Will Kemp: Mixing Acrylics Basics And Matching To A Color Wheel

In this art tutorial you will learn how to mix an orange to match a swatch by artist Will Kemp. The first step is to navigate the color wheel and see which colors are closest either side of the orange as they will be the ones you need to create the orange.

Its important to know your hues, saturations and tinting strengths of your acrylic colors because you will then know how much of each color to apply during the mixing process (for example yellow has a very low tinting strength in comparison to red).

Throughout the video Kemp at times holds his palette knife which he has been using to mix with up to the orange swatch to determine his accuracy of color. He finishes by mentioning that it’s always useful to lay your mixed color next to the swatch and bare in mind that acrylic paint dries darker. Have fun mixing your colors for your next masterpiece.

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    1. Ahh! Thank you so much for this. I’ve had major color mixing problems and you’ve made it apparent that my problem is adding way too much of one color to the other when. Seems so simple, but I’ve never quite got the hand of mixing.

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    2. Hi Nancy,It all depends on the target colour, for example, you won’t be able to mix a bright cyan using theses 3 primaries.The colours you mention above are good choices, have a look on my website for an article on ‘Basic Beginners Palette’.Cheers,Will

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