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Color Theory

How we see color - The color effect.

Daylight (white light) is made up of numerous waves or impulses each having different dimensions or wavelengths. When separated, any single wavelength will produce a specific color impression to the human eye. What we actually see as color is known as its color effect. When an object is hit (bombarded) with light rays, the object absorbs certain waves and reflects others, this determines the color effect.

observing color

Observing Color

For example, what we actually see when we observe a blue ball is that the ball appears blue because it reflects only blue light and absorbs all other light.

The ball does not have color in itself. The light generates the color. What we see as color is the reflection of specific wavelength of light rays off an object.

The color white:

If all light waves are reflected from a surface the surface will appear to be white.

The color black:

Similarly, when all light waves are absorbed by a surface the surface will appear to be black.

The energy of light waves is converted into heat when absorbed. Wearing white or light colored clothing during hot summer days takes advantage of the quality.

color prism

The color prism

The colored light in the visible spectrum ranges from red to violet. We can see this process by passing sunlight (white light) through a prism. Upon entering the prism, white light refracts (is bent, causing light waves of different lengths to be revealed, red having the longest wave length and violet having the shortest) into the visible spectrum.

Similarly, white light can be generated when all colored light in the spectrum is passed through a converging lens.

Using the artSparx color selector

These color tones have all been created using glazes. They are hand mixed using Universal tinters, artist acrylic paint or artist oil paint blended with Glazing liquid and applied over a specific base color. Each recipe includes exact base-color specs, color mixing ratios and guides on glazing techniques. Simply choose the color you want, or learn the basic color combinations and create your own custom colors.

Note: due to the hand mixed - custom nature of each glaze recipe, your results may differ slightly.

Color Palette

color palette

From selecting Historic or Period colors to mixing original colors for glazing and decorative effects, the artSparx Color Palette is here to help. You'll find color mixing recipes, ideas and basic color principles to help get you started.

ColorSelect System

The artSparx colorSelect System provides detailed instructions and step-by-step tutorials for creating custom color effects in your home or office. For artSparxPro members. You'll learn how to: Use the correct base colors: Creating a glaze: The Colorant: The Mixing Ratio: Mixing the glaze The basic glazing process Getting Ready Testing your glaze mixture Quick Chart: Proper use of colorants

ColorScheme System

Understanding the 12 step color wheel Creating a 12 step color wheel. Basic principles of color Primary, secondary and tertiary colors Tints and shades, value and hue, neutral grays Creating harmonious color schemes Using complementary and contrasting colors Using triadic colors to create balanced color schemes Using tetrads to create balanced color schemes

Color Theory

About Color How we see color Learning to use color Advanced color principles For those interested in in-depth color learning. Ideal for designers, artists, illustrators and graphic designers.

Blending Traditional and Contemporary Design
Venetian Plaster

Inspired by the ornate plaster-work of Renaissance Italy, decorative plaster has a millennial history, with origins dating back to the Rome of the Caesars and in the art of Ancient Greece.

It was Andrea Palladio, a famous Italian architect, who in the XVI century re-discovered it through his studies and re-proposed it in the splendid Venetian villas that are still to this day the distinguishing mark of his career. Stucco Veneziano is an aesthetic solution that step by step, conquered Venice and Lombardy, then Italy, and finally entire Europe in the XVII century. Today, venetian plaster Stucco Veneziano restores the splendor of a classic and prestigious finish.


Lithos Venetian Plaster

Finishing Venetian Plaster with natural polished marble effect

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Lithos is the contemporary version of the famous ancient Stucco Veneziano. It is a beautiful and highly refined decorative finish for hotels, offices, shops, exhibition halls, living rooms, etc. Ideal for all types of interior surfaces such as cement renders, Gypsum plasters, prefabricated panels wood and its by-products, as long as sufficiently smooth. With the range of colours and the applicator’s capacity and inspiration, it is possible to attain a variety of designs and chromatic effects. The resulting coating, in addition to being highly attractive, is abrasion resistant and washable.

Spread rate: XX Sq. ft. per quart.

Method of application The product is ready to use. Mix up gently until the product is workable. Spread MITHOS LUX with a steel trowel in several coats on the withered product. Polish the final coat only. In case the substrate is not homogeneous. It could be necessary to wait 24 hours before applying and polishing the final coat.

Choose your color. Simply select a color of your choice from any major paint manufacturer and our team at artSparx will custom tint your Venetian Plaster and ship it directly to your location. Call us at 415.407.5097 or email.

Lithos/Q $ 29.95
Lithos Venetian Plaster - Untinted WHITE - Quart
Venetian Plaster
Lithos/1GAL $ 78.95
Lithos Venetian Plaster - Untinted WHITE - 1 Gallon
Venetian Plaster
Lithos/5GAL $ 220.00
Lithos Venetian Plaster - Untinted WHITE - 5 Gallon
Venetian Plaster

Color Palette


Apply more than one coat. If white from the basecoat transpires through the first coat of Venetian plaster application, its OK! The second and third coat will completely cover these areas.

Keep the trowel clean. While adding the second and third coats, it is important to work with a clean trowel. Keep a bucket of warm water near by to clean the trowel as needed and lessen the chances of creating unwanted scratches in the surface

Base Color Quartz Primer - Un-tinted White

Plaster color Vino Rosso

Step-by-step tutorial starts here...

venetian plaster

Step 1: Preparation

Ideal conditions for applying Stucco Veneziano are interior walls with smooth surfaces. Apply a medium size amount of Veneziano to the edge of a stainless steel trowel using a mixing knife. Begin to apply a first coat over a smooth and primed surface. Apply the first coat as thin as possible. In a room temperature environment, Stucco Veneziano's open time ranges from approximately 15-30 minutes. I use long and swift motions to create a smooth and even first layer. I try to create as level and uniform 1st coat as possible.

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Step 2: Scrape off excess.

Once the surface is dry, scrape off any excess or dried product using the edge of the trowel. Make sure the surface is completely smooth and ready for a second coat.

Quartz Primer Medium fine

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Medio Quartz Primer is quartz facing in an acrylic formula. It is a flat finish primer for texture basecoats and preparation. Commonly used to prepare surfaces so that they are perfectly absorbant, smooth, and transpiring. Overall, quartz primer is a smooth finish primer used to create good foundations for applications for Stucco and texture finishes. Use for large grain lime plaster. Medio Quartz Primer is quartz facing in an acrylic formula. It is a flat finish primer for texture basecoats and preparation. Commonly used to prepare surfaces so that they are perfectly absorbant, smooth, and transpiring. Overall, quartz primer is a smooth finish primer used to create good foundations for applications for Stucco and texture finishes.

Spread rate: 71 to 82 Sq. ft. per quart.

QuartzM/Q $ 34.50
Quartz Primer - Medium Fine - Quart
Quartz Primer
QuartzM/5L $ 89.00
Quartz Primer - Medium Fine - 5 Liter
Quartz Primer
QuartzM/14L $ 198.00
NQuartz Primer - Medium Fine - 14 Liter
Quartz Primer

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Step 3: Sand Surface.

Before I begin each new layer I like to use 400 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the surface. Sanding in a circular motion blends the layers of Stucco and brings the underlying layers to the surface. Wait at least 1 hour for the first coat to completely dry before applying a second coat.

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