Now and then we receive a question that we feel like our readers would enjoy knowing the answer to as well. With permission, we share the following from a reader, Carey. She says…
Q: I found a great acrylics tutorial for kids, but it needs two colors we don’t have and I don’t have time to go out and get them before tomorrow afternoon. The tutorial uses “Hooker’s green,” lime green and “a brighter green” (she doesn’t give a specific name). We have Viridian green, yellow, raw sienna, burnt umber, bright red, and titanium white (no black). Can we mix what we’ve got to get what we need?
A: Carey, I am pleased that you took your time to ask our opinion about mixing paint colors for your projects. Unfortunately, there is not a hard and fast rule for our paint colors…if I say in a tutorial to use a “bright green” paint color, then that is an invitation to the teacher or to the student artist to use a color that is bright green to him, or a color that is pleasing to him. I do NOT ascribe to trying to paint like the teacher; I have found that through years and years of art lessons that sometimes the instructor forces his or her choices of colors and techniques on a student and virtually kills all the spontaneous joy of painting!
A “teal” blue can be mixed to match whatever the instructor wants, but why not let the student experiment with color and have a joyful time painting that blue sky? Use the colors of paint that you have in small amounts…in fact, have a lesson on what colors mixed together result in another color? Relax, take a deep breath and enjoy the opportunity that you are giving your children to enjoy and express themselves!
And, Carey…be sure to tell your students our motto: “You ARE and artist!”
Acrylics Plus Links to Tutorials: Details on the canvases and paints we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s acrylic lessons. Nana also teaches pastel lessons (50+ free lessons now) are all contained in the post Pastels plus links to tutorials.