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Have you ever felt frustrated trying to mix the right colour?
It can quickly take you out of flow. You know what you want, but you don't know how to get there.
It's time to change that!
The good news is that colour doesn't have to be complicated. This mini colour course will give you a strong foundation in colour theory while also giving you the confidence to break out of colour ruts and try new things.
In this class, you will learn ...
- How to mix colours using primaries and white
- The benefit of a split primary palette
- Two ways to mute down colours
- The beauty of chromatic blacks and greys
- Tips for using art books as colour inspiration
- Common colour schemes and why they work well
- 7 different ways to collect colour palette ideas
- Swatching techniques for a variety of media
You will also get access to five acrylic abstract painting demonstrations.
Each demo focuses on a different colour scheme and draws inspiration from Abstract Expressionist painters such as Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and Helen Frankethaler.
At the end of this class, you will feel more confident about mixing colours, choosing colour palettes, trying different colour schemes, and so much more!
What is the Creative Blend Art Program?
This class is part of the Creative Blend Art Program. The CB Program is designed to help you establish a consistent art practice while digging in deep with what lights you up and makes your work unique.
The program is running from April 2022 through until March 2023.
A new class is released each month exploring a theme. From developing your style to building confidence with colour, rest assured, this is a jam-packed program!
Each class includes a rich combination of; painting videos, Q&As, art supply deep dives, guest artist interviews and so much more. All in a cosy, relatable and easy-to-digest format. You also get LIFETIME ACCESS!
Let's take a closer look at ...
Colour Deep Dive
Say goodbye to colour frustration!
With a basic understanding of the colour wheel and a few hours of mixing practice, you'll be amazed at how quickly your colour skills grow.
In the lessons, I share my biggest takeaway from the colour wheel along with tips for muting down colours, using chromatic greys, understanding value contrast, and more.
It's easy to get into a colour rut. To help with this, we'll be using art books as inspiration. You'll see me trying out colour schemes used by abstract artists such as Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and Helen Frankethaler.
Through these demonstrations you will learn about different colour ideas including monochromatic, complementary, analogous, and high key.
It's a wonderful learning exercise and a great way to move your art in new directions.
Q & A Session
From making colour recipe cards to spending a cosy afternoon on Pinterest, there are many enjoyable ways to explore colour.
These ideas are great for those days when you don't have the energy for painting, but you still want to do something artsy.
I couldn't have a colour class without some swatching! This is a relaxing session where I test out four new products.
You'll see a few different ways to swatch and hear my initial thoughts on each product.
Grab your seat today, and elevate your life and art practice
The course is priced in USD. If you use another currency, the USD amount will be converted at the checkout by Stripe (if you are using a credit card) or by Paypal. You can get an approximation by checking the conversion rate using xe.com.
Refund Policy: Because you're giving immediate access to the class, I am unable to offer a refund. I encourage you to contact me with any questions prior to purchasing. There is a contact form in the footer of this page.
Love from past students……
I don't think it is too bold of me to say that my art improved immediately. I now have people regularly asking to purchase my work, which is incredibly rewarding. These classes have helped to feed my creativity immeasurably, and I am forever hanging out for the next one!
Laura presents incredibly useful tips in a structured way, while still providing space and encouragement for students to pursue their own creative instincts. I used to think abstracts were beyond me, and thanks to Laura, I now only paint abstracts! I’ve watched all her classes literally countless times, and yet each time, I still find something new.
Laura Horn is a brilliant teacher. I have taken all of her classes. They are like meditation to me and have given me skills in mixed media, abstracts, botanicals and so much more. I am waiting eagerly for her new course to begin.
I've had the joy and privilege of teaching over 25,000 students across the globe through my online classes.
Meet Laura, your teacher
Hello, I'm Laura
I'm a mixed media artist from Adelaide, South Australia. Ten years ago, I picked up a paintbrush. I had two young children, and like many mothers, I felt a little lost among all the nappies.
As soon as I reconnected with my creativity, I felt a spark. I quickly fell in love with all things art. The yummy supplies, the supportive community, and the sense of purpose and satisfaction that came from doing something I truly loved.
I followed my passion and built a beautiful, messy life around it. Things rarely went to plan, but I amazed myself with the things that I could do. From selling my work at markets and cafes to running a retreat in Bali, right through to hosting a top-rated art podcast.
Tapping into my creativity gave me clarity and confidence, and it can do this for you too.
- Introduction to Confident Colour (4:32)
- Understanding the Colour Wheel (14:09)
- Mixing Muted Colours (24:49)
- Collecting Colour Ideas (9:19)
- Using Art Books as Inspiration (25:12)
- Colour Scheme Demonstrations (5 abstract painting videos) (57:56)
- Vlog: Swatching New Art Supplies (22:18)
- Soft Pop Spotify Playlist (BONUS)
A Quick Word About Supplies
The demonstrations for this class are in acrylic. Having said that, it is a very flexible course and the principles and ideas can be applied to other mediums. For your paints, I would recommend having both warm and cool primary colours plus either titanium white or zinc white. The primary colours I use are:
RED: Napthol Red Light (warm), Quinacridone Magenta (cool)
BLUE: Ultramarine Blue (warm), Phthalo Blue (cool)
YELLOW: Hansa or Benzi Yellow Medium (warm), Hansa or Benzi Yellow Light (cool)
Other colours that you will see me using include Titan Buff, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Payne's Grey, Phthalo Green, Dioxazine Purple and Carbon Black. These are handy to have, but are not essential to get started.
You can work on any substrate: mixed media/watercolour paper, sketchbook, canvas, wooden panel, or whatever you can get your hands on. Other than that, you will just need some brushes, mixing palette, water container, paper towel and an area to work where you can get a bit messy!
For more information about the supplies that I routinely use, click the button below.
Frequently Asked Questions...
Do I have to buy all the Creative Blend classes?
No, each class can be enjoyed as a stand-alone class. I will be releasing a class on the first day of each month for a year, beginning April 1. Each class is $37. I will be leaving the classes up on my website as instant access classes for the duration of the program. You will be able to pick and choose classes based on your creative interests.
Do I have a limited amount of time to access this program?
The course comes with lifetime access. There is no time limit so you don't need to worry about missing out. You can log into the Teachable classroom at any time to view the videos or you can download the content onto your device.
What is included and how long are the videos?
See section above to view the curriculum and video duration for this specific class.
What level is the course suitable for?
This course is suitable for anyone that has an interest in mixed media painting. The program caters for complete beginners through to more experienced artists. If you are a beginner the Colour Deep Dive is going to be very helpful. If you are more experienced, you might be familiar with the supplies but there will be plenty of fresh perspectives shared through the Cosy Studio Chat/Q&A, Studio Vlog and Painting Sessions.
Do I need to have all the art supplies? I'm just getting started and have a limited budget.
The Creative Blend Art Program is very flexible. You can substitute supplies for almost all of the lessons and I am happy to suggest alternative options.
With this in mind, there isn't a specific supply list. Instead, I have created a page on my website with all the supplies I routinely use.
My suggestion would be to watch the module first and then decide on your supply choices.
Will there be an online community for this course?
Yes, you will be invited to join the private Creative Blend Art Program Facebook Group. The Facebook Group is optional as all course content will be posted in Teachable, but if you want to share your work and ask questions, Facebook will be the main platform for participant interaction.