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Creating Dimension with Paint


Dimension is when you add other colors to your painting to get rid of the "flattness" you see when painting with just one color.

When creating dimension with paint the use of at least three colors is essential:

One main color and one to each side. In other words, you will need a dark, a medium and a light. A fourth color will then give the viewer the idea that there is light coming from somewhere and shining on the objects in your painting.

If, for example, you are creating a leaf, you will need to basecoat with a medium green, shade with a dark green and highlight with a light green. To then develop the illusion of a light source you will brighten with a white or soft yellow.

This will create a 3D leaf rather than a flat one.

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