Color Swatches in Watercolor

I recently painted some color swatches in watercolor inspired by a magazine I bought at Barnes and Noble. The magazine, Color Made Easy, (new issue) is filled with decorating ideas in different color themes. Most of the pages have swatches of the paint colors used on the walls. Its a fun magazine to look through, but it was the color swatches that caught my eye. I decided to go through the magazine page by page and try to mix my watercolors to match the paint swatches and make my own color cards. I think you could do this project with any decorating magazine. Even if they don’t show color swatches you could mix the colors used in the room decor.BHG Color Made Easy Magazine used to paint color swatches in watercolor-myflowerjournal.comColor Made Easy Magazine used to paint color swatches in watercolor-myflowerjournal.comI cut 140 lb. watercolor into 3×5 cards to paint the color swatches on. On the back of each card I wrote the paint colors I mixed to create each color sample. It was a fun way to practice mixing colors and a good way for me to find new color combinations to use in my art. I also learned that I have a good selection of watercolor paints that I can use to mix a variety of colors.

*****January 2016 update: After taking a watercolor class on Craftsy I now use the Daniel Smith Essentials Set (a limited palette) plus a few favorite colors for most of my watercolor projects. In this class we did similar exercises to learn lots of ways to mix these basic colors. I encourage yout to take this class or make color charts or swatches with your paints. Its a great way to improve your paintings.I like to use the Daniel Smith Watercolor Essential Set-myflowerjournal

Other Supplies: Watercolor Paperwatercolor brush or waterbrushblack penMy color swatches in watercolor with color recipes on back-myflowerjournal.comAfter I finished my color cards I used a few to create some simple watercolor paintings. (I still chose some of my favorite color combinations. Next time I need to choose some color combos out of my comfort zone.)Wildflowers in Watercolor painted from color swatches-myflowerjournalHow to paint a watercolor wreath with roses using color swatches.-myflowerjournal

This tutorial shows how I paint my watercolor wreaths.

Purple Cone Flower painted in watercolor with some negative painting-myflowerjournal.com

Color Swatches in Watercolor-Purple Cone Flower-myflowerjournal.comTried a little more negative painting in this 5×7 watercolor of purple cone flowers.

If you are new to watercolor painting or want to take a great watercolor check out this one on Craftsy. If this class had been available years ago I could have saved a lot of money on paint. I now use the Daniel Smith Essentials Set (a limited palette) plus a few favorite colors for most of my watercolor projects.Luminous Watercolor Mixing Class on Craftsy

I will be sharing my Color Swatches in Watercolor on:  Tweak It Tuesday, Inspire Me Tuesday, The ScoopWow Us Wednesday, Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits, Whatever Goes Wednesday, Transformation Thursday, Inspiration Gallery, Feathered Nest Friday, Be Inspired FridayShow and Tell Friday, Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day

 

17 Responses to Color Swatches in Watercolor

  1. you always inspire me with your beautiful and unique watercolor flowers Tammy-I may just have to try painting some for Thanksgiving cards :)

  2. Tammy, you have such talent. I really want to try doing some of this. I use to teach Tole Painting but haven’t worked that much with water colors. I bought a cute book from Hobby Lobby to do a garden journal. Thought it would be a fun winter project. Will try some. Thanks for sharing your wreath tutorial!
    hugs,
    Jann

  3. Your post is very beautiful!

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