NEW Beginners Acrylic Colour Mixing Course is Live!

Learn more about the course here: New Simple Colour Mixing Course

I’ve designed this brand new, downloadable video course to help you understand the theory behind colour mixing, discover how to mix and match colours accurately and then put theory into practice, creating a series of 4 still life paintings.

You might have been struggling to understand colour mixing for years, sometimes getting it spot on but other times when it goes wrong, have no idea why or how to fix it?

Or maybe you’ve read articles on colour theory but not had the confidence to put that new knowledge into an actual painting practice?

On this colour mixing video course, we take a really simple practical approach, over 5 hours + of tuition, you’ll gain an understanding of the properties of paint, learn the foundations of colour theory and put brush to canvas.

And we’re just going to take it one step at a time, starting with learning the language of colour, everything broken down simply so that the painting exercises and studies give you the confidence you need to develop your colour mixing skills.

I demonstrate using a traditional, 3 primary & 3 secondary colour wheel to teach you a step-by-step approach and working through these progressive tutorials; you’ll be guided by your new colour mixing intuitions, opening up the fantastic world of colour.

Would you believe you can transform your colour-mixing in a weekend?

Have you ever stood in front of your painting, trying to mix the perfect colour, with absolutely no idea how to do it?

Are you frustrated that your mixes don’t work? Muddy browns or vivid greens and your paintings just look wrong.

If so, then you need to know about a simple approach that can get you the perfect colour mixes and harmony in your paintings every time – and if you don’t know about it, you’ll probably keep making the same mistakes for years to come!

Discover a Simple Colour Mixing method that works

Understanding how colour works in painting gives you the knowledge to start mixing the perfect colour yourself in a weekend – regardless of your current level of skill.

I want to teach you a clear step-by-step approach that will give you the greatest results in the shortest amount of time. Using the best techniques I have developed over 20 years of painting, so you don’t make all the mistakes I did!

I’ve tried to include every step and explanation as if you were an absolute beginner because sometimes you can watch a lesson where the teacher assumes you already know the colour mixing basics so skips over them.

This can be very frustrating as it’s hard to understand the ‘why’ when you’re first beginning.

Who’s the Course for?

An absolute beginner who wants to have a foundational understanding of colour and learn how to balance mixes and learn a process to mix colours accurately to stop creating ‘mud’!

What’s included?

Throughout the video course, I’ll guide you through 4 full-colour acrylic still life paintings from start to finish. I’ve broken each lesson into bite-size pieces, so you can complete each stage of the painting within a 2-hour window, something you can easily follow, even if you’ve never painted before.

  • A 5 1/2 Hour Video Course (4 x still life projects with simple step-by-step instructions)
  • Line drawings (so you can follow along even if you’re new to drawing)
  • Materials Guide
  • Colour reference images (to work 1:1 with your paintings)

Learn More Here: Simple Colour Mixing Course 


What skill level is the course for?

Absolute beginner.

If you’re new to acrylic painting or have been painting for years but still have trouble mixing tonally accurate colours and judging colour harmony, then you would see instant improvements on this course. Why? Because you would have learned the foundations of colour theory and understand how simple it is to mix and match the perfect colour, every time.

If you’re looking for ‘cheat sheets of colour swatches’ this isn’t the course for you – there’s nothing wrong with specific recipes for colours, but I believe having the tools and knowledge is far more powerful to develop as an artist.

What if I can’t draw?

I’ve added a few downloads to help you out. These are line drawings that you can work from.

All of the images can be printed out A4 size so you can work 1:1 with your reference image (another classical technique called ‘sight-size’). You can then draw out freehand or trace the lines to get you started; this course is all about getting you colour mixing.

What’s new in this version of the course?

4 x brand new step-by-step tutorials and new colour theory lessons.

I’ve bought the previous version of the colour course, do I need the new one?

No. This course covers the same colour theory as the first course.

The course price is shown in GBP pounds, what is the price in US/CAD?AUS dollars or Euros?

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Is there a time limit for the course?

No, there is no time limit; you can watch them as many times as you like.

The course is a series of downloadable video lessons, and once they are downloaded, they are yours to keep forever. If you change computer in the future just drop me an email and I’ll send you through some fresh links, take advantage of the offer price and watch at a later date

Can I stream the videos?

Yes and No.

