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 …»

Buying Watercolor Brushes

Round Watercolor Brushes hold lots of paint and bounce back to a point

What to look for when buying round watercolor brushes If you are thinking of buying some new watercolor brushes what should you be looking for and how much should you spend? In the past the answer to this question would have been quite simple, “The most expensive brushes you could afford”, usually this meant one Continue Reading …»

When a watercolor painting is not fixable

Red Waratah flower watercolor painting

When a watercolor painting just can’t be salvaged Well this does happen and not just to beginners, experts also create work that just doesn’t come together.  In fact I believe you have to be prepared to make such paintings from time to time if you want your art to progress. You have to be prepared Continue Reading …»

Muddy watercolor paintings and problems with design

Red Waratahs with green background watercolor painting

Small area of muddy watercolor If your watercolor painting is largely made up of clean watercolor washes but maybe 5% is overworked and muddy looking I often just let it go as it will not alter the overall look of your painting. This is not a hard and fast rule however.  Sometimes a little muddy Continue Reading …»