Color Mixing lesson with Marsha Valk Lesson Plan


  • Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT) master color mixing
  • SWBAT demonstrate different color theory techniques


  • How are colors mixed?
  • What colors can be created by mixing certain combinations?
  • How do you mix on a Gelli Arts® plate?
  • What are primary colors?
  • What are secondary colors?


  • Gelli Arts® Printing plate
  • White paper
  • Paint, colors needed: red, blue, yellow


Primary Colors – Blue, Red, Yellow

Secondary Colors – Green, Purple, Orange

Monochromatic – Containing or using only one color

Analogous – Groups of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel

Complementary – Pairs of colors which, when combined or mixed, cancel each other out. These colors also sit on opposing ends of the color wheel

Triadic – Color scheme is comprised of three colors evenly spaced on the color wheel


Using quality paints helps with the success of color mixing. Secondly, intuitively or consciously, we use the basic principles of color theory.

Colour theory doesn’t have to be hard. Even basic knowledge of the primary and secondary colours goes a long way.

However, a color wheel can be a handy tool to have because it not only tells you exactly what color you’re going to get when you mix two colors together but also which color combinations work best.

Please note that color confidence only gets better with practice. Take time to really get to know the paints you have in your stash.


By using the methods in this video, you will learn about the basic types of color mixing with using a Gelli plate as your workspace:

Example of mixing Yellow and Blue:

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