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How to mix complex colours

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Most subjects contain LOTS of colours when you really look. And if you’re aiming for realism in your paintings you need to try to replicate them ALL.

And colour mixing can be tricky if you’re new to painting.

So in this video I demonstrate the method I use to mix a number of colours needed within a vibrant ‘pink’ Magnolia flower.

The method is based on laying out your paints in a colour wheel – something I explain in a video here.

I hope this gives you an insight into my colour mixing decisions, and helps you with your own.

Please let me know in the comments if the colour wheel method works for you!

19 Comments
  1. Silvia Sunesen 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Anna, great mixing and colour tip, Happy Birthday

  2. Judith 2 weeks ago

    I live in the USA and don’t find great options here or on Amazon – can you recommend a great brand please? Love your tutorials!

  3. Ana 2 weeks ago

    Thank you, Anna! The colour wheel method is very helpful, and your explication is clear and easy to follow. Thank you again!

  4. Verna Storey 2 weeks ago

    Happy Birthday Anna, and thanks for the mixing tips.

  5. marie 2 weeks ago

    Once again thank you for sharing! Opera Pink is a gorgeous colour! Wonderful!!!!

  6. susan 2 weeks ago

    Anna, I love your video tips. I learned so much from just this one about choosing color.
    I took a year of classes on line but didn’t get to do as much as I wanted with it. I was surprised I still
    learned so much. I love the tips. Thank you.

  7. Shobhna Raj Singh 2 weeks ago

    Thnx so much Anna .. .. lovely video as always .. Wishing u many many happy returns.. have a blessed Birthday sweetheart. Cheers ❤️

  8. Hilda 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Anna for your painting video of the magnolia. You are so inspiring. X

  9. Elisabetta 2 weeks ago

    As first thing happy birthday!! I am always enchanted by your video that I would spend all the time to see them… As usual very useful and very well explained, thank you so much!!!

  10. Mai-Lill Ihlar 2 weeks ago

    Hi Anna. I’m still waiting for my free lesson on the “pear,” through Nityia Przewlocki… I klicked the link, but nothing has popped up in my mailbox, but this newsletter from you. Thank you for the inspirational interview! Looking forward to get into the “flow!”

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      Anna Mason 2 weeks ago

      You should have had it if you’re on our list Mai-Lill. Do check your Spam /Promotions folder and if it’s not there, reach out to info@annamasonart.com and we’ll get it to you!

  11. Elisabetta 2 weeks ago

    Happy birthday Anna!! Wonderful video and very useful

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    Sara Anderson 2 weeks ago

    These videos are always helpful, I think I am finally starting to catch on. I now look at the picture, pause the video and take a guess at how to mix it before continuing.

  13. Amy 1 week ago

    Happy Birthday Anna,

    Can I ask you where you got that lovely desk top table you were using in this video? I have a neck injury and that would be very helpful

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      Anna Mason 1 week ago

      Thanks Amy! If you checkout my equipment page (annamasonart.com/equipment) you can find links through to buy it online!

  14. Sonja 4 days ago

    Thank you Anna! This was so helpful! I just completed your free class, it was so much fun, and decided to paint the pear again on different kinds of paper just for the experience and to learn more in the process. I will soon post it on my instagram page. You are a true inspiration!

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      Anna Mason 2 days ago

      Thanks Sonja and I’ll keep an eye out for it!

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