Colormixing vibrant colors in Watercolor

Colormixing vibrant colors in Watercolor
January 20, 2014 Sue

One of the traits of watercolor that I love so much is the luminosity and transparency  of the color. It’s important to keep your colors fresh and to not get too “muddy” by overmixing. And as with anything this takes practice. For anyone that is new to watercolor painting I thought it would be helpful to put together a short tutorial on how to use colors that are blended right on the paper rather than pre-mixed on the palette. Once you see how this works I think you will understand how much more exciting and vibrant the colors look.

I’ve done this chart with three primary colors, Hansa Yellow, Ultramarine Blue and Pyrrol Red. Of course this practice works with all of your colors, so just keep experimenting. This was done in my Strathmore Visual Journal sketchbook with 140lb paper. And having enough clean water is always a must, use a large container so you don’t have to re-fill as often.

Enjoy! 

 

Comments (16)

  1. Linda Watson 4 years ago

    This is great, Sue. I’m so glad you persisted. I love working with water color. I’m mostly self-taught, so do a lot of experimenting, which I enjoy. Looking forward to exploring your site, and doing the color chart.

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Thanks Linda, so glad you stopped by. I’m self taught also, but when it’s something you love you don’t mind the all of the practice right?

  2. Ruth Packard 4 years ago

    Wow! Sue, this was great! Learning to watercolor is at the very top of my “bucket list”! I can no longer use oils because of an allergy. I love your work!

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      Sue 4 years ago

      There are so many great aspects of watercolor Ruth. Just jump in and give it a try. This is a good place to start, simple practice squares to get used to using the mixture of paint and water. I’d love to see what you do!

  3. Dawn Rae Conery 4 years ago

    This is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing it. I will be making that chart for sure. Love watercolors and am learning on my own too. Hope you do more videos!

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Hi Dawn, wonderful to hear from you. Glad you enjoyed the video and I’m hoping to do more. Keep painting and mixing those wonderful colors!

  4. Deborah Weber 4 years ago

    That was a fabulous graphic example Sue. And you’ve inspired me to pull out the watercolors and play with blending. How fun! Looking forward to more videos from you.

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Thanks Deborah, it is so good to hear from you. It makes me feel so good when I hear someone say they want to play with watercolors. A girl after my own heart. Have fun with it!!

  5. I am so happy to be here. I want to paint. Your video with music makes me want to dance with watercolor! Really terrific. xo

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Susan- so happy to have you here! Funny you should say that this makes you want to dance- sometimes I do dance when I paint, ha! Don’t tell!

  6. Kelly L McKenzie 4 years ago

    Wowzers. This is so much more appealing to me than reading about it in a book. I get it! The music had me hopping about in my chair! I am delighted to have found you via Michele’s Inspirational blogging group. Truly inspirational Sue.

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Kelly- I’m thrilled to hear that my little video “had you hopping” and happy to have you join in on the fun

  7. Debbie 4 years ago

    I love the texture of your “paper” on my screen! Stunning effect. I love the video – pulling my paints out to watch it again (with supplies!).

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Debbie- thanks so much for your kind comments. I’d be excited to see what you do with your paints!

  8. Sigga Dis 3 years ago

    what a great idea Sue, I think I have to borrow your idea and use it in my class when teaching the kids about the colors 🙂 Hope you dont mind. If you go to my blog you can see how I did make a colorpalete with tea, coffe and read wine, you can find it here http://siggadisart.blogspot.com/2014/05/painting-with-tea-coffee-and-red-wine.html

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      Sue 3 years ago

      Sigga, Of course you can share the video about mixing colors with your class, I would be thrilled. And I’m going to head over to your blog to check out what you did with drinks for color! So happy to have you stop by

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