

It’s becomes a taste of the delight your Heavenly Father had when He created you!

I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well.

How precious are your thoughts to me, o god! How vast the sum of them!

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Psalms 139:14 & 17 NASB, Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

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