I love giving my finished pieces a splash of black or white and this time added splashes of watered down Cloud 9.
Thursday 27 April 2023
Wednesday 26 April 2023
In your own colour adventures, we hope by now you have tried to create variations of all your favourite colours. For this topic, to be really effective and show off the the impact that a single colour can have, we decide to focus on a blue and how it might impact on other colours it is partnered with .... but which one !?
Our team of fabulous bloggers had to work with this colour and 2 others of their choosing. As you probably can guess from the title of this topic, we selected a blue, as it is one of the easier and most popular hues for most people to get to grips with. We wanted something not too bright, not too light (or dark) to get maximum variation. So welcome to the star of this topic, a friend that will pop up in each blog post .... a drum roll for... Surf's Up!
As we delve into this topic, let's help you understand the colour-language that might be new to you. There are words that will crop up a lot over the next few weeks and when used purely in relation to colour, their meaning might be new to you. If you can understand the intention better, it should also help you with your colour explorations.
These words are: value, tint, shade, saturation, tone, hue. How confident are you that you could explain each of these terms in relation to colour? Well, we are here to help!
Source: Fine Arts Tutorials
Source: Ian Scott Massie
To create tones with Fresco paint, in order to change the saturation of your colour, you first will want to consider its initial value.
Surf's Up is quite a mid-value, so from the greys available I have selected Elephant, a medium grey, to limit the lightning/darkening of Surf's Up, and to really show the change in saturation alone (the value remains consistent).
However we have a whole family of neutral greys to play with: Concrete and Koala are lighter and therefore would create new tones while also lightening Surf's Up. Slate, which is a much darker grey, would create darker tones and also lower the value of the resulting colour taking it to a moody place.
Adding neutrals will create soft, complex colours great for subtle variations and gentle palettes. A 'coloured neutral' is easy to pair and build amazing backdrops to make more saturated colours pop.
In the same concept as 'coloured greys', instead of a true neutral you can start mixing with an already 'coloured neutral' for even more variation and complexity. For example, Buff, while still pretty much neutral, is slightly warmer than Stone because of a yellow hint in the colour. Mixing it with Surf's Up logically creates a green effect while still softening the colour.
Here, we want to explore mixing with colours that are slightly outside of the “neutral” range. This is the time for weird, hard to classify colours. For two different examples, I have chosen Desert Bush (a muddy, taupe-y green) and the really unusual/ unique Squid Ink (is it purple? Is it wine? Is it brown? How much grey is in it?)
To round up this intro, I have also created an example of what we asked our blogging team not to do!
We were keen to restrict them to stay in the Surf's Up lane and explore “degrees of colour”. We don't often restrict our bloggers, but we hope over the course of this topic to share with you ways to mix variations of a colour while staying within the same hue of blue. For this topic, colours too far outside of white/black/grey/neutral were not recommended.
As an example going beyond that lane, here I have used Butter. While pale, it is very much a yellow. Consequently, I have in fact gone back to classic 'colour mixing' between a blue hue and a yellow hue to create green. This is not what we have in mind for this topic.
While a little bit of colour shift is expected, we plan to keep to 'degrees' of Surf’s Up as the core focus.
Of course in your own practice, all types of colour mixing are fair game! We just hope you will want to find out how to create your own colour variations to develop and refine your personal palette, and we also hope that you now have a better grasp of what the outcomes can be when using white, black and grey with a hue.
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