Color Mixing with Liquid Watercolor

This put up is very long overdue! I know I have promised to video clip my coloration mixing with liquid watercolor for pretty some time. The truth of the matter is, mixing this medium is not as effortless as mixing tempera paints. It is significantly from an precise science. Part of that reason is that liquid watercolors are pretty concentrated so not only does a little go a long way, but they are all incredibly dark and search identical so it’s just more challenging to gauge the shade you are building. One more cause this has taken a although is that I really don’t usually mix a whole batch of new colours at after. I typically just fill in when required. But I eventually shot the movie and place it all alongside one another for you!

Color mixing with liquid watercolor paints and small jars.

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Tips on applying Liquid Watercolor

~ I get Blick mainly because I appreciate their coloration options, and their hues are pretty concentrated. They very last for a longer period in my look at. But truthfully any liquid watercolor works! Get the 8oz dimension.

~ Liquid watercolor bottles have a tendency to leak from the prime when using the spout, so I just just take off the top and pour when mixing colours.

~ You do not want to devote a great deal of cash on liquid watercolor. You can just invest in 7 standard colors to make each and every other shade: crimson, blue, yellow, environmentally friendly, purple, pink, black.

~ I retailer my liquid watercolor in a wide variety of jars. Some baby foodstuff jars, some hexagonal jars I bought here, and some jam jars. Just make certain the prime matches tightly. The colours need to final many months, relying on how usually you paint.

~ Have a cup of drinking water handy when mixing hues. Specifically with Blick, you will want to dilute depending on how deep or gentle you want your shade.

~ Make a swatch card on watercolor paper with the concluded shades. When it dries, minimize up compact items to tape to the lid and side of each and every colour. This aids you know what the color is inside.

~ When working with a wide range of shades at the moment for a undertaking, try and put a brush in each individual shade, relatively than going one brush from color to coloration, which can rapidly contaminate the colours. Liquid watercolor is much less forgiving than tempera in this way.

A hand painted color wheel.

Notes on the Colour Wheel

~ As I have discussed just before in my Shade Mixing with Tempera Paints submit, and my Mixing Pores and skin Tones submit, all shades are derived from the 3 primary colors: pink, yellow, and blue.

~ Secondary shades are the 3 hues that are made when mixing 2 primaries: orange (crimson + yellow), environmentally friendly (blue + yellow), and purple (blue + crimson).

~ Tertiary shades are when you mix 1 secondary with 1 most important. This is when it will get intriguing, and these are the hues are mix the most, like periwinkle (purple + blue), lime eco-friendly (environmentally friendly + yellow), and magenta (purple + red). Of course with tempera paint, you can use white (which I insert to every single colour I mix) to lighten the hue and make even extra shades. There is no white in liquid watercolor, so I use drinking water to lighten a color.

~ In this write-up and online video, I mostly use the ideas of complementary shades. Complementary colors are reverse each other on the color wheel: purple –> eco-friendly, purple –> yellow, orange –> blue. To mute a shade, just include a drop of its complementary color. This creates a significantly richer colour than just incorporating brown or black, and produces refined undertones and versions that are even a lot more clear with liquid watercolor.

Watch the Video clip!

I will acknowledge this video clip was not quick to make. My mixing approaches are so instinctual it can be really hard to describe. I also filmed it in Instagram mode, which is vertical, so justification the point that I maintain the bottles sideways. But I do consider it will be useful to see my process. I blended a few hues that I forgot to document, so scroll down to the base for notes on these. Also, I didn’t blend any greens but you can utilize the strategies I use here to mixing greens.

I’ve also penned my notes on each individual color down below, so preserve scrolling if you like to examine rather than watch!

