Learn to Mix Oil Paint by Making a Color Wheel | Oil Painting Basics

Learn to Mix Oil Paint by Making a Color Wheel | Oil Painting Basics

Hello, I'm Guenevere and we're gonnalearn how to make this color wheel I made this color wheel with the oilpaint palette that I usually use.

I'll show you what that isand how to make it, and why you would want to make your own color wheel.

First we have to make a circle I used a paper plate because that's about the size thatI wanted my color wheel to be.

Next I used a compass to make the inner circles, then I made some notes on the circle ofwhere I wanted each color to be, you want to make sure to have red opposite from green, blue opposite from orange, and yellow opposite from purple.

Then draw some lines in to separate the colors.

They don't have to be perfectly spacednow, you can adjust them later while you're painting it.

The colors I'm usingare: alizarin crimson, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, medium windsor lemon,cerulean, French ultramarine.

I'm using Neo Megilp for my mixing medium.

I'm going to start by filling in the primary yellow and then work my way around theoutside of the color wheel.

Moving towards blue will be a yellowgreen.

I'm leaving a bit of a white space between the yellow and the yellow greenso I have room to adjust the sizes later.

The main reason you should make your own color wheel is to help you learn how to mix and also to learn your specificpalette.

You'll see a few times that I go back and adjust a color, and that's because there are a lot of different greens between yellow and blue, and so making them fit into this little color wheel wheel I got to find just the right threeto get in there.

So just like a musician practices doing scales we're practicinga color wheel so that we can practice mixing color just for the sake oflearning to mix color.

If you'd like to make your own color wheel with me I havea hour and 45 minute video of the same process in real time showing me mixingthe colors it's available to my patrons at the ten dollar level.

Now we're going to put our primary blue.

Next we're gonna put the blue violet andthe colors start to get pretty dark around this point.

Next we're gonna putin our violet or purple with the paints that I'm using this color comes outreally dark.

We are also halfway around the circle soonce we get all the way around then we're gonna fill in the middle.

Next upred-viole.

Part of the challenge of making your own color wheel is learninghow to use the colors that are on your palette to make the colors in the colorwheel.

One thing that you'll learn by making your own color wheel is that youridea of red or blue or yellow might be slightly different than someone else'sand it might be different than what a color wheel you buy at the store is.

This is an opportunity to learn what your idea of a true red is.

Again here,with the orange and yellow orange you can see that I'm adjusting the colors alittle bit to make it fit into my color wheel.

Wanted to add a little bit moreyellow into those oranges to make sure that they're halfway between red andyellow.

Great we finished the outside ring of our most vibrant colors, so now tofill in the rest, we're gonna actually use the color onthe opposite side of the color wheel to start mixing them slowly together tofill in the middle.

The color on the opposite side of the color wheel iscalled the "complement", the complement to yellow is violet so we start mixing atiny bit of violet into that yellow to get our first step.

As we go down eachstep we add more and more violet until we get to the middle and then you caneither work from the purple inwards.

Or in this case I decided to just keepgoing by adding more and more violet.

For the next color you do the same, startmixing in the complement.

You want to really make sure to clean your brushpretty well between each color so they don't get contaminated.

This is where you can really start to learn how to mix colors, and learning how much of thatcomplement color do I need to add to get to the next step and how many steps am Igoing to have so you really start to learn a lot more about mixing color atthis stage.

Another thing you'll learn is if youdidn't mix enough of say, the orange and the green, you're gonna have to mix thatsame orange and that same green again so that you can make all the differentsteps in the middle of the circle.

So, that's sort of learning how to colormatch.

You have the color already on your palette and you're going to want tomix up a little bit more to match that same color so that your color wheel iscohesive.

One of the really interesting thingsabout doing a color wheel is if I did this same exact color wheel again, it'sgonna come out really different.

Since, I'm mixing the colors by hand it'salways gonna come out a little bit different.

Again this is one of the greatreasons why it's important to make your own because it's for the experience oflearning to make those colors and each time you do it you're going to learn alittle bit more.

I'm planning on doing a few more color wheel videos with different palettes using either different colors or using limited palettes.

Be sure to stay tuned for those if you're curious about how to use limited color palettes.

I want to start experimenting with warmer and coolercolors so that you can create a different feel in the finished painting.

The color choices or palette that you use have a really big impact on afinished painting so I'm going to start playing with that and exploring those infuture videos.

I hope you do decide to make your owncolor wheel and if you want to do it along with me I do have the full-lengthversion of this with all the color mixing and a lot more tips and tricks onhow to do it.

That hour and 45 minute video is only available to my patrons.

Ta da! We've finished a color wheel younow have your own color wheel that you made yourself! Congratulations! Thanks forwatching and good luck in your color mixing journey.

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