Different types of paints are used in different ways. Some thoughts about poster paints to be found in the classrooms.
· Work from background to foreground, you don’t want to feel that your background is sat on top of your subject matter.
· Build up in layers, working across the whole surface.
· Do you want the paint to be opaque or translucent? Add more water if you want it translucent.
· Always put a small amount of all colours on your palette (you can always come back for more) . For any tertiary colour you will need all the primaries.
· MIX your colours. Colours straight from the pots are rarely successful.
· You know how to mix secondary colours but remember; select the correct yellow or blue.
**For example, with the paints we have, to make a vibrant green you want to use the lemon yellow and turquoise blue.
**To make organic, softer brown-green, the orangey yellow and darker blue.
· The yellows are weaker, so if mixing a green start with the yellow and add the blue to it, not the other way round. The same goes for a tint, start with the white and add the colour to it.
· Do NOT use black to mix colours, it will only make your colours dirtier.
· Dark tones need to be mixed with the clever use of the dark blue.
· Use white sparingly, it will make colours lighter, but if overused will make everything milky!
· Remember to look for TONE within your colour. Ask yourself where the lighter and darker parts of the composition are. Are these created through different colours or a lightening of the same colour?
· The use of complementary colours in small amount will create maximum contrast and help to enrich a painting.
· Think about the strokes you use. Do you want them to be seen? If so, follow the curve of a surface, direction of a plane.
QUICK TIP : A difficulty with poster paints—they are not strong enough to over paint a dark area with a light, bright colour, so be careful of what goes on your paper first.
'Still life with Apples' Paul Cezanne c. 1980
Giordio Morandi / (1890 - 1964)