Watercolor Painting Process – Part 4
I APOLOGIZE FOR PICTURES HERE THAT ARE A TAD BLURRY. I SET UP MY CAMERA TO DO THE SHOTS WITH THE SELF-TIMER, BUT ALAS, I HAVE MUCH TO LEARN ABOUT THAT ASPECT OF PHOTOGRAPHY!!! 😉
In this next part I just wanted to tell you that it seems like there are a million colors to choose from for anything you want to paint. What I love about painting is the adventure of PLAYING WITH COLOR!!! You can vary color range by adding water a little at a time to lighten a paint color more and more. Obviously, you can change a color by adding another color to it also. If you want to learn about color mixing, there are many books available on the subject, or you can probably google “watercolor paint color mixing” or something to that effect and find all sorts of places that will help you in the process of mixing colors. One of my favorite books that I referred to a great deal in the beginning of my early painting days is called
“How To Mix and Use Color-The Artist’s Guide to Achieving the Perfect Color in Every Medium” by Tony Paul.
If you eventually really get into painting in any medium, however, one of the best books I have that goes into more depth about color is one called simply, “Color-A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors” by Betty Edwards who is also the author of “The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.”
Fpr beginners, though, I would just google watercolor paint color mixing for now to save you some expense until you decide whether you really want to pursue painting.
Here are my pictures using the color Winsor Blue (Red Shade) to start experimenting with getting the color I wanted for my sky. I have a metal pan I use for my paint mixing. It does not have separate wells although I have used that type in the past. Through the years I have learned that the plastic mixing trays get stained especially with colors that tend to have more staining pigments in them. The metal pan washes out completely clean every time. I have found it to be a good investment. I just place my colors about an inch apart in the pan and pull a little of each out to mix them. I have flat mixing instruments I sometimes use, but mostly I just use my brush to mix paint. You can even use a butter knife.
Also, remember that the more water you add to a color or a mix of colors, the lighter the color will be.
After I mix my colors, I test them on a piece of scratch paper. I usually have pieces of the same kind of paper I am painting on so the surface will be the same. It’s amazing how different paint comes out looking on different types of paper! But I also use the cheaper watercolor paper for scraps.
STEP 1 – SQUEEZE THE PAINT OUT INTO THE PAN
STEP 2 – ADD A LITTLE WATER TO THE COLOR AND MIX
NOTE: I have a little plastic container I use for my water. You can use anything that holds water, a bowl, a glass, anything! This is just a little container I started with 15 years ago that has stuck with me. Also, remember to change your water after working for a little while, especially if you are using colors that have more staining pigments, such as this blue I was using.
STEP 3 – PAINT A STRIP ONTO SCRATCH PAPER BEFORE PUTTING IT ONTO MY ACTUAL PAINTING
HERE, I PAINTED SOME RAW UMBER OVER SOME HOOKER’S LIGHT GREEN HUE TO GET A DIFFERENT SHADE FOR SOME OF THE LANDSCAPING IN MY PAINTING, AND FOR PARTS OF MY SEA TURTLE.
Layering colors is another way of experiementing with mixing.
HAVE FUN PLAYING WITH PAINT COLORS! PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU TRY ANYTHING I’VE SHOWN YOU HERE.
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY, AND GIVE SOMEONE YOU LOVE A BIG HUG!! 🙂
© Patsy H. Parker
Posted on September 3, 2014, in Art Talk and tagged watercolor painting, watercolor painting process - part 1, watercolor painting process - part 2, watercolor painting process - part 3, watercolor painting process - part 4, watercolor painting process - part 5. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
This is a wonderful instructional series, Patsy. As I’ve said before, you obviously have a lot of patience. I just want to open a can of paint and go! 🙂