Art Techniques

Shades of Color Art Technique

One color can be quite interesting. Try this shades of color art technique and create different tones in the same picture.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Pencil
  • Clean plastic egg carton or small dishes
  • Drawing paper
  • Watercolor or poster paints
  • Paintbrush

HOW TO MAKE A SHADES OF COLOR PICTURE:Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Sketch a picture on a piece of paper.

Step 2: In the empty egg carton, put a small amount of one color into seven different sections.

Step 3: Mix in one, two, and three drops of white paint with three of the sections.

Step 4: Then mix in one, two, and three drops of black paint with three other sections. Do not mix any other colors in the seventh section.

Step 5: Now paint your picture using the one color and the various tones of that color.

Think about the direction the sun will shine on the field. Place lighter shades facing the light and darker shades away from the light to make shadows.

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