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Painting: getting to know your watercolour pallet

Learning how to make the right colour for your project will make all the difference to your work and learning what colour make what colours when mixed together is key to making the most of a simple limited pallet which will help tie your painting together.

For these apples chose a variety of yellows, a red and a blue and a dot of black to help tone down colours when necessary, this project uses:

  • Cadmium Yellow Hue
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium Orange Hue
  • Scarlet Lake
  • ultramarine
  • and a little Ivory Black

Start by creating a tester sheet start by simply mixing the pure colours. Because we are trying for apple colours use the second line uses the colours on the first line mixed with the Scarlet Lake at 50/50 and below the same again with the first colour at 70% and second colour at 30%. Whilst the colours are pretty similar in the yellows there are subtle differences.


As you can see to help keep track of the mixes I have numbered the swatches and noted the mixes. This makes it easier to identify which colours you need to mix where on your image.

Here are some examples of the project made by participants in the class. It is interesting, but not surprising really, to see how the individual artists work differently, and of course their mixes are very individual. The difference is reflected in the final outcomes. This definitely shows how you can personalise your work in line with your own preferences.

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