Whenever I do a background with my paints, no matter what technique I am doing, I always use three coordinating colours.
If you always use coordinating colours then you will always get a good result, even if you make a mess of it.
Unfortunately not everyone knows what colours coordinate together, so here's a little step out to help you all.
Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass
Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, Vibrant Turquoise
Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, London Blue
Cut Grass, Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue.
Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue, Crushed Grape.
Bubblegum Pink, Crushed Grape, Vibrant Turquoise.
Bubblegum Pink, Postbox Red, Crushed Grape.
Squeezed Orange, Postbox Red, Bubblegum Pink
Squeezed Orange, Postbox Red, Melted Chocolate.
Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Melted Chocolate.
Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Postbox Red
I also get asked all the time which colours are the no no colours, meaning the ones when mixed together make brown.
These are opposites on the colour wheel and I would never use them together wet.
But if you let them dry they are fabulous for complementing each other and making them pop.
So wet is a no no, dry is a yes yes...
The opposite of Crushed Grape is Lemon Zest and Fresh Lime, and vice versa.
The opposite of Squeezed Orange is London Blue and Vibrant Turquoise and vice versa.
The opposite of Postbox Red is Cut Grass and Fresh Lime and vice versa.
I hope that helped, happy painting.