Perfect Colors for Perfect HarmonyComplimentary colors are very pleasing and add value on a canvas when they are blended together properly.
How do you use them? Put on your color mixing plate two complimentary colors, for example, red and green. Then, to get acquainted with the effects of blending these two colors, take a sheet of paper and do an exercise. Mix the primary red color with a little green and put the shade on the paper.
Progressively, get more of the green color and mix it with red, then add the new shades next to the previous ones. You will notice that when you gradually add the complimentary color, the result becomes gradually less intense. Ultimately, the color becomes totally neutral.
This is a much better way to easily blur the intensity of any color if it is too strong, too vibrant, instead of simply adding black, because using the complementary color will preserve the original shade.
If the complementary colors are used in their pure state, without mixing them, they intensify each other. In the theory of colors, this phenomenon is known as the simultaneous contrast. Photographs and painters take advantage of this contrast to create vibrant effects.
The best place to practice painting is by taking a painting class at Pinot's Palette. Their experienced instructors can help you gain more insight into blending colors, brush techniques, and design. And best yet, you will take home a canvas show casing your created art.