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Art Lessons by Captain Watercolor

Artists call their available selection of paints, their "palette". Getting started with the correct palette is really important. As you use your paints you get into the habit of mixing them in particular ways. These habits become a part of your style. A part of you as an artist. If you start with the best possible selection, your choices will always be maximized.


There is no perfect palette, and what works for me may not work so well for someone else. Therefore what I am offering is a starting point. Hopefully you will also find it to be all you need.


I am going to discuss the sedimentary properties of colors, which is what makes watercolors look like watercolors, and what makes them so beautiful.


I will also discuss a palette for mixing any color at all.


Even if you are an experienced watercolorist, you will probably get some new ideas.

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Watercolor palette showing a warm and cool paint for each of the primary colors This is a map of the captains color
palette. See materials list below...

The map shows the location of each of the paints. The group on the left are the sedimentary colors. Those in the right are the non sedimentary colors. The palette is just a cut down ice cube tray.


...( sedimentary )

0 - Red

1 - Yellow

2 - Green

3 - Blue

...( non sed. )

4 - Cool Blue

5 - Warm Blue

6 - Warm Red

7 - Cool Red

8 - Warm Yellow

9 - Cool Yellow