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

Mixing Mauve

Like with any color, there are lots of techniques to combine mauve. It’s a light pinky/purple, so I commence with pink, add some water, then increase some blue/environmentally friendly. Why blue/eco-friendly and not just blue? With just blue, it would make lavender which is cooler than mauve. The green is an uncommon addition but my imagined is that I required to mute the purple and since purple is definitely just purple + blue and environmentally friendly is red’s complementary coloration, I went with the blue/environmentally friendly to consider it. It labored! It could have very easily not worked. With tempera I would have employed pink, purple, a contact of yellow, and white – so another way I could have blended this color with liquid watercolor is pink + purple + drop of yellow to mute the purple and h2o.

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

Mixing Maize

A single of my musts with liquid watercolor is to not use yellow straight out of the bottle (I sense the exact with tempera). I just can’s help often muting it a little. If you add a drop of purple (its complementary shade) then it will mute the yellow and make a mustard shade. To make maize, I also additional a drop of pink just to warm it up a tad. I also extra a small water.

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

Mixing Denim Blue

For some reason I expend 50 percent my time mixing blues and teals with liquid watercolor. I really do not know why I have so a lot of shades, but it’s possibly my obsession with the indigo shade, each in shibori and with solar prints. Here I wished to make a denim blue, which is a muted blue that is a tinge hotter. I commenced with blue/environmentally friendly, added some h2o, then included a drop of purple (green’s complementary color). This worked! Evidently I enjoy the blue/inexperienced colour straight from the bottle, too. This is just one of the handful of colors that I use without having mixing. Add inexperienced to make it extra teal, yellow to make it extra turquoise, and pink of study course to mute. If you include orange to the blue/inexperienced you commence having into the brown loved ones.There are soooo quite a few unique shades to make with this just one bottle of blue/eco-friendly.

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

Mixing Papaya

I really don’t love applying orange straight from the bottle. I enjoy a a lot more muted orange. Right here I am likely for a muted reddish orange, which I get in touch with papaya. I really do not have a bottle of orange due to the fact it is the easiest color to blend. I get started with purple, a small yellow, and some drinking water and then I check out my color. I like the vibrant hue but I want to mute it a little, so I insert a drop of blue/green and some additional h2o. I could just use blue to mute, which is orange’s complementary coloration, but environmentally friendly is red’s complementary shade so why not consider the blue/eco-friendly to mute and see what happens! All over again, there are so a lot of shades to make, and in the movie I do participate in all-around with it slightly as you can see in the adhering to swatches.

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

Mixing Eggplant

Purples are a different obsession of mine. I have several shades at all instances. Right here I want to make a muted purple which is pretty effortless to do with just purple and yellow (complementary hues). But liquid watercolor is it is possess beast and at times you just really don’t get what you assume you’ll get. In the movie you can see that mixing these two in the quantities that I did turned it charcoal. It was quite odd, but that’s what took place. I experimented with all over again and this time I included a drop of pink. It turns out the yellow is rather powerful, so I had to hold adding additional purple and pink to get the shade I desired.

Mixing blues, teals, and browns with liquid watercolor.

Far more Colors

I mixed these on a further day but forgot to choose a video clip. Browns are quite easy to make, just blend 3 primaries or 3 secondaries (which in theory is nevertheless just 3 primaries). Then tweak it my including much more crimson to make a reddish brown, or a lot more blue to make a cooler brown, and many others. Then include water to lighten the shades. The blues and teals I now described above, but I just desired to exhibit you some a lot more shades. I believe my fave shade of all is the teal on the bottom left. Just so superior.

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

Storing Liquid Watercolor

And and lastly, right here is a image of how I keep my jars. I maintain them in a closet. They retail store genuinely properly this way and are straightforward to get out and put away. The separated packing containers occur with the hexagonal jars if you get them, but you can also just minimize down a smallish box so that it functions like a deep tray.

One particular final tip…

Mixing liquid watercolor is all trial and error, but there is definitely no “bad” color. They are all lovely. But if you conclusion up with a large jar of one thing that just did not function out, really do not pour it out. Use is as a base to insert to other colors to mute them. or pour some of it in a new jar and maintain incorporating to get a new shade. My jars certainly final me pretty a though and I really don’t go as a result of as substantially as you may well consider.

Have fun mixing!!

xo Bar

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