Tag Archives: Color mixing

How to mix greens using watercolors

Watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright, titled North Richmond Farmland.

One of the questions I am most frequently asked by my students has to do with how to mix greens. No other color generates as much confusion regarding how it is mixed. Green is produced when you mix blue with yellow. However, as most blue and yellow pigments are not pure colors i.e. they contain Continue Reading …

Earth watercolors and color mixing

French Ultramarine mixed with Burnt Sienna gives a strong dark color

Using Earth Watercolors The earth watercolors are already a mix of the three primary colors, however each leans a little towards one primary or secondary color. For instance, Burnt Sienna has a strong orange leaning, Raw Umber has a slight greenish tinge, Raw Sienna is a yellowish brown with a slight greenish tinge, while Yellow Continue Reading …

The watercolor color mixing formula

Cerulean Blue mixed with Aureolin results in a bright green color

Color mixing We can create a very simple formula from what was covered in the previous segment on color mixing, that will tell us whether we will end up with a dull (tertiary – three primary colors) or more pure color (secondary – two primary colors) from the mixture of two pigments. If we mix Continue Reading …

Color mixing formula, how to mix bright versus dull watercolor colors

Mixing a Blue, Red and Yellow will give you a dull grey to black color depending on proportions of each color mixed

Color mixing formula All too often students find themselves wondering where a particular color has come from. They set out to create a bright green with a blue and yellow watercolors but they do not quite get the color mixture they were after. Instead of a bright green they end up with one which is Continue Reading …