The Art of Painting

Are you ready to let out your inner-Monet but don’t understand the differences in tints, colors, shades and tones? This 酒精墨水畫課程 will get you started and help to understand the differences between tints, shades, tones and color.

Colours, tones and shades

Tinting — leads to white. (Add water when using watercolours)

Shadowing- Leads to Black

Toning leads to grey.

Toning is the term used to describe converting a picture from color to greyscale. This is a greyscale image. The colours of the original images have not changed. Instead, tones are used from light-to-dark .

Colour: Working with Colour

If we are looking at a picture, we will read its shapes and lines – we won’t necessarily be reading the colors.

e.g. It is possible to read a tree in either green or purple.

To tone down a color you can-

Add black. Sometimes, there is no alternative.

Then, darken your original color by adding a shade closer to violet or blue. You will then add another color, which changes the color of your original. When I combine dark blue and yellow, I’ll get dark green rather than dark yellow. Black will turn yellow to green.

A tube of darker colors (eg Cadmium + Yellow Ochre/Raw Sepia/Umbra, Sepia or Umber) can be purchased.

Add black (or dark earth colors like Vandyke Brown and Sepia), to purples (blues) only if they already contain it.

Add yellow, white/water to ENLIVEN or move AWAY from the color wheel.


To Ultramarine Blue add Alizarin Crimson

Sap Green added to Phthalo Blue

For yellows, you only need to add white water or purchase lighter and deeper yellows.


You will get a muddier mixture as the colors you mix cross the line on the wheel.

It’s fun to play with different colors.

It doesn’t really matter whether you are using acrylics, oil or watercolors (apart from adding water to oils – this will never work). The results should still be the same.

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