Watercolors
The Basics of Color Blending
Now, your paint might look like this.
5 colors per “set”—please share.
From what you know about watercolors, how do you th...
If your paint set looks like this = GOOD
It means somebody knew how to mix colors.
In REAL LIFE, colors get DIRTY…so shoul...
You’ve used brushes like this.
Problems?
• Loose their bristles.
• Permanently “bent.”

•

Won’t come to a fine point.
A watercolor brush should look like this.
• How should a good brush pick up paint?
• How should a good brush apply paint t...
Get the paint wet.
Let it soften for a bit.
If it’s dirty, then dab it clean with tissue
Re-wet as needed to keep it soft ...
Can be combined to mix all the other
colors—so if your short on cash when buying
paint, be sure to get these three.
2. Oth...
Shades of pigments vary
based on chemical make up.
Sometimes warmer, sometimes cooler.
Painting the full spectrum:
Transitional Color Blends = Wash
The effect is achieved by applying paint to wet paper:
WET ON...
Look at the color wheel.
•
•
•
•

Which Colors are in a TRIANGULAR relationship?
How is the full spectrum triangle here di...
What’s a Triangle got to do with it?
Establishes color relationships.
Gives you room to mix secondary colors.
•

•
1.

Mixed from TWO primary colors.

2.

The compliment is one of the primaries.

3.

Mixing the compliments darkens the co...
1. Wet the paper.
2. Load your brush
with Yellow.
• How do you get the most

paint on the brush.
 Keep the paint moist.
...
Does yellow have
to come first?
•
•

No.
We start with yellow to keep it
from being overpowered.

Paint yellow ½
way down
...
More pigment,
less water =
INTENSE
color!
Water is needed to pick up the
paint---but can dilute it.
Solutions?
•

BLOT the...
Load your
brush with red.
• Blend ORANGE where

red meets yellow
• Rinse
• BLOT
• Repeat
Load your
brush with
blue.
Blend GREEN where blue
meets yellow.
• Blend VIOLET where blue
meets red
• Rinse
• BLOT
• Repea...
Using the Radial or Free Form Design
made with Sharpie, make a full
spectrum blend.
The Sharpie design will still show up ...
Wet the page.
Wash only works when
paper is wet.

Start with yellow.
Then load
brush with red.
• Blend ORANGE where

red meets yellow
• Rinse
• BLOT
• Repeat
Then load
brush with blue.
• Blend Green where blue meets yellow.
• Blend Violet where blue meets red.
• Rinse
• BLOT
• Re...
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  1. 1. Watercolors The Basics of Color Blending
  2. 2. Now, your paint might look like this. 5 colors per “set”—please share. From what you know about watercolors, how do you think these little paint pans will look as we use them? • •
  3. 3. If your paint set looks like this = GOOD It means somebody knew how to mix colors. In REAL LIFE, colors get DIRTY…so should your palette.
  4. 4. You’ve used brushes like this. Problems? • Loose their bristles. • Permanently “bent.” • Won’t come to a fine point.
  5. 5. A watercolor brush should look like this. • How should a good brush pick up paint? • How should a good brush apply paint to the page?
  6. 6. Get the paint wet. Let it soften for a bit. If it’s dirty, then dab it clean with tissue Re-wet as needed to keep it soft and ready for use.
  7. 7. Can be combined to mix all the other colors—so if your short on cash when buying paint, be sure to get these three. 2. Other colors can’t be combined to make the primaries. 1.
  8. 8. Shades of pigments vary based on chemical make up. Sometimes warmer, sometimes cooler.
  9. 9. Painting the full spectrum: Transitional Color Blends = Wash The effect is achieved by applying paint to wet paper: WET ON WET
  10. 10. Look at the color wheel. • • • • Which Colors are in a TRIANGULAR relationship? How is the full spectrum triangle here different than the color wheel? What colors are missing from your palette? What will you have to do to get the full spectrum?
  11. 11. What’s a Triangle got to do with it? Establishes color relationships. Gives you room to mix secondary colors. • •
  12. 12. 1. Mixed from TWO primary colors. 2. The compliment is one of the primaries. 3. Mixing the compliments darkens the color— or makes neutral grey
  13. 13. 1. Wet the paper. 2. Load your brush with Yellow. • How do you get the most paint on the brush.  Keep the paint moist.  Roll—don’t scrub.
  14. 14. Does yellow have to come first? • • No. We start with yellow to keep it from being overpowered. Paint yellow ½ way down • How do you keep the color intense? • How do you keep the whole page wet?
  15. 15. More pigment, less water = INTENSE color! Water is needed to pick up the paint---but can dilute it. Solutions? • BLOT the brush.
  16. 16. Load your brush with red. • Blend ORANGE where red meets yellow • Rinse • BLOT • Repeat
  17. 17. Load your brush with blue. Blend GREEN where blue meets yellow. • Blend VIOLET where blue meets red • Rinse • BLOT • Repeat •
  18. 18. Using the Radial or Free Form Design made with Sharpie, make a full spectrum blend. The Sharpie design will still show up because watercolor paints transparent. So you use the same technique we practiced.
  19. 19. Wet the page. Wash only works when paper is wet. Start with yellow.
  20. 20. Then load brush with red. • Blend ORANGE where red meets yellow • Rinse • BLOT • Repeat
  21. 21. Then load brush with blue. • Blend Green where blue meets yellow. • Blend Violet where blue meets red. • Rinse • BLOT • Repeat
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