Have you ever painted citrus fruit with watercolor? Join Regina as she tries it out for the first time with a Grapefruit! Color recipe & demo in the video with a little history on this special fruit.
Feeling a little sassy, we decided to give our own twist on labeling the parts of a grapefruit.
Citrus fruits make a a wonderful traditional gift across many cultures. Whether painting something for yourself or a loved one; Grapefruit will send an impactful message as it symbolically represents self-love, spirituality and restoration. In the short clip below you will learn how to transfer an image to watercolor paper using graphite transfer paper and a printed photo.
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To recreate our color Grapefruit, you will need 1 part Fuchsia and 1 part Poppy.
We are so excited for AMC's The Walking Dead series finale coming up that we just had to paint about it. A zombie apocalypse brings to mind subdued colors, deteriorating cities and overgrown roadways.
While TWD walkers (aka zombies) are not all about eating brains; we had fun using this classic trope for color inspiration. With our colors Ruby and Denim you can mix up a new color we call Zombie Brains.
Color inspiration can be found anywhere! For many years our household has enjoyed a variety of interpretations of this genre. Who hasn't seen or read the hilarious rewrite of a Jane Austin Novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Watched Shawn of the Dead? 28 Days Later? There may have been a little something called The Zombie Survival Guide floating around here for a while.
Zombie lore can be used to analyze difficult topics and create a ripe place for an inspection of society; how would people react to such extreme scenarios? We get to safely go on thought journeys and adventures without ever really being at risk of harm (zombie bites are the worst)!
To celebrate the upcoming series finale of AMC's The Walking Dead, we took a break to do something silly. The artistry in all of it's forms has come together to create a compelling character driven story that is a joy to analyze.
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Be sure to check out our palette with patent-approved glass mixing surface for the perfect place to store your paints!
Coral is a gorgeous warm pink color that will make your seascapes pop. If you want to paint your own polyps (alive or fossilized) but don't know where to start; look up pictures of coral online until you find a shape that inspires your creativity. You may find some great close up images of the variety of patterns coral creates and decide to make something abstract!
We found a great photo on Unsplash by Qui Nguyen to help bring some color to what may otherwise be a text heavy blog post. *You can find great images for free on Unsplash to use as references to practice.
Here is a little area of focus from the main picture we will use to help us play with color! Can you see the variation of soft pinks, yellows and oranges? If you have our Foundation Colors (or one of our palette sets that includes them i.e. Sampler Set or Plus Set) you can create a flexible mix that allows you to capture this color variety.
In the demo above; we focus on color mixing and painting loose wet on wet branches. You can use reference images of coral in any color and use our warm pink mix to make it pop on paper!
Coral Color Recipe
1 part Fuchsia : 1 part Poppy : 1 part Daffodil
If you have a pan of Coral, feel free to mix it with any of the colors in this recipe to shift the hue as needed. Our pigments are very saturated so you will need to add plenty of water to your mixing surface to achieve soft colors!
*(Not sponsored) Image source based on Regina's personal opinion. Please be sure to check licensing requirements as applicable when using images/artwork sourced online and be respectful of the creators.
Join us for a relaxing strawberry paint session where we will show you how to mix this warm red and figure out how we like to capture this fruit on paper.
As demonstrated in the video above, you can create our Strawberry color using 2 parts Rose : 1 part Poppy : 1 part Sunflower.
New to color mixing? We have you covered!
We use a limited color palette system of 11 colors to create 30 new hues called Convenience Mixes. Learning to mix color is a budget friendly option for dipping your toe into the pools of watercolor.
Intro Paint Kits are a great way to sample the quality of our watercolors if you don't mind using a porcelain or ceramic dish from you kitchen as a mixing surface.
If you want a set that can travel and are curious about our special (patent approved) glass mixing surface, then our Foundation Set is the way to go. This collection will help you get started and leave plenty of room inside the palette for you to grow your collection over time! We also offer open stock paints and complete watercolor sets for those that want to dive right into the deep end.
As a long-time fan of the Wizard of Oz, the color Ruby initially made me think of Dorothy's ruby red slippers. My first role in a musical sing-songed about the Wicked Witch. So while the final official watercoloring book illustration is being created for Ruby, I thought you would enjoy this little doodle inspired from Oz along with the recipe.
Free Ruby Slipper Doodle:
The challenge with this project is to layer a single color in a variety of ways to add dimension to this jazzed-up ruby slipper. Playing with a single color, know as monochromatic painting, is a fun exercise that will help you see all that your color can do.
Our colors are so concentrated that many pans look quite dark. Swatch-out the pans to see their color variety, by watering them down on paper. Below is an example of every color swatched-out on our Sampler Set.
Ruby is a tricky color to create from pans...
