All colors in this photo are tones—even the dark ones.
To see how tones are created—and to get a sense of what they’re all about—up close and personal, I invite you to have a paint-play day—painting tones from your favorite colors. Doing so will expand your color knowledge exponentially. In fact, if you give yourself a day to play with paint, you will be so happy with your new-found knowledge and color understanding.
Alas, consider inviting a few of your friends over to paint tones from their own favorite colors. Then you can all share each other’s findings. You all will find it’s a very worthwhile day. If possible, plan your painting day within the next two weeks.
Here are the items you will need to paint your own beautiful toned hues:
PAINTS: Purchase 3 pure-color tubes of acrylic paint (Liquitex or some other brand). If it suits you, choose one color from the green-blue section of the color wheel (chartreuse through blue-violet). Select another pure color from the red to violet section of the color wheel. Also, choose a pure color from the yellow to red-orange section of the color wheel. This will give you three distinctly different colors with which to paint. If you have other preferences, go with your instincts. Also, if you want to paint with more than three colors, feel free to add more colors. The more you paint tones from other colors, the greater your experience will be—and your color repertoire will be expanded.
Besides your chosen pure colors, you will need a large tube of Neutral Gray 5 (middle value) paint, along with Titanium White and Mars Black.
OTHER ITEMS YOU WILL NEED ARE: You will need at least 2 packages of unlined 3″ x 5″ index cards, 1 or 2 paint brushes, a few large sheets of paper to protect your work surface, coffee stirrers, paper towels or a rags for cleaning brushes, water, paint containers, and toothpicks. Also, you will need construction paper (white and/or black) or tag-board, glue stick, cutting tools (e.g. rotary cutter, cutting board, and ruler).