What is Tint? | Color Theory

Hey guys!! Welcome back!

Last week I mentioned a little something about tint, but I didn’t get the chance to go into detail with it, so that is what we are going to focus on today.

What is Tint?

Tint is part of value, but instead of going down the whole scale it only focuses on one side: the side with added white. When you take a pure hue and mix it with white it creates a tint.

So, if you take red and add white it makes a TINT of red, which we call pink. :)

Why are tints important?

Sometimes you need a range of tint, because you need something to draw in your audience. In some case you could get away with not using tint, but other times your work could come across as boring or formless.

Being able to use tint is a good skill to learn incase you need it in the future.

A way to practice tint

The easiest way to practice using tint is with paint because it is easier to mix colors together, so that's what we are going to use in this project. :)

Today you are going to learn how to make a tint scale. This will help you understand how tint works and you can always refer back to this chart whenever you need it.

Things you will need

  • Paper (I like to use Bristol paper because it feels a lot more official, but any paper will do)

  • Paint (I use acrylics, but grabbing some tempera paint works really well especially if you are just starting out with paints or painting just isn’t your medium)

  • One paint brush (you don’t need a fancy brush or anything for this)

  • Something to mix your paint on. (I like to use a sheet of this disposable mixing pallet for things like this)

  • a ruler and pencil and eraser (If you want things too look super nice and professional

What to do

Now that we have our supplies we can get started!

  • Take the ruler and pencil and draw out a chart

  • Connect them lightly

  • Find the center of the page and go out ½ and in on each side

  • Lightly, make it into a rectangle

  • Divide it accordingly

  • Take your pure hue and paint in one square

  • Take your white and add it to the last square

  • Now add a little white to your pure hue every time you go up a square. One more prominent than the next till you get to the lightest color you can go

  • Title it

  • Let dry

  • Put it in your portfolio


Try doing this technique and then try doing it on a larger scale by making a drawing with just a pure hue and tint.

When you are finished post it and tag me!

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I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Question of the day

If you had to use only one pure hue for all of your art, what would it be?

Thank you guys for joining me today!

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