Those using the liquid color equivalents form can get this exact color drop-for-drop by mixing 48 parts Rose AKA Deep Rose Red, 24 parts Sunflower AKA Gamboge, and 1 part Blueprint AKA Ultramarine. (Hydrus ® Set 1 Color System by Dr. PH. Martin's ®)
An easier approach to mixing this color from a pan would be 2 parts Rose, 1 Part Sunflower and barely any Blueprint. (Gradually add in the blue until the red is nice & cool but not purple). When mixing on the palette, you are essentially seasoning to taste* like with salt & pepper. Too much Blueprint will make your color look Maroon. CHAOS BONUS TIP: Maroon can be quite nice when painting a mature pomegranate!
Back to Oz Slipper Doodle:
Creating a Ruby recipe that maintains it's vibrancy without turning brown or dull was a color experiment that took Regina's Watercolor several days to get just right. It felt like we were walking the yellow-mud-brick road. While you can use a black color, such as Coal to shade a red, we find that the color is more muted and tends toward brown the more black you add. One combination we tried looked like dried blood! That was a poor representative of the beautiful Ruby we desired.
We hope this recipe saves you some trouble when looking for a rich convenience red.
*While our paints are certified non-toxic, they are not intended to be used as food.
If you are new to transferring images to watercolor paper, the video below will help!
Wax Flower is a soft mixture of 1 part Fuchsia and 1 part Chocolate. This mix works perfectly when painting the stems and center of the blooms of this flower. Play around with adding a more Fuchsia to the mixture when painting the petals.
These blooms come in a variety of colors ranging from white, red, pink, purple and more! Wax flowers make a wonderful wedding addition to décor as it is symbolically associated with good luck, enduring love and prosperity. Whether you enjoy this bushy filler flower in a bouquet or want to create a meaningful painting for a very special day; wax flower brings a sweet charm that is sure to delight.
Free Coloring Pages
Budget Friendly Watercolor
You can get started with our color recipes (there are 30) using our 11 Foundation Colors. Why do we keep bringing these up in our recipe blogs?
ANSWER: With just 11 colors you can learn to mix anything! Learning to mix color helps if you are on a budget or trying out a limited color set before investing in the full collection. It is our desire to make artist quality watercolor approachable for everyone.
Let us know how your mixing goes.
While this juicy color is available ready-to-go as a Convenience Mix, you can create it yourself!
We want to make it easy for you to get a lot with just a little. From concentrated pans of paint that last an obnoxiously long time to color recipes and mixing lessons-we hope that you can become a color expert too.
If you are working with our 11 Foundation Colors, you can try any of our recipes. For more details about how to work with this limited palette collection, visit our Color Guide.
Berry is a mixture of 14 parts Rose (AKA Deep Red Rose) and 1 Part Coal (AKA Carbon Black). When working with pans of paint the mix ratio does not have to be exact (the recipe is just a guide). For this color, mix a saturated puddle of Rose on your mixing surface then add a very small amount of Coal. Keep adding tiny amounts of Coal to the mix until you achieve a pretty Berry color you can use to paint fruit sauce, smoothies, lips or something else makes you happy.
If you cannot wait for more recipe blog posts, check out our Mix it Mondays Playlist on YouTube:
If you are new to watercolor or venturing into the world of artistic expression for the first time in a while, “fun” may not be the word you use to describe the experience.
Here are a few things I've heard from other adults trying watercolor for the first time.
“I'm afraid to mess up the page..”
“Ugh, it looks awful...”
“I don't know what I'm doing...”
“This is stressing me out...”
While studies have shown how art therapy can calm anxiety, improve communication, help process trauma and many other wonderful things, doing something new can be scary.
In a supportive environment you can learn to overcome those nagging fears or thoughts of potential embarrassment, failure and rejection.
What if I am teaching myself?
When trying a new thing, are you creating a supportive environment for yourself? Our minds can be busy little things that bring all of the worst outcomes to mind. Our thoughts can stop us before we ever begin!
Let's use watercolor as our example of the new thing we want to try today. What initially brought you to watercolor? Maybe you saw a video with beautiful colors splashing all over the place and it made your heart sing. Perhaps a friend invited you to a watercolor class. Maybe you wanted a hobby to wind down after a long week at work and watercolor seemed like as good an option as any other. Whatever the reason, here you are. Take a deep breath and let it out.
Give yourself permission to try. There are all kinds of watercolor teachers online that offer free and paid lessons (YouTube is a great resource among many). You can search for "watercolor beginner" or type in a topic that you need more help with such as "How to paint wet on wet watercolor."
For me personally, I enjoyed starting with learning watercolor techniques from free videos online. From exploring how wet to make my brush, creating washes and other textures...I found myself really enjoying color charting the most.
If you are taking a class-be sure to ask the instructor questions and learn what you can while you are there. Doing a self-guided study? Start small, i.e. perhaps a realistic portrait makes a bad first project but a single leaf might be fun.
Below are videos exploring different artists and styles that may help spark your creativity.
Regina is watercolor enthusiast who started making palettes and paints in pursuit of a better painting experience. This blog is dedicated to sharing helpful tips, recipes and some behind the scenes creativity as we expand and grow our little handmade business.