Changing Color Intensity using Complemetary colors
When complementary colors are mixed in
unequal parts , you can
take advantage of them for creating a variety of darker colors of the
dominant one without using black.
The perfect example is when you have
put down green for foliage. If you add some red to the green, it will
darken the green and give the appearance of shadowed areas.
In my DVD, "Painting with Acrylics:
Sombrero Peak", you
can see how I added permanent rose to permanent sap green to get a darker green for the shadowing and background of the foreground foliage.
This is an example of using complementary colors to darken the
value of the color without using black.
The key to using
complementary colors is that different ratios have different
The best thing for you to do is experiment with
the colors you have on your pallet to see what colors you get.
also change the value by adding white to the color like we did when
producing the grays.
This would be a good time to try mixing complementary colors to see how each react, and how
you can alter their reaction by changing the ratio of the two
Don't limit yourself to just the primary and
secondary colors. Look at the color wheel. Blue-violet and yellow-orange,
for example, are complementary. Just remember, any two colors opposite
each other are complementary.