Create Rich, Beautiful, Intense Colors

Gina Kim loves color, and says, “No other subject stimulates my creative heart, fuels my passion for beauty, and feeds my soul more than color.” Gina says, “My methods are quick (I add color to my backgrounds quickly) and the rewards are amazing–rich, beautiful, and intense color with a touch of whimsy.” Gina shares her love of color (and more) in the first Cloth Paper Scissors Art Lesson of 2015. The theme for this year is “Color Explorations,” as color, to us, is everything. Keep reading for a peek inside.

The color wheel in watercolor
Gina’s primary painting medium is watercolor, which she uses in her Art Lesson 1 demonstrations.

“I chose the colors for these Art Lessons by dividing my watercolor palette into four equal parts,” says Gina. “The color range for Art Lesson 1: The Power of Red, focuses on the bottom left portion of the color wheel: red-violet (which includes pink), primary red, and red-orange. Grouping colors this way will help you paint with analogous colors. Analogous color schemes not only use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, they’re also my secret for making harmonious paintings. Neighboring colors create serene and comfortable settings that are pleasing to the eye. It is no wonder that a lot of analogous colors are found in nature.”

Watercolor techniques and mixed-media art
“Students often ask me what type of watercolors I use,” Gina says. “I prefer tube watercolors that are professional grade, but feel free to use whatever you have. Sometimes I find it liberating to paint with less expensive scholastic watercolors. Be aware that they may not be lightfast (i.e. permanent).” 

In Art Lesson 1, Color Explorations: The Power of Red (click here to download it), you’ll find two exercises that will get you comfortable with creating both a variegated wash and a glazed wash for your mixed-media backgrounds. You’ll also have access to videos of Gina in action as she walks you through each process while using a mighty combination of colors.

Stay tuned to future newsletters–each Art Lesson features a new mixed-media technique for your to add to your repertoire.

Warm regards,


Blog, Mixed-Media Painting Techniques, Mixed-Media Techniques


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