Palette Detective: Watercolor Mixes for "Chinese Lanterns" Botanical

Learn from looking at an artist's palette rather than asking for the paint supply list. | VanillaArts.com

Students frequently ask me what paints I used on a particular project

I understand. You like the finished look and you want to duplicate my results.

But here's the thing: you can be using the same exact paint colors, same brand, same line, same color, same everything and you still won't be able to completely recreate what I've done.

It's not the paints or colors you use, its the colors you mix from them | VanillaArts.com

That's because a shopping list of paint colors isn't enough.

The magic is in the mix.

It's not the colors you use, it's how you use them.

This is why I'll be posting palette shots for each of my watercolor classes.

I've given you the supply list but that doesn't tell you what colors I've created from the paints.

Palette shots are a peek into the process. Once you know I've used Pyrrol Scarlet and Hansa Medium to make a coral color, you can then find it on my palette and see the different versions of coral I've mixed.

Here's "Chinese Lanterns", the project for tonight's watercolor class:

"Chinese Lanterns" a beginner watercolor project for Copic students looking to translate their coloring skills to watercolor paints. | VanillaArts.com
Palette Detective: looking at an artist's palette at the end of a project to see what colors they used is more important than holding a supply list. | VanillaArts.com

And here's my palette:

This was clean when I started and the photo was taken right after I'd finished the last little bits of touch up work.

 

Now, be a palette detective-

Coral colors mixed from Daniel Smith's Pyrrol Scarlet and Hansa Yellow Light.

Coral colors mixed from Daniel Smith's Pyrrol Scarlet and Hansa Yellow Light.

Green colors mixed from Old Holland Sap Green Lake Extra, DS Hansa Yellow Light, and M.Graham Prussian Blue.

Green colors mixed from Old Holland Sap Green Lake Extra, DS Hansa Yellow Light, and M.Graham Prussian Blue.

Violet mixture of DS Carbazole Violet and Winsor Newton Cerulean Blue (not recommended)

Violet mixture of DS Carbazole Violet and Winsor Newton Cerulean Blue (not recommended)

I'm looking forward to tonight's class

Especially to see what color mixes you can make from the same paints!

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