Color chart mixing tip!

Hi guys!

Just thought to hop in to give a little tip on a thing I’ve been following these days. I’ve been really trying to master the art of watercoloring these days. A few days ago I took an intermediate online card class about which I wrote a post previously. Nowadays I am doing a #paintalongwithsandy in which basically Sandy Allnock who is an amazing fine artist is doing different landscape videos daily and providing sketches for the watercoloring she is doing so that we can follow along.

So her first exercise was to make a color chart with 6 colors that are basically the cool and warm versions of red, blue and green. The paints that she recommended and everything you can get from her blog post. But the color chart that results with these colors was the most difficult thing in my opinion so I thought about a “technical” and sort of worry proof way to do it and that is the tip I wanted to share with you guys today.

So in her blog post she shows how to mix these colors in to get a wide variety of new colors so that you don’t have to invest in a lot of colors to begin with which was pretty cool. The way she mixes is to take more part of one color and lesser of other to make a new one. Well for me that wasn’t working since sometimes it would either result in a stronger or poorer color since I am not really an expert in color mixing. 

Therefore what I did was develop a system to give me consistent results every time I try to get that exact color (I am ocd like that) I took a white laminated card stock. Then I dipped my number 6 round brush in the color and put 2 petal type strokes of that color on the laminated sheet of the same size approximately. Then I took the other color and put one petal like stroke of that color with those 2 colors and mixed them which resulted in the new color. Hope you can get an idea from the pictures since I don’t know if I am explaining it correctly or not. After I was done with the chart I also put the name and proportion of each color mixed on top of the new color for easy and quick reference for next time I want to make that color.

Step one: make a 7 by 7 grid. I used 0.25 inch washi tape instead of masking fluid to get clean straight lines. I also added some crosses to mark the areas where same colors will overlap so that I can leave them blank instead of painting 2 coats of the same color.


Step 2:  After marking both grids with colors I mixed them according to 1:2 or 2:1 ratio with the dominant color being on the top of the grid vertically and the other color in lesser quantity i.e one stroke being the horizontal color across the grid


Step 3:Then after mixing and making the color chart I added the ratios on top of each color formed after removing the washi tape and adding black line with a sharpie fine point. I wrote them in pencil in case I mess up the labelling.


Hope you find it helpful. Do let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the steps and I’ll try my best to help you out 🙂

Happy painting!

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