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  • Mix two colors that are next to each other (adjacent) on the color wheel to make a new color of the same intensity or brightness.
  • Mix two or more colors that are not next to each to yield a neutralized new color... less bright.
  • To make earth tones like brown, mix colors that are opposite each other (complementary).

Color mixing theory is the same for both paint and clay, but each has special properties that will affect the quantity of material used.

With clay, understanding how much of each color to use requires some experience, and trial and error. Blending equal parts of two colors together will not result in a color half–way between the two; the stronger color will dominate, so use less of it.

It takes a large amount of White to lighten a strong color like Orange. When adding Black to create “shades” the opposite is true. It takes a very small amount of Black to darken most colors, so always mix from light to dark to avoid waste.

Colors can be neutralized, or made less bright, by adding small amounts of the complementary color. For example, Yellow + Violet. The resulting neutral retains the hue of the dominant color, but with less intensity.


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