On a desktop or laptop the courses are available as a download only, there is not a streamable option. On an iPad, when you click a video, it will stream on your iPad. You can also download to your iPad using the free Documents app to watch away from an internet connection.

Can I download to an iPad?

Yes, you can download to an iPad using a free app called ‘Documents’. by Readdle. (you can see full download help page here) Without this app, you will not be able to download directly to an iPad. You can also download the video lessons to multiple devices (home PC, laptop, etc.) and if your storage space is running low on your laptop, you can download to a separate USB stick.

What if I work in Traditional or Water-mixable Oil?

The colour mixing theory is the same for oils and acrylics as they are both additive mixing methods. Although the demonstrations are in acrylics, the course has been designed so you could transfer the skills and knowledge to oils. The smart palette I use is available in acrylic and oils.

What if I work in Watercolour?

I don’t recommend this course for watercolour as it teaches an additive approach to colour mixing, whereas watercolour is a subtractive approach.

What results will I achieve at the end of the course?

You’ll have gained a foundational knowledge of how to mix accurate paint colours.

If you follow the lessons in progression then by the end of the course you will have four finished paintings, an apricot still life, a lemon and tulip study, a tonal jug composition and colour mixing exercises. Each completed with four different styles of colour palette.

Are there any courses you would recommend before/alongside this course?

Really hope you enjoy it!



This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Martin Parker

    Hi Will,

    Nice to see the new version of the colour mixing course is available (AND at a very generous discount too!). May I suggest that you include the developer company name for the Documents app you refer to to speed things up and avoid potential confusion?

    Best wishes,


    1. Will Kemp

      Sure thing Martin, (I’ve also added the link to the downloading step-by-step with the app)

  2. Lawrence

    I have finished 2 of the four paintings in the course and already I can see a huge difference in how I am seeing color and thinking about color mixing. This course has shifted me forwards just in two weeks what I have been dithering about with for years. Will’s lessons are really superb. His attention to every step of the process means that you really learn so much. My apricots painting was really one of my best paintings after an adult lifetime of being always disappointed with my results. When you see the results it will boost your confidence in many other areas of your artistic practice including composition. Already I can feel many of the lessons slipping into any other art work I put my hand to. You’ll be very happy with this course: and besides who cannot be inspired by that lovely greeting: “Morning class!” : so grab a brew and buy the class. Its a great investment in yourself.

    1. Will Kemp

      So pleased you’ve been enjoying the course Lawrence and thanks for your kind words, and fab to hear that you’re feeling more confident in your compositions, enjoy the rest of the lessons, and the accompanying brews!

  3. Mae

    Hello and thank you so much for this site.
    I did a small monochrome landscape in preparation for experimenting with color glazes…used only a color sting made with Golden titanium White and Mars Black by Windsor & Newton Galaria. Thought it was going to be totally straightforward, but it was crazy-making! When I compared my mixes to the reference photo, they’d be perfect, then after I applied them to the painting surface, they turn two shades darker in 30 seconds. AAAAEEEIIII The surface was wood board prepped with three coats of acrylic gesso tinted with a bit of the Mars black to make a mid tone grey ground. The difference was so striking, I couldn’t tell which shades on my palette matched the different areas I’d painted…. it was all very frustrating…any ideas about what happened?

    1. Will Kemp

      Hi Mae, there is usually a darkening of acrylics when they dry due to the binder used in the paint. Sometimes with student grade paints like the Galeria range there is a more pronounced colour shift. The winsor and newton professional range use a transparent binder so there will be less of a shift. Hope this helps,

  4. Richard

    You mention, in your colour mixing course, the use of ‘Acrylic Glazing Liquid Gloss’ – what is the difference between Golden ‘Acrylic Glazing Liquid Gloss’ and Golden ‘Acrylic Gloss Medium’ (that I nearly bought in error?

    1. Will Kemp

      Hey Richard,

      Both are used for changing the consistency of acrylics, but they serve slightly different purposes. Glazing liquid gloss is designed specifically for making thin glazes, so it’s usually thinner and more fluid, and offers longer working time.

      On the other hand, Acrylic medium is a bit more versatile. While you can still use it for glazing, it comes in different finishes like gloss, matte, and satin. This gives you more flexibility depending on the effect you want to achieve. It’s generally thicker than glazing liquid gloss.

      Hope this helps,

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