This is probably one of the easiest and most recognizable supplies for watercolor. But since it is so recognizable and so familiar to us – sometimes we forget that this is actually where the magic really happens. You see…Watercolor is all about water control – which starts in your palette with your paint mixtures. So, my question to you is “have you ever seen this on your paint palette before?”
Well, that’s bad (what’s bad?) and I’ll explain why later on in this video. But before we tackle the really cool secrets hidden within our watercolor palette – let’s do a brief overview of the in’s and out’s to watercolor palettes. So, without further ado, let’s jump into this…
When looking at Watercolor Palettes, they are classified in 3 ways – SET UP, SIZE, & MATERIAL. Let’s talk about Set Up first.
One thing you will find in common with all watercolor palettes is that they’re mixing surfaces are always white. The reason for this is pretty simple and self-explanatory. You see a white surface will help you while mixing colors to gauge whether you have the color hue or not.
The next way palettes are set up is with wells and mixing areas.
The next way palettes are sorted is by…Size. The smaller the size of your watercolor palette, as one would guess, the easier it is to transport it from place to place or paint outside of your home. The cons to this comes down to how small your palette actually is. This can make it difficult to mix paints and even store larger amounts of paint in your wells.
Medium or large watercolor palettes usually have large mixing areas and larger wells to store your paints. But can be overwhelming when trying to paint in a small area or when traveling. Also, larger palettes tend to allow you to store LOTS of colors in one palette – which can be good but also a problem for the “newb” at watercolor. Here’s a little tip for you. In order to achieve bright vibrant watercolor paintings – you really need to learn how to work with a limited color palette.
What I mean by this, is learning to use a small amount of paint colors (let’s say 5 to 10) that work well together (also known as harmonious colors). Now, I want to clarify that I’m not saying “only use 5 colors in your painting but rather 5 to 10 paint colors on your palette for one painting”. You see with those 5 to 10 paint colors you can potentially make 50 to even 100 different color variations and values in your painting. But since we are working with a limited color palette of paint – your illustration’s colors are more likely to be vibrant and less likely to become muddy.
Another way watercolor palettes are classified is by….Material. Watercolor palettes are sold in plastic, porcelain, and metal. For today’s video however, I’m only going to be talking about the two I’ve been in contact with which is: plastic and porcelain.
As you probably guessed – since I didn’t show you a porcelain palette, I don’t own one. The palette I use and I recommend is this plastic palette that I got from Amazon for under $10. Yep you heard that right. :) Of course, one day I would like to invest in a porcelain palette, but for now I make do with what I have. But how do I fix the mixing problem on my plastic palette?
So, I hope this cleared up some things for you and perhaps you learned something new!
…and As always Ya’ll, it’s been a pleasure and I will see you next time!