How to use the Colour Wheel to mix Chalk Paint®

How to use the Colour Wheel to mix Chalk Paint®


So what I’ve got here is my color called Giverny. It’s a nice, bright blue. If I was to put it anywhere along this here – this colour circle – there’s the blue so is it near a green blue or is it nearer to a red blue? Well, it’s actually nearer to a green blue so I’m going to put it there. That’s where it would sit. Now, the complementary of that – that means the opposite colour to that – is going to be about there. So there it’s opposite it. It’s about there. It’s going to be a brownish, sort of reddish, orange. It would normally be a darker colour. I’m going to use my colour here which is called on Honfleur – it’s a rich brown. I’m going to put it there. It’s a sort of a chocolatey, warm chocolate brown. Now if you mix complementaries – there’s one dark and one light, one warm and one cool. That’s a cool colour because it’s greener. This is a warm colour because it’s sort of redder. So what I’m going to do now is to test what sort of ratio of the colour that I need and I’m just going to play. Is it lots and lots of blue colour? No, I think I want more of the brown. So I’m going to add more. In fact, it’s turning out to be lots of the brown. In fact, I might even need a little bit more brown. So quite a brownish colour. Look at that! That’s mixing in to be a lovely colour. The reason it’s made a grey, or a slightly greenish grey, is because if you mix two complementaries – and if they’re perfect complementaries – when you mix them they will make a black. Then if you add a little bit of white obviously you’ve got a grey but each complementary mix makes a different sort of black. It makes a different sort of grey so the combinations are pretty much endless and many of them are very beautiful. So I’ve finished painting this. I’m just letting it dry and when it’s dry, I’m going to be waxing it with the Clear Wax. This is all about mixing paint and people are a bit afraid sometimes and really mixing paint is not difficult. It’s actually quite fun!

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