Colour Theory

Endless Palette

If you think you need hundreds of shades to create attractive paintings, you are wrong! An “Endless palette” can be easily created with primary colours. Mixing them in different ratios will get you several of shades, some, you cannot even imagine! And when you are just starting out, start with a primary colour palette only, learn and mix shades - that will give you a lot of clarity too. If you start instantly with the biggest palette possible, you might get overwhelmed.

But if you are an advanced level artist and need colours at your disposal all the time, here are some basic pointers to make you understand what hues, colours or tones are and for you to pick the right shade when you go colour shopping on our website!

Hue , Tint, Colour, Tone or Shade? - These terms become so confusing when it comes to buying a certain shade. Let me explain these so that you never get confused again:

  • What is Colour?

As easy as it sounds, it is a general term that describes all hues, tints, shades and tones.

  • What is Hue?

Hue is the basic colour family/ origin of the colour. For example, all primary, secondary colours are hues. Yellow, Red, Green, Blue, Purple are all hues.

  • What is Tint?

A tint is paler than the original colour. It is basically any hue + white. For example, all pastel colours would be considered tints.

  • What is Tone?
Very interestingly, it makes the colour duller. Any hue where pure grey is added is called a tone , i.e, equal amounts of black and white added to any hue.
  • What is Shade?
Shade is when pure black colour is added to any hue. Yes, you heard it right - “pure black”, that does not mean it only is black colour but putting the right amount of black to obtain a new colour is shade.


Want to add a specific shade to your collection? Try out the Camlin and Fevicryl Loose Acrylic paints.

  • Camel Acrylic 40 ml Tubes (Open Stock)
  • Fevicryl Acrylic Colours 15 ml (Open Stock) Variants

Now with this colour wheel, you can easily differentiate everything you need to understand deeply about colours and its parts! If you play right with your colours, no one can come between you and your masterpieces! 

Written by - Divita Jain


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