I saw a wonderful color chart posted by a member from Everyday Matters Yahoo Group. I kept looking at it wondering why it never occured to me to make one for myself. What a great idea, especially for someone just starting out with color mixing.
So I spent most of my Sunday afternoon creating a 1″ grid on a piece of Fabriano Watercolor paper (18×18 inches) and then pulling out my Rembrant pan watercolor pocket box. (These are the watercolors that I took on vacation with me in my attempt to simplify the art supplies that I “need”). What I discovered is that you really can make every color you need by mixing – the key is to mix the right colors so you don’t paint mud everywhere. (I know some of your are rolling your eyes saying “Duh!”, but keep in mind that I am a self taught artist without any formal training – I work on instinct and sometimes it is wrong!) The Rembrant set has 12 colors and then I added Chinese White for the pastels as the last line on the chart.
Isn’t it lovely? Just look at all of those possibilities! I will hang this in my studio above my work table to remind me of the simplicity of color mixing. I am going to make a smaller version that I can carry with me as I travel.
Keep it simple!!!!