Let me ask you this…
If I picked a color on your palette could you answer these questions?
- Do you know the name of that color?
- How strong is it?
- Does it move easily in water?
- Is it bossy or wimpy in mixes?
- Will it create bright and clean colors in mixes?
- Does using it in a mix create more neutralized color?
- What colors on your palette will neutralize that color?
- Does it cover other colors (opaque) or is it transparent?
If you’re not sure you could answer these questions about every color on your palette, it’s time to make a change! It’s time to use a Color Wheel!
“The only way to learn about your colors is to use them”.
My suggestion? Use a limited palette for a while.
Limited palette is a term that means creating color mixes from a limited number of pigments. There are so many advantages to this approach!
- When colors have similar foundations, the paintings that result will always have a sense of holding together with harmony throughout.
- Limiting your palette teaches you how these colors mix and perform.
- AND, the colors are not as limited as you might think.
You might be saying, “But I LOVE COLOR!”
I do too! But keep this in mind…
So…here’s my idea (finally!)
- Pick a triad of a red/yellow/blue on your palette
- Download the Color Wheel Template provided below (you can always find it under resources on my website as well!) or create your own!
- create a color wheels like the ones pictured here.
- Be sure to use the good watercolor paper you normally use. (The reason being, you want to see how your paint behaves under normal conditions.
- Try to create a gradation of value within each wedge of the pie shape.
Try 3 colors from my BASIC 6 (click to order from Amazon)
Use these colors or try using your own!
- Reds: Permanent Rose & Scarlet Lake
- Yellows: Winsor Yellow & Raw Sienna
- Blues: French Ultramarine Blue & Manganese Blue
These color wheels force you to explore the possibilities a triad of colors can achieve. They also give you a chance to practice (something we never can do enough).
I hope this helps you! Happy Painting…
With love and light,