Art Teaching Tip! 👩🏼🎨
One of the easiest ways to create depth in your paintings is to use color values.
Seems simple enough, right?! You would think, but many beginning artists, even advanced students forget about value! They overlook this tool that is right in their paint toolbox. 🎨 🧰
Understanding value can be taught but it takes a trained eye to see as well as practice in mixing. The less layers of paint or values, the more shallow or “flat” your work will look.
In order to create depth with color value follow these steps...
. Choose a DARK hue (Teal is my fave 😍)
. With that hue make several separate swatches about 1”- 2” in size on your pallet or practice paper in a row.
. Choose a Basic white paint like Titanium White or Zinc White
. Starting with the second swatch begin to add a very small amount of white with a pallet knife and mix till blended.
. Repeat Step 4 each time adding a little more white lightening the hue!
This will create “steps” of color value from one main hue.
If you need another analogy then think of the term Ombré. It is a gradient of color. And one of the places we see this in nature is in the sky or bodies of water. One of my other favorite ways to use depth with color value is in trees 🌳 and flower petals 🌺. Building layers of color to create depth! •
Painting in layers is so important in creating a good piece of art with substance. Depth is not only visual but it is emotional. When you use depth it draws people in to experience the art, not just view it.
Try painting with a simplified color palette and create different values to build depth and emotion helping aid in the viewing experience.
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