Monday, February 8, 2016

Creating A Basic Watercolor Palette

Creating a watercolor palette is a highly personal thing. We all have different colors we like and different colors that we use more than others.  However, there  are a few basic colors that can be mixed to make almost any color.

All color explinations and pictures  are from artist Jane Blundell. She writes extensively on choosing colors and watercolor technique, her site is definitely worth checking out.

I am linking to Daniel Smith watercolors to keep consistentcy but feel free to use any brand you like or combine brands to get the exact shades you love.

This is by no means a hard and fast rule for what you need to paint with but a general collection many watercolorists keep as a foundation for their collection of paints. It keeps color choices limited and can always be returned to when brushing up on basics or you can only bring along a few colors.

Colors are divided into warm and cool. We need both types to create balance.
Warm and cool colors are a spectrum within each hue. Hue is a color or shade.

Warm colors are made with orange, red, and yellow. They are said to evoke feelings of heat and sunlight.

Cool colors are colors like blue, green, and gray known for having a calm sense about them.

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Basic Watercolor Palette//Anthropologie color wheel pendant

Looking at the color wheel, warm colors are on one side, cool on the other. Where the colors meet and  mix they form hybrids. Hybrid colors can be cool or warm depending on how they are mixed. For example,  a bright lime green  is considered warm because it has a yellow base while Kelly green tends towards the cool side with blue mixed in it.

Cool Yellows are  a brighter yellow like lemon yellow. Cool yellows tend to make green-ish colors when mixed.
Hansa Yellow Medium

Other names for cool yellows:
Cadmium yellow Light
Transparent Yellow
 Nickel Azo Yellow

Warm Yellows tend to look more orange.
Quinacridone Gold
Other warm yellows:
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Basic Watercolor Palette// Quinacridone Gold// Jane Blundell
Cadmium yellow medium
New gambouge
Hansa Yellow Deep

Cool Red is more purple than yellow.
Quinacridone Rose


Other cool reds:
Cadmium red medium
permanent rose
Permanent Rose

 Warm Red leans towards orange-red.
Pyrrol Crimson
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Basic Watercolor Palette// Pyrrol Crimson// Jane Blundell

Other Warm Reds:
Transparent pyrrol orange
Permanent red
Cadmium Red Scarlet
Naphthol Red

 Cool Blue has a green bias.
Cerulean Chromium
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Basic Watercolor Palette// Cerulean Chromium// Jane Blundell

Other cool blues:
Phthalo blue
Prussian Blue
 Manganese Blue

Warm Blue appear more purple.
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog // Basic Watercolor Palette// Ultramarine// Jane Blundell

Other warm blues:
French ultramarine
 Cobalt Blue

 Green comes in blue shades and yellow shades because that's how you make green! It is a rather neutral color and becomes warm or cool based on what you mix it with.
Phthlao Green
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//Basic Watercolor Palette//Phthalate Green // Jane Blundell

Other greens:
Sap Green
Hookers green

Earth Colors round put a palette and are colors you see in nature.
Burnt Sienna & Yellow Ochre

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Basic Watercolor Palette// Burnt Sienna// Jane Blundell

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Basic Watercolor Palette// Yellow Ochre// Jane Blundell

Other Earth Colors:
 Raw Sienna
 Indian Red
Raw Umber
Burnt Umber

Do you have a basic watercolor palette? What colors have you included?

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