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!
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.