THE COLOUR BOOK

HOW TO MIX COLOUR | HOW WE SEE COLOUR | HISTORY OF PAINT | BASIC COLOUR WHEEL



Learn and understand colour through theory and practical exercises. An effortless but complete and clear way to become familiar with its principles and how to incorporate them into your projects. 

A practical and informative book that will help you understand colour, colour schemes and most of all help you discover what it is you like about colour.
This book isn’t about what’s right or wrong, according to a set of theoretic rules. Through exercises and a series of practical activities you will build your knowledge of colour and how to use it in your artwork. 
By doing the activities in this book, not just reading about them, you will improve your understanding of colour by 70%. In addition to this main publication, we have created The Colour Workbook, with black line masters for all the activities included. You will be able to create copies of these to complete each of the exercises. It is recommended that these be copied onto paper that has a weight of around 110gsm to 130gsm to allow it to be painted on without buckling. 
This book has been written using Matisse Structure and Flow Formula acrylic paints from Derivan Pty Ltd. We have chosen this brand because of their extremely high quality and brilliant colours. You will however, be able to use other brands – and you’ll find this book useful anywhere you’re thinking about colour. Colour is a big subject and in this book we try to demystify and explain how colour works by covering the following.

Keeping It Simple. An invaluable art resource now available for download.

The colour book front cover at an angle

WHAT'S INSIDE

How we see colour?

What is Colour blindness?

Light and wavelengths?

Colours in Sunlight?

What is the visible spectrum?

Understanding Colour Theory

Sources of Colour

How does emitted light affect colour?

Reflected light

How do we see black?

How do we see white?

Additive and Subtractive Colour mixing

colour mixing using reflected

light METAMERS

The difference that lighting plays on colour

a page of the colour book about how we see colour


a page of the colour book about the sources of colour


A page of the colour book about additive and subtractive colour mixing


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