Art Techniques | 15 December 2016Mixing Tints to Create a Beautiful Feather Painting Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Paint mixing videos have become huge this year, and for good reason. Watching colors come together to make a new shade is mesmerizing. Color Lab for Mixed-Media Artists shows you how to mix white with colors to create different tints. This project is inspired by the patterns and forms within a feather and the delicacy of a tinted palette. A tint is any color mixed with large amounts of white to give it a light value. The composition here is based on an extreme zoom of an ostrich feather. The narrow tendrils of this form provide opportunities to work in a highly tinted palette made from subtle mixtures of white with just a slight stain of color. There is a universe of these pale tones to be explored! MATERIALS – white feather, any kind viewfinder – pencil and paper – palette (any medium): titanium white, zinc white, extra colors, your choice (Note: I have used gouache, but any medium will work.) – flat brush – small round brush 1. First zoom into the feather form to find a detail of it to paint as your composition. Transfer this design onto the larger paper that has been prepainted with a dark– colored tone of your choosing. fig. 1 2. Begin to mix your palette. Explore the colors of mostly white with just a strand of pigment (fig. 1). fig. 2 3. Create the base layer with wide strokes of a flat brush dipped in white paint without too much water. Notice here that I have done this on a dark foundation for added drama (fig. 2). fig. 3 4. Begin to apply this colored-tint palette into your painting, layering and building the linear elements with the delicate strokes until a kinetic rhythm appears (fig. 3). Buy from an Online Retailer US: Create the very best mixed media with 52 inspiring exercises! Strenthening your understanding and use of color will make your mixed-media art shine as you complete 52 labs that span painting, collage, drawing, assemblage and more. In Color Lab for Mixed Media Artists, color is explored through multiple lenses-nature, history, psychology, expression-as you work through 52 exciting and approachable projects that explore the infinite potential of the chromatic experience. Artist and color-theory expert Deborah Forman provides you with techniques and instruction. These materials and labs focus primarily on paint and collage, along with experimental projects for book making, sculpture and installation. Work your way through the color spectrum, using the steady beat of color as the guiding framework. Don’t be intimidated by color–understand how it works, what shade, tint, and pure color will work for your project, and how to select, mix, or pair colors. When you’re done, you’ll have 52 personal, meaningful, outstanding, and colorful projects and the inspiration to create many more! “Deb Forman’s book is a welcome addition to my studio book shelf. The exercises provide the novice with valuable information on techniques and materials combined with the confidence to explore their own intuitive creative path. For the experienced artist the exercises offer an opportunity to engage with familiar painting mediums in fresh new ways. I would recommend this book both to novice artists just starting out and established artists seeking to reinvigorate their studio practice.” – Neal Walsh, Painter and Gallery Director at AS220 “Deborah Forman is a fantastic teacher. She is able to bring her myriad talents to bear in the classroom by transmitting the joy and pleasure she takes in her own artistic practice to her students, who are at many different points in their own creative journeys. She is incredibly generous with her ideas, and honors the integrity of all of her students by encouraging experimentation, tenacity, and compassion as they develop their own skills as artists.” – Dr. Karen Carr, Humanities Professor, RISD “Deborah Forman’s Color Theory course was inspiring, exciting and informative. She encouraged her students to push their experimentation with color to the limits which resulted in beautiful palettes that I never dreamed I could create. Overall, this class was a wonderful experience and gave me great insight as to which direction I want to take with my own artwork.? Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.