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Archives - Colour Mixing Workshop with Sue Deighton Part One

Learn a great deal by following the tuition in Sue Deighton’s first DVD workshop. Aimed at the watercolour painter, this workshop is ideal for anyone who wishes to increase their knowledge and skill of colour mixing. But by the end of this workshop you won’t only know the theory, but you will also know how to put colour mixing into practice in your paintings.


Knowing about colour means that your paintings will be clear and glowing. Dirty dull colour is a problem everyone faces. Selecting and mixing the appropriate colours will overcome the problem and save much wasted time and effort.

Colour is the language of painting and this workshop starts with the ABC (the Primary Colours), adding more colours and mixing exercises as they are needed to paint different flowers and landscapes.

The challenge for flower painters is to produce paintings that glow like the colours in nature; the use of single pigment secondary colours and compatible mixes will achieve beautiful and subtle colour options. The landscape painter has different challenges there are changes due to the weather, the time of day or year, the country or continent and not least the chosen subject.

Watercolour pigments are not all transparent but watercolour paintings should have the glow and transparency of stained glass. In the video you will see how to use opaque and transparent colours to achieve the clean transparent look.

In this workshop Sue has used twenty colours. As you work through the exercises you will confidently add them to your range of colours giving you a knowledgeable base from which to paint. Knowing which colours to put together is the secret, but it takes practice. It is worth the effort to expand your vocabulary of colour, as it will enable you to paint any challenge.

Part 1
Learn the hardcore of colour mixing. Sue explains in detail about colour, demonstrating when and how to use primary and secondary to their best effect, and explaining how to mix colours so they are useful. Through painting various flowers, including a Pansy, Nasturtium, Iris, Sunflower and a Primula, Sue not only looks at the theory of mixing colour for flower painting, but shows how to put such theory into practice.

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