Artists and Interior Designers will be familiar with the colour wheel above. If you have a basic understanding of colour theory then it will help you greatly when you launch yourself into painting or designing the interior of your home. Colours basically fall into two categories, cool and warm. The colours next to each other are complimentary and work to create a harmonious colour scheme. Those opposite work as a contrast. So for instance, if you wanted to created a cool and calm colour scheme in a room then the colours to the left of the wheel and closest to each other in various tonality would work to create this effect.
A good place to start when you take up painting is to learn how to mix your colours. Experiment on cheaper water colour paper to create new colours. This is a fantastic skill to learn and will set you up so that if you only have the primary colours available plus black and white you will never be short of the full rainbow.
This exercise is great fun, especially if you are using water colour. You can play around to see how various depths of paint create varying colours. Give it a go and keep experimenting.
You will need:
1) Water colour paper, as you progress the higher quality per gram is the best to use as it is so much more versatile.
2) A paint brush – if you can afford it and you intend to continue painting then buy the best you can afford.
3) A few small pots of water
4) Water colour tubes or a palette. (Palettes can get muddy quite quickly but are portable). Once again for experimenting you don’t need to break the bank.
5) Kitchen towel
Watch this youtube video to help you out: