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.