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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Nov-19 > Colour confidence

Colour confidence

Practise colour-mixing exercises before you paint three different skies using three acrylic painting techniques, with Wendy Jelbert


Build your colour-mixing skills

Paint skies using three essential techniques

Colour mixing is one of the most important skills of a competent artist. Acrylic paints can be mixed with each other to create different colours, mixed with white to make paler tints, or diluted with water to create subtle, translucent tones. Learning how acrylics behave when diluted or mixed with each other takes a lot of practice, much like a piano student learning scales. There are no short cuts – you must carefully work up your skill in order to succeed. You could buy every available colour but, apart from the expense, you would still not be able to create the subtle tones that colour mixing can achieve. Here are some of the colour mixes I use for my paintings.

Paint skies

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the November issue of Leisure Painter. Every month Leisure Painter is packed with practical advice, tutorials and demonstrations aimed at developing the skills and confidence of beginners and amateur painters. We begin this issue with David Bellamy , who talks about travelling and painting – and the inspiration behind some of his iconic scenes. There are painting projects in line and wash, watercolour, pastels, oils and acrylics, from landscapes and still lifes to flowers, animals, buildings and more. Pick up tips on developing successful compositions, working with essential brushes, colour mixing and painting sunsets, and be inspired to use your ideas for producing mugs, cards and and other practical items. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.