Colour Mixing with Liquid Watercolor


This submit is lengthy overdue! I do know I’ve promised to video my coloration mixing with liquid watercolor for fairly a while. The reality is, mixing this medium will not be as straightforward as mixing tempera paints. It’s removed from an actual science. A part of that purpose is that liquid watercolors are very concentrated so not solely does a little bit go a good distance, however they’re all very darkish and look comparable so it’s simply more durable to gauge the colour you make. Another excuse this has taken some time is that I don’t often combine an entire batch of latest colours without delay. I often simply fill in when wanted. However I lastly shot the video and put all of it collectively for you!

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Tips about utilizing Liquid Watercolor

~ I purchase Blick as a result of I really like their coloration selections, and their colours are very concentrated. They last more for my part. However actually any liquid watercolor works! Get the 8oz dimension.

~ Liquid watercolor bottles are likely to leak from the highest when utilizing the spout, so I simply take off the highest and pour when mixing colours.

~ You don’t have to spend some huge cash on liquid watercolor. You’ll be able to simply purchase 7 fundamental colours to make each different coloration: purple, blue, yellow, inexperienced, purple, pink, black.

~ I retailer my liquid watercolor in a wide range of jars. Some child meals jars, some hexagonal jars I purchased here, and a few jam jars. Simply make certain the highest suits tightly. The colours ought to final many months, relying on how usually you paint.

~ Have a cup of water helpful when mixing colours. Particularly with Blick, it would be best to dilute relying on how deep or mild you need your coloration.

~ Make a swatch card on watercolor paper with the completed colours. When it dries, reduce up small items to tape to the lid and aspect of every coloration. This helps you realize what the colour is inside.

~ When utilizing a wide range of colours without delay for a undertaking, attempt to put a brush in every coloration, reasonably than shifting one brush from coloration to paint, which might rapidly contaminate the colours. Liquid watercolor is much less forgiving than tempera on this approach.

A hand painted color wheel.

Notes on the Colour Wheel

~ As I’ve defined earlier than in my Color Mixing with Tempera Paints submit, and my Mixing Skin Tones submit, all colours are derived from the three major colours: purple, yellow, and blue.

~ Secondary colours are the three colours which might be made when mixing 2 primaries: orange (purple + yellow), inexperienced (blue + yellow), and purple (blue + purple).

~ Tertiary colours are whenever you combine 1 secondary with 1 major. That is when it will get attention-grabbing, and these are the colours are combine probably the most, like periwinkle (purple + blue), lime inexperienced (inexperienced + yellow), and magenta (purple + purple). After all with tempera paint, you need to use white (which I add to each coloration I combine) to lighten the hue and make much more shades. There isn’t any white in liquid watercolor, so I take advantage of water to lighten a coloration.

~ On this submit and video, I largely use the ideas of complementary colours. Complementary colours are reverse one another on the colour wheel: purple –> inexperienced, purple –> yellow, orange –> blue. To mute a coloration, simply add a drop of its complementary coloration. This creates a a lot richer coloration than simply including brown or black, and creates delicate undertones and variations which might be much more obvious with liquid watercolor.

Watch the Video!

I’ll admit this video was not straightforward to make. My mixing methods are so instinctual it may be arduous to explain. I additionally filmed it in Instagram mode, which is vertical, so excuse the truth that I maintain the bottles sideways. However I do suppose it will likely be useful to see my course of. I blended a number of colours that I forgot to document, so scroll right down to the underside for notes on these. Additionally, I didn’t combine any greens however you may apply the methods I take advantage of right here to mixing greens.

I’ve additionally written my notes on every coloration under, so hold scrolling if you happen to choose to learn reasonably than watch!

Mixing the color mauve with liquid watercolor and small glass jars.

Mixing Mauve

Like with any coloration, there are lots of methods to combine mauve. It’s a lightweight pinky/purple, so I begin with pink, add some water, then add some blue/inexperienced. Why blue/inexperienced and never simply blue? With simply blue, it might make lavender which is cooler than mauve. The inexperienced is an uncommon addition however my thought is that I wished to mute the purple and since purple is basically simply purple + blue and inexperienced is purple’s complementary coloration, I went with the blue/inexperienced to attempt it. It labored! It might have simply not labored. With tempera I might have used pink, purple, a contact of yellow, and white – so one other approach I might have blended this coloration with liquid watercolor is pink + purple + drop of yellow to mute the purple and water.

