What Paints Should I Buy?
This is a common question I get asked when it comes to my watercolor palette hue of colors. And to be honest, it’s a bit difficult to answer since all of these colors are like my babies, but if I had to rank them – I’d do it according to the color wheel.
The 6 CORE Primaries
This tends to be a pretty controversial topic in the art world – but I’m in the camp of there are 6 primary colors when it comes to watercolor paints: The Traditional Primaries & The Modern Primaries.
The Traditional Primaries
I’m not going to get into a lot of details about this (I’ll save that for an upcoming course ) – but know the traditional primaries are lightfast colors that have been recognized by the art community for years. These Include a Permanent Magenta, Yellow, and Cool Blue. Within my collection, these colors would include…
The Modern Primaries
Are colors that you would find inside your color printer. These colors are bright and almost neon looking. The biggest flaw when it comes to modern primaries is that one of the main primaries is NOT considered lightfast – meaning it will fade over time when compared to the traditional primaries. These colors from my collection would include…
These should be your starting base colors. After that I suggest moving on to your secondary colors…
Once you have your primaries and secondaries, I’d move on to your neutrals. It is true you can mix most of these colors with your current palette – but sometimes it’s just easier to start with a solid brown or gray tint than having to mix it from scratch.
These colors aren’t necessary – but make it easier to when mixing. So I’d include these last in your collection. I’ve tried to order these in order of importance based on how I mix – starting with my most used tertiary to my least used…
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