Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Week 3 - Learn about colours

Now I am not going to assume that all of you are aware what primary colours are, what colour you get when you mix two colours, etc. If you already know this, then great!

You have three primary colours, red, yellow and blue. They are called primary colours as you cannot get these colours by mixing other colours.

When you mix two primary colours, you get secondary colours.

As the diagram suggests, secondary colours are obtained by mixing two primaries. So, red and yellow is orange, blue and yellow is green, red and blue makes violet.

Varying the amount of red or yellow will give you different shades of orange, same goes for the rest of the colours.

The blues and greens are general referred to as cool colours. When painted they seem to recede and just fade away into the background, totally serene. However, the reds and yellows, the warm colours, seem to jump out at you. Perpetually in your face!

Colours affect your mood and also reflect your mood. Hospitals are never painted red. The last thing a doc wants is for his patient to wake up from a coma and head straight into a heart attack! (pure exaggeration... bear with me ;) ) Reflect on last week, what did you wear on which day and how were you feeling that morning. It is naturally for someone feeling totally energised to favour red, that said, if you are feeling really low, red would be a good colour to feel alive!

 Let's get to know the colours one-on one now! If you have colour pencil or paint, go ahead and play with them. Keep changing the ratio of the primary colours to see how the resulting colour changes. If its colour pencil, just layer on colour over the other and see how the two layers interact with each other to show you some other colour!

This week you will be experimenting with different mediums. Obviously, of your choice. If it is paint, then I want you to observe how viscous it is (or how thick it is or thin). I personally, prefer to use Acrylics as it is water based and dries very fast. Caution note: Wash your brushes and palette immediately after you are done painting, else you have to throw your brushes away. They will harden and peeling the paint off is not advisable. 

Watercolour is good to experiment with. You can add a lot of water and let the colours run across the paper and allow two colours to run into each other and dry to create a lovely effect. Verbally, you can say a lot of things but until you pick up a brush, you will not know what I'm talking about.

If you want to attempt to paint an object, go ahead! If not, just get to know your paint. You can buy a round brush or a flat brush of your choice or both! Try various strokes, change the pressure with which you touch the paper with the brush and see what difference occurs.

We will get into the individual mediums in depth later! :) for now enjoy!

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