Simple Colour Mixing Acrylic Course
Have you ever stood in front of your painting, trying to mix the perfect colour, with absolutely no idea how to do it? Frustrated that your mixes just don’t work, muddy browns or vivid greens and your paintings look wrong.
Or have you 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?
On this simple colour mixing course you’ll discover how to mix 80% of the colours you actually need using just 4 colours – in 20% of the time.
Over 4 hours of tuition you’ll gain an understanding of the properties of paint, how colour works in paintings and learn the foundations of colour theory.
I demonstrate using a traditional, 3 primary & 3 secondary colour wheel to teach you a step-by-step approach so you can achieve perfect colour mixes and harmony in your paintings again and again.
Working through these progressive tutorials, you’ll be guided by your new colour mixing intuitions, opening up the fantastic world of colour.
Please note: Filmed in 2012, this course is due for a technology makeover to come in line with our more recent courses. The teaching and principles are exactly the same as in the other courses, so you’ll get fantastic results. Enjoy this half-price offer and treat yourself to a new paint tube!
- Lesson Breakdown
- Course Delivery
- Course Requirements
- What Students Say
- Student Success
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. If you don’t understand colour, you’ll probably keep making the same mistakes for years to come!
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.
Simple colour mixing method is quick
When I was studying classical painting in Florence, I would often come across students that were so keen to emulate the classical techniques, they seemed stuck in a time warp.
One student I met, let’s call him Leonardo, was in his third year visiting a specialist art atelier summer school. Each week of study was costing him over $1,500. His drawing was great, but he was scared stiff by colour.
Convincing himself that he would be ‘ready soon’ he kept on putting off using paint.
I asked if he was going to try painting a portrait the next day and he recoiled in shock. Tomorrow? No, I might be ready next year…to move on to charcoal!
I too love comprehensive classical education.
But that’s not what Simple Colour Mixing method is. It’s a way of getting you painting and feeling confident with simple colour mixing in your paintings.
We’re just going to take it one step at a time, so let’s start at the beginning with learning the language of colour.
“Colour is a matter of taste and of sensitivity”
Édouard Manet, Artist
What’s in the Course?
- 3 x acrylic paintings taking you step-by-step from drawing, right through to the final brushstrokes.
- 8-downloadable video lessons, split into separate chapters that follow on sequentially.
- Over 4 hours of detailed step-by-step video instruction so that you can follow along at your own pace.
- 7,000 word PDF guide.
- Downloadable jpeg reference images, line drawings and a full materials list.
- Lifetime access, downloadable on separate devices.
The Properties of Colour
Judging the three elements of colour, understanding this allows you to evaluate any pigment in minutes. Putting theory into practice by mixing and matching a colour accurately in the studio, using the colour wheel as a guide.
Understanding the Colour Wheel
Discovering how different colours can interact to create harmonious colour mixes. Learning about the colour bias of pigments and complementary colours gives a greater understanding of the different properties of paint.
Performance & Purity
Reading a paint tube, then comparing multiple pigments side by side, uncovering individual intensity and bias. Making your own colour wheel and why you don’t necessarily need all the pigments.
Blue & Orange Complementary Study
A warm and cool complete study of the Duomo in Florence, learning how to add saturation or mute down mixes using blue and orange as our palette.
Yellow & Purple Complementary Study
Adding colour into the shadows guided by the colour wheel to create a tonal range just using two colours, yellow and purple for a lemon study.
Tints & Shades
Discovering how powerful colour perception can be. Should you use black in your mixes? Some surprising advice on using black to create subdued shades.
Smart Palette Choices
Looking at traditional and modern pigments. How to choose the right palette for the style of paintings you’re trying to create and how to select paints in the art store.
Split Complementary Study
Putting all our knowledge into practice for a more challenging final study that looks at an extended range of colours. Mixing and matching a more complex still life composition.
I’ve taken care to film everything from my perspective so you can see exactly what I’m doing as we go through the entire painting process in real-time. With over 4 hours of video instruction, full-color photographs and drawing guides.
How is the course delivered?
When you purchase the course, you will receive an email with all the downloadable video links to the course. You then have to download and save the Video Lessons onto your home computer/iPad.
- 8 Downloadable Step-by-Step Video Lessons – over 4 hours of video instruction that once downloaded – you have any time, anywhere access. (please note: you do not receive a DVD)
- A 7,000 word PDF guide – which includes all the reference images used throughout the course, alongside JPEG reference images and your materials list.
