Selecting The Right Color: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know And More

By Nicole Tinkham

Ever find yourself staring at a blank canvas even though you have a complete composition already laid out in in your mind? The hard part is over; you have all the ideas but can’t seem to actually get started. Here’s why: you’re having a difficult time selecting your color palette. If you ever find yourself so unsure of which color to select that it prevents you from starting a painting altogether, you need to read this blog. We’ll dive into everything you ever wanted to know about selecting the right color and more. This will help you get started right away on your projects because you’ll already have it in your mind what colors you want to work with.

Color palette

The first thing you’ll want to do before starting a painting is determine your color palette. This is usually a main color with a few supporting colors that go along with it. When it comes to realistic paintings, you’ll want to choose colors that match your subject as closely as possible. Otherwise you’re totally open to selecting whichever colors you want. Having so many options is typically where the trouble lies though. Every color portrays a certain feel so let’s begin there. Think about how you want the viewer to feel and what message you want to get across then determine which color below aligns with that best.

Reds = Passion, Explosive
Blues = Bold, Clean, Intelligent
Greens = Simple, New
Purples = Elegant, Smooth
Yellows = Joy, Bliss
Pinks = Power, Glamorous
Orange = Energy, Creativity

Hue vs Tint vs Shade

When selecting colors, it’s also important to understand the difference between hue, tint, and shade. This will give you different variations of a color. Hue is the pure color without anything mixed in with it. Tint on the other hand, is a lighter version of the original color as it’s mixed with white. Shade is then the opposite. It’s darker than the original color and mixed with black.

The Color Wheel

A color wheel is an excellent tool for any artist whether you’re a total newbie or experienced. We always recommend having a color wheel on hand. This tool will lay out your color options and help you pair colors up to form your color palette. On your color wheel, you’ll find the following colors.

Primary Colors = Blue, Yellow and Red

Secondary Colors = Green, Orange, and Purple

Tertiary Colors = Amber, Chartreuse, Teal, Violet, Magenta, Vermilion

Color Schemes

Once you have that main color selected, it’s time to think about your supporting colors. This is where using your color wheel really becomes helpful. Use the following color schemes to help you determine your supporting colors. They are proven colors to work well together.

Monochromatic = These are colors within the same section of the color wheel. They will be the same color but in different tints and shades.

Analogous = These are colors that can be found on either side of your main chosen color on the color wheel, one on the right and one on the left.

Complimentary = These are two colors directly opposite one another on the color wheel.

This simple guide for choose the perfect colors can be used for more than just your painting project. It can be used to help you find a frame for your project, determining what color to paint the walls in your home, decorating, and just about anything else that involves color choices. Investing in a color wheel will be the key to success especially if you’re a beginner artist but it’s also a great way to think up fresh color combinations that you may not have thought of before. Save this guide and use it whenever you get stuck choosing the perfect color for your project. No longer will color choices hold you back!

Think Your Old Markers Are Trash? Think Again! Here Are 4 Tricks To Reviving Dried Markers

By Nicole Tinkham


How many times have you ditched old markers because they weren’t writing as clearly as they were on day #1? It’s so easy to trash the old and run out to buy new. In fact, we often don’t think twice about it. But what if we told you that with a quick and simple trick you could revive those old markers and save yourself money as well as time? Before you ditch those old markers, read on for 4 tricks to reviving them!

1.    Wet the tip of the marker under a slow stream of water. Wrap the tip in plastic wrap and place the cap back on. Let it sit for a few hours and then test it out.

2.    Heat water to just about boiling and let it sit for a few minutes in a glass cup or bowl to allow it to cool slightly. Place the whole tip of the marker in the warm water for about 5 minutes. You should start to see the ink running from the tip of the marker into the water. Shake off the excess water, put the lid back on, and let it dry for 24 hours before testing it out.

3.    Pour some white vinegar into a small dish and quickly dab the tip of the marker into the vinegar. You don’t want to hold it in there for long as it could ruin your marker. Keep dipping it in and quickly removing it. Do this about 5-10 times. You’re basically cleaning the marker felt. Let it set out to dry for 24 hours without the cap before testing it.

4.    Pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol into the cap or separate dish. Soak the tip of the marker in the alcohol until you see the ink flowing out of the marker. Put the cap of the marker back on and let it dry for 15 minutes before testing it out.

Tips for storing markers

•    Store markers in a cool dry place
•    Storing markers with the tip face down is ideal
•    For the Florida folks (or anyone else in a hot climate), you can store your markers in the fridge
•    Secure lids after every use
•    For dual sided markers, store horizontally

Next time your old markers are about to take a nose dive right into the dumpster, stop and just try one of these tricks to reviving dried markers. You have a 50/50 shot of it working but since these hacks don’t take much time or effort, why not try it out? It’ll save you money (who knows how much longer you can get out of that marker now!) and the time it takes to run out to the store just hoping they have your favorite marker available.

We would love to know, have any of these tips (or some of your own not mentioned in this blog) helped with your dried out markers? Please comment below!