Whether your new to watercolor or a pro, probably the hardest aspect about watercolor that you’ve found is mixing colors. I mean for crying out aloud there are tons of books dedicated to just this topic. It can seem very daunting of a task when facing some many different options and colors that are available to you. Where do you start? Why is it that some colors when mixed together look atrocious while others blend beautifully? And once you mix a specific color that you love, the dilemma of figuring out how you got it in the first place? When I first began painting, I would simply mix an assortment of colors together on my palette until I achieved the color I desired. This worked, but it also cost me a great deal of paint, time, and un-needed frustration. I soon found myself so frustrated that began just using the colors straight from tubes or pans. That’s sad because watercolor’s true power, it’s greatest value, is found in it’s ability to mix and layer colors on the paper. So I found myself at a dilemma. That is until I read another artist’s thoughts about using color Mixing charts to help aid in their paint mixing skills.
So being optimistic, I decided to try making one of these color mixing charts for myself. Honestly, I can say this is the most valuable tool I own in my entire art studio. To this day this one of my best watercolor tool. And today I’m going to teach you how I made my own color mixing chart and how I use it.
Before you even begin cutting your paper and setting up your work area. First you need to chose what paint colors you would like to use in your color chart. If you have never created a color chart before, I recommend just using 5 colors-preferably colors that reflect the color wheel-such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. This will give you a great range of colors yet not overwhelm you in the process.
The colors I will be using today are Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolors: Scarlet Red, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, French Ultramarine, and Dioxazine Violet.
I find these colors work well with one another and create a really sweet pastel/neutral palette compared to a more vibrant color palette.
Well first, it’s extremely helpful
So there you have it, in my opinion the best watercolor tool that a watercolorist could create and have in their pocket. As usual guys, I hope you enjoyed this video and if you did please make sure to like, subscribe, comment and all that other Youtube stuff. And remember… just keep painting
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