All About Colours & Paints
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Our Relationship with Colours
Colours Come From Light
It’s no coincidence that the 7 spectrum of light corresponds
with our 7main body energy centres or chakras as it’s commonly
called in the East. So if that is the case, we can safely say
that we are literally made up of a body of rainbow light!
These centres connect to our endocrine system that is the guardian
of our glands & hormones which governs our moods, growth, tissue
function, metabolism as well as sexual function & reproductive processes.
The continual advancement of science & technology has supported
us to look deeper into innerstanding how we function & the potential
of who we are. The Aura Imaging Biofeedback machine for instance,
allows us to see the energy & colours of our chakras.
Each colour has a vibration, it can either bring you down or uplift you
& this changes on a daily basis. it’s important to be conscious
when choosing what colours to wear each day. Choose the colours
that will uplift you rather than a colour that is matching your mood.
How to Choose Paint Colours
The Different Types Of Paint Mediums
Watercolour, Inks, Gouache, Acrylic, Oil & Water based Oil Paint.
A couple of questions asked over & over to me are,
Which paint colours do I need to buy? What is a good brand ? Let’s explore!
Let’s have a good innerstanding of what the labels mean on paint tubes.
The Information On Paint Tubes
Knowing what the labels mean empowers you to make informed choices.
Different brands may have slight differences to their labelling system.
Here I have used “Golden” brand acrylic paint as an example.
1. Some tube paints are made by mixing other colour pigments
together when you read “Mixture”, that is what it means.
2. The next down is the Colour Swatch – this is hand painted
to show you the actual colour of the paint. Do you see the
black bars below the paint? This helps you to see
the level of opacity or translucency of the paint.
3. Do note that different paint companies may come
up with their own name for some of the colours.
4. Colour Index name & number are given to different colours & is
internationally recognised by both the Society of Dyers & Colourists
& the American Association of Textile Chemists & Colourists.
5. For Golden paints, Lightfastness I = Excellent lightfast paint
& Lightfastness II = very good.
Here are the other ratings types you might see by other paint companies:
ASTM: American Society for Testing & Materials International
ATSM I = Excellent Lightfastness
ATSM II = Very Good Lightfastness
ATSM III = Not Sufficiently Lightfast
ATSM IV, V = Poor: Not used in artist quality paints
**** or AA = Extremely permanent colours
*** or A = Durable colours.
** or B = Moderately durable colours.
* or C = Fugitive Colours
Blue Wool Standard (UK)
1 – 3: Fugitive (Colour change within 20 yrs)
4 – 5: Fair (20-100yrs)
7 – 8: Excellent
6. Not to worry too much about, unless you are doing paint research,
this simply means the paint has been tested by ASTM International.
7. The other couple of lines are pretty selfexplanatory. The reason
for the different value of the paint is how easily or difficult the
pigment for the paint has been extracted or made during production.
We hope this has helped you to finally comprehend the
meaning of the information given on acrylic paint tubes.
Oil & watercolour, will have similar information on them too.
Which Brand of Paint is Best?
Invest in Yourself, You are Worth It !
If you are a beginner, you would think that you need to start
with the most cost effective paints. This is a misconception
that many students have & a big mistake that many beginners
make. It is harder for you to learn with low grade paints.
If you are on a tight budget, then buy just the essential colours
rather than compromising on poorquality paints & having more
colours. (In fact, working with less colours can be beneficial. It
drives you to come up with more creative & interesting mixes! )
Invest in better quality paints. In the long run, you are actually
saving time as well as money – lower quality paints use less
pigment & more paint filler – which means to cover
an area, you need to – struggle to layer on more paint.
So, which are the brands of paint to buy? Here are some pointers :
A) Basically, the more labelling you see on a paint tube,
the better research the paint company has done on their product.
B) Generally speaking, the costlier the paints, just means they
have invested in more pigment, which means, better quality paints.
C) Read the reviews & feedback from other artists.
D) We have compiled a list of our personal favourite brands of
materials that we use under “Useful Art Secrets”. Don’t just take
our word for it though, the best way is still to….
E) Experiment & experience the different brands for yourself.
Buy single tubes of the same colour paints from different
brands& see which works best for you.
Which Paint Colours Should I Buy ?
Here is a basic guide on which colours to choose. Before
we start, let’s have a look at a typical painter’s colour wheel:
1. Innerstand that there are “warm” & “cool” colours. What are
warm colours? Visualise the scorching sun & blazing fire – Reds,
Oranges & Yellows. What are cool colours? Feel the sea, imagine
lying on soft grass with soft breeze blowing : Blues & Greens.
2. What are primary colours? Primary colours are colours that
cannot be mixed by any other colour. Can you guess what
they might be? That’s right ~ Red, Yellow and Blue. Notice
that they are evenly spaced around the colour wheel.
These are the very basic colours that you will need.
3. To go deeper, know that each colour has its own warm
& cool range. It helps your mixing repertoire to consider getting
2 types of primary colours each. Here is an example: Reds choose
a warm & cool red. What is a warm red & what is a cool red?
A warm red will have the tinge of sun & fire in it & a
cool red will have a tinge of sky & grass in it.
A warm red = Red Orange, a cool red = Red violet (Violet
is a mixture that has blue in it) Warm & cool red swatch:
You may use the same principle with the other primary colours
& look on either side of it to ascertain the warm & cool of it.
Then you might want to add to your palette, a white, a dark colour,
browns & a violet. Some violets are not mixable with your primaries,
so, it’s helpful to buy that. In total, a minimum of 9 colours.
Hope this basic guide helps you to get started on the type of
colours you will need. Happy Experimenting & Painting!
The Psychology Colour
It is important to be aware that the meaning of each
colour is highly subjective. There are many factors
that can affect how we respond & feel about a colour.
A type of green could feel soothing in one
environment & yet be very disturbing in another.
When you look into the meaning of each colour , it is solely
derived from our perspective of each standalone colour.
However, from our human perception, the interpretations
that we form of a colour really depends on the
type of colour used in relation to its surroundings.
As much as we love dive in further into the wonderous
world of colours, we also believe in a healthy exchange.
In a luscious space, free of constraints from the world
wide web, in our peaceful art studio, surrounded by
nature almost in the heart of Singapore.
If you are fortunate, you may be welcomed by the haunting
calls of a passing flock of hornbills or by the sight of
a lazy monitor lizard searching for bugs or fallen fruit.