Mixing the yellow color maize with liquid watercolor and small glass jars.

Mixing Maize

One in all my musts with liquid watercolor is to not use yellow straight out of the bottle (I really feel the identical with tempera). I simply can’s assist at all times muting it barely. In the event you add a drop of purple (its complementary coloration) then it is going to mute the yellow and make a mustard coloration. To make maize, I additionally added a drop of pink simply to heat it up a tad. I additionally added a little bit water.

Mixing a denim blue color with liquid watercolor and small glass jars.

Mixing Denim Blue

For some purpose I spend half my time mixing blues and teals with liquid watercolor. I don’t know why I’ve so many shades, however it’s in all probability my obsession with the indigo coloration, each in shibori and with solar prints. Right here I wished to make a denim blue, which is a muted blue that could be a tinge hotter. I began with blue/inexperienced, added some water, then added a drop of purple (inexperienced’s complementary coloration). This labored! Clearly I really like the blue/inexperienced coloration straight from the bottle, too. This is without doubt one of the few colours that I take advantage of with out mixing. Add inexperienced to make it extra teal, yellow to make it extra turquoise, and purple after all to mute. In the event you add orange to the blue/inexperienced you begin stepping into the brown household.There are soooo many various shades to make with this one bottle of blue/inexperienced.

Mixing a papaya orange color with liquid watercolor and small glass jars.

Mixing Papaya

I don’t love utilizing orange straight from the bottle. I really like a extra muted orange. Right here I’m going for a muted reddish orange, which I name papaya. I don’t have a bottle of orange as a result of it’s the best coloration to combine. I begin with purple, a little bit yellow, and a few water after which I check out my coloration. I like the intense hue however I need to mute it barely, so I add a drop of blue/inexperienced and a few extra water. I might simply use blue to mute, which is orange’s complementary coloration, however inexperienced is purple’s complementary coloration so why not attempt the blue/inexperienced to mute and see what occurs! Once more, there are such a lot of shades to make, and within the video I do mess around with it barely as you may see within the following swatches.

Mixing an eggplant purple color with liquid watercolor and small glass jars.

Mixing Eggplant

Purples are one other obsession of mine. I’ve many shades always. Right here I need to make a muted purple which is pretty straightforward to do with simply purple and yellow (complementary colours). However liquid watercolor is it’s personal beast and typically you simply don’t get what you suppose you’ll get. Within the video you may see that mixing these two within the quantities that I did turned it charcoal. It was very odd, however that’s what occurred. I attempted once more and this time I added a drop of pink. It seems the yellow is sort of sturdy, so I needed to hold including extra purple and pink to get the shade I wished.

Mixing blues, teals, and browns with liquid watercolor.

Extra Colours

I blended these on one other day however forgot to take a video. Browns are fairly straightforward to make, simply combine 3 primaries or 3 secondaries (which in principle continues to be simply 3 primaries). Then tweak it my including extra purple to make a reddish brown, or extra blue to make a cooler brown, and many others. Then add water to lighten the shades. The blues and teals I already defined above, however I simply wished to point out you some extra shades. I believe my fave shade of all is the teal on the underside left. Simply so good.

Jars of hand-mixed liquid watercolor in a cardboard storage box.

Storing Liquid Watercolor

And lastly, right here is a photograph of how I retailer my jars. I hold them in a closet. They retailer very well this manner and are straightforward to take out and put away. The separated packing containers include the hexagonal jars if you happen to get them organized, however you can too simply reduce down a smallish field in order that it acts like a deep tray.

One final tip…

Mixing liquid watercolor is all trial and error, however there may be really no “unhealthy” coloration. They’re all lovely. But when you find yourself with a giant jar of one thing that simply didn’t work out, don’t pour it out. Use is as a base so as to add to different colours to mute them. or pour a few of it in a brand new jar and hold including to get a brand new shade. My jars really final me fairly some time and I don’t undergo as a lot as you may suppose.

Have enjoyable mixing!!

xo Bar

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Our names are Fareedah and Kamilah Amoo. We are seven and five year’s old sisters and live in Ontario, Canada, with our parents and little brother, Awad. We love writing stories, painting on canva, coding, reading books, and enjoying arts and crafts. Our goal is to motivate every child worldwide to read more books.

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