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A Guide to Different Types of Styles of Paint Brushes

There are many different types and styles of paint brushes, and beginning painters can easily become overwhelmed. Each type of brush is best suited to specific painting techniques, and many artists have a small collection. When you are starting out, though, it is best to stick to just two brushes—one mid-range round brush and one mid-range flat brush.

How Color Context Affects Perception

As you may already know, colors have true, absolute values. Each color occupies a specific spot on the color wheel. While adding white, black, or gray to a color changes its tint, tone, or shade, the color’s basic value does not change. However, the experience of color is largely subjective. Two people may view the same color in different ways due to differences in their overall color vision as well as the subjective influence of mood.

Intro to Color Theory: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Colors

Color theory is both surprisingly complex and relatively simple. It refers to the diverse ways of blending colors to create something visually pleasing and harmonious. One of the most basic elements of color theory is the color wheel, a circular diagram of the colors. In order to understand the color wheel and the assorted color schemes that it suggests,

Understanding Hues, Tints, Tones, and Shades

Color is a simple word that describes a stunningly complex concept. Light has its own vocabulary, but when dealing with pigments, color can be broken down into a series of more specific terms: hue, tint, tone, and shade. Once you understand each term, you will be on your way to a deeper understanding of color and how to use it in your paintings.

Painting for Beginners: 4 Key Concepts You Need to Know

If you have never painted before, you might feel intimidated by the world of art. Packed with unfamiliar lingo and a seemingly endless number of options, the art world can be confusing and even overwhelming. Fortunately, although you could spend a lifetime studying and never learn all there is to know, understanding just a few basic ideas can help you unlock your creativity.