Understanding Color Theory

jenna rainey

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Understanding Color Theory

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Understanding how colors correspond with one another (aka color theory) has been THE biggest transformation for me and how I paint. Knowing what colors to mix up and what to paint and when to create harmony has built so much confidence and allowed me to progress with art much faster than before.

And I know it can help you, too.

It even helped me enjoy painting more! So let’s dive in…

This video is a segment from my Complete Watercolor Guide for Beginners. For the full video and all the chapters, check out this playlist.


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00:00 – The all-important topic: color theory.
02:12 – A very important lesson from my piano teacher.
03:05 – What to learn from the color wheel.
05:38 – Color relationships and why this matters.
09:41 – Let’s talk one of my fave palette combos: analogous colors.
12:17 – Warm colors and cool colors.
14:40 – Get your brushes out as we talk VALUE scales!
18:06 – Practicing and chatting HUE scales.


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My Spotify painting playlist
My Floral Watercolor E-book  (with the chapter on color theory seen in the video)


Related videos

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor
How to Set Up a Watercolor Palette
Watercolor Techniques: Wet-on-Wet
Watercolor Techniques: Wet-on-Dry
10 Tips to Improve Your Watercolor

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  1. Carolynn says:

    Such an excellent tutorial! I’ve been dabbling in watercolour for awhile, but always felt a little overwhelmed with colour theory. You explained it extremely well. I especially like the tip about using the water containers based on warm colours or cool colours, rather than the traditional way I was taught, which is a clean jar and a dirty jar. Thank you very much, Jenna. 🇨🇦

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