- The video files are large (1GB) so you need a broadband internet connection and enough space on your computer hard drive.
Please note: You will not receive a DVD.
Cut by the Artist
I filmed, edited, and coloured the course myself (with a little help from Vanessa!) rather than working with a production company. Artists have different needs than editors so I wanted to cut the course like an artist, showing you exactly what I wanted to see when I was learning. I show all the real-time brushstrokes for the paintings so you don’t miss a step.
There are 2 main camera views I cover:
An over-the-shoulder view of the work – so you can see how I build up the painting as if you were standing behind me in the studio.
A close-up of the brush contacting the canvas – with extreme close-ups, so you can see the grain of the canvas and the bristles in the brush.
Real-time filming – No long jumps in progress
I don’t like long jumps in progress when the paintbrush goes off camera, the shot changes and suddenly the picture has seemed to drastically improve. I include all the stages so you can clearly see the progress of a work.
It’s simple. It’s thorough. And it’s easy-to-digest
Requirements for the Course
A broadband internet connection – the files sizes for the video lessons are quite large (1 GB in total) so can take a while to initially download (depending on your internet speed.) Once downloaded, they are yours to keep forever, watch without buffering or take to the garden and watch away from an internet connection!
Enough free space on your Computer or iPad – You can download the files to a separate USB stick if you need extra storage.
A Colour Printer – to print out the reference images or access to a Print Shop.
Glossy Photo Printer Paper – I use Epson Photo Glossy.
1 hour of distraction-free ‘you-time’ – You’ll need to be able to dedicate 1 hour for each painting demonstration
A love of tea & biscuits (optional, but some may say essential!)
What Students Say
I really enjoyed the course and could see improvements as I progressed. With the lemons I didn’t like my first painting, so I did it again and tried to make it have a lighter feel to it. Thank you for the wonderful course. I feel I could go through some of it again as there was so much information to absorb. It was certainly excellent value for money. Best wishes and thank you for a fabulous course. I have recommended your courses to my art teacher here and to other people also.
Lisa, Simple Colour Mixing Course
It was so many years ago I tried to paint but now I decided to start again. I really enjoyed this course and will continue with the Impressionistic Seascape.
Hans, Simple Colour Mixing Course
Really enjoying your course.
After not understanding the use of colour for too many years, I now look at paintings with more understanding and am confident to start and use colour. I particularly enjoyed your brief analysis of paintings.
Many thanks for starting me off and helping develop my use of colour.
Kevin, Simple Colour Mixing Course
Simple Colour Mixing Acrylic 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, 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.
You can watch them as many times as you like and have lifetime access. If you change computer in the future just drop me an email and I’ll send you some fresh links through.
Yes, you can download to an iPad using a free app called ‘Documents’. 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.
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, with the new delivery system, 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.
Not hugely, I’ve kept the material list as small as possible.
For the painting courses, I try to keep the colour palette small and use the same base colours for many of the other courses. I demonstrate with artist quality paints which have a higher pigment ratio so a little goes a long way.
Yes, there are jpeg reference images and line drawings to work from.
I’m a big fan of drawing, and if you have a good understanding of how drawing works, it can make the biggest jump forward in your paintings. But if you’re super keen to get started with painting and engrossed in colour, then I’ve added a few downloads to help you out.
All of the images can be printed out A4 size allowing you to work 1:1 with your reference image (another classical technique called sight-size)
I’m a big fan of drawing and if you have a good understanding of how drawing works, it can make the biggest jump forward in your paintings (it seems counter-intuitive but it can make dramatic changes).
But if you’re super keen to get started with painting and engrossed in colour, then 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 painting.
No, all the painting demonstrations are studio based.
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.
No, this course takes a minimalist approach to transform a beginner or someone who feels lost with colour, to being a painter who is confident with colour mixing and colour choices.
There are other colour wheels and other colour mixing systems you may come across, such as Munsell, Quiller wheel or the Yurmby wheel. Many realist painters and designers relying on print use the Munsell colour notation system for more technical, advanced and exact descriptions of colour.
However, I don’t demonstrate them on this course, I believe the traditional approach is the easiest and most straightforward for a beginner to gain a full understanding of colour mixing and work like an artist rather than a technician when finding your confidence with colour.
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.
If you follow the lessons in progression then by the end of the course you will have three finished paintings, a city scene of Florence, and lemon still lemon and colour mixing exercises.
Each completed with three different styles of colour palette. You’ll have gained a foundational knowledge of how to mix acrylics.