Create your own Color Wheel with Watercolor

Andrea Merican, Arizona Artist

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8 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Intro to Color Wheel

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Drawing and Layout

    • 4. Painting Primary Colors

    • 5. Secondary Colors

    • 6. Intermediate Colors

    • 7. Complementary Colors

    • 8. Finale


Project Description

Create your own Color Wheel with Watercolor

Expand your understanding and use of color in your artwork by creating your own color wheel with watercolors. You will learn to combine your own colors to create greater variety and interest in your work. You will also gain more knowledge about color theory and how it can add a new dimension to your paintings.


Watercolor Paper- a quality sheet of watercolor paper (Arches 140lb cold press). Do not buy a block or book of watercolor paper. You will not get the same results.

Watercolor Paints- in at least 3 colors (cadmium red, cadmium yellow, ultra marine blue) or more colors if you have them.

Watercolor Brushes- if you choose only one, do a round (size 6 or 8). Here is a link to a set.

Paint Palette

Mini Spray Bottle

Container of Water



Rag or Towel

Bowl for Drawing a Circle

Paper Towels

STEP 1: We will draw and layout our color wheel on our watercolor paper.

STEP 2: We will paint the Primary, Secondary and Intermediate Colors into our wheel one group at a time and allow them to dry.

STEP 3: We will paint the complement of each color into our inner color wheel and discuss color theory.

STEP 4: Take a picture of your beautiful color wheel and upload it to your class project.


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