Learn To Mix Color
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Watercolor Beginner Friendly
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Valentine Coloring Pages
Watercolor plus a sweet treat can be a ton of fun! Try painting a pretty bouquet or indulgent chocolates to capture the memory from this lovey day.
This year we experimented with baking a gluten-free cake for the hubby (new allergies are so fun) and turned it into a watercolor project. You can transfer the line art to watercolor paper with graphite or trace the images with a lightbox (bright windows work well too).
Bleed Proof White can be a great way to add a highlight or in this case create bright sprinkles. You can see areas where we painted around the sprinkles but the gray lines show up a bit. It's easiest to just paint that whole heart and pop white on top! You can mix any of the watercolors with this ink paste for pastels that paint on top of colors similar to a gouache.
Iridescent color or medium can be a great way to turn any color into glitter paint. To protect your palette of colors from becoming a glittery mess, we suggest mixing glitter with paint on a separate dish and having a a specific glitter rinse jar. No double dipping! Here is a short video demo of how we mixed in our color "Lead" to get a nice platinum band on the plate of the cake illustration:
Horchata Color Recipe #35
Learn to mix this cinnamon inspired brown color and see what happens when watered down! We often see watercolor beginners painting super rich concentrated colors all over the place (and have also been guilty a time or two). Horchata has a lot of range when we remember that watercolor is painting with tinted water...don't goop it on like acrylic paint! Here is the paint mixing recipe you can try:
Vintage Rose Color Recipe #36
This gorgeous soft purple color feels aged and graceful....reminds us of fancy flappers, pearls and costume jewelry! Start with vivid watercolors for more color flexibility. You can mix the bright colors together in a variety of ways to achieve natural hues and have it all with very few paints. If you start with muted colors, you can make them lighter with water but there is no way to achieve the brightest colors with them and thus you are limited.
Example: red watercolor paints will never turn hot pink no matter how much water or white you add. Hot pink watercolor paints can be mixed into a variety of reds when mixed with other colors.
Vintage rose is mixed from the brightest "red" and "blue" to create a beautiful new color:
Ruby Color Recipe #40
Creating a Ruby recipe that maintains it's vibrancy without turning brown or dull was a color experiment that took Regina 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:
Strawberry Color Recipe #39
Who doesn't enjoy painting (and eating) strawberries?! Ok, maybe there are some who don't like to eat them but painting them can still be a fun watercolor exercise. Join us for a relaxing strawberry paint session where we will show you how to mix this warm red:
Coral Color Recipe #38
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! Coral is a fun color to mix up and play with:
Grapefruit Color Recipe #37
Citrus fruits make a a wonderful traditional gift across many cultures and creating a painting is a sweet take on that idea that you can try! Whether creating something for yourself or a loved one; Grapefruit will send an impactful message as it can symbolically represent self-love, spirituality and restoration. Have fun painting with this pretty pink captured in our juicy Grapefruit color recipe:
Wax Flower Color Recipe #41
This pinkish brown color is perfect for painting watercolor flowers, botanicals and so much more! Wax flowers also known as Chamelaucium comes in a variety of colors (white, yellow, pink, purple etc.). Regardless of the petal color, the waxy centers and buds form the pretty color captured in our wax flower color recipe:
Regina is a 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.