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Spring Color Trends: Learn mixing On-Trend Color Schemes in Watercolor

Irina Trzaskos, Watercolor Artist & Illustrator

Spring Color Trends: Learn mixing On-Trend Color Schemes in Watercolor

Irina Trzaskos, Watercolor Artist & Illustrator

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7 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introductions

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Spring Color Story 1

    • 4. Spring Color Story 2

    • 5. Spring Color Story 3

    • 6. Spring Color Story 4

    • 7. Last Thoughts

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Welcome to the class! In this watercolor class, you will learn how to mix four trendy spring color schemes. I am so excited to share with you the latest color trends, so you can continue building your successful art portfolio. Mixing colors is so relaxing, also it trains your eye to see more color hues and as a result, become a better artist. I enjoyed so much creating this class and I hope you will enjoy watching it and painting along.

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Have a creative and colorful Spring!

x Irina. 

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1. Introductions: Hi, I'm Irina Trzaskos, watercolor artist and illustrator. Welcome to my weather colored channel. Here you'll find a big collection of classes for beginners. In today's class, I will share with you spring-colored [inaudible] , and how to mix them in watercolor. All my classes are filmed in real times so you can follow along. If you're new to this channel, thank you for joining and welcome. There's a bell button on top and let's get started. 2. Supplies: If you are going to mix colors with me and I hope you will be mixing colors with me while I'm doing it. You'll need the following supplies, watercolor paint, any kind of paint you have will do and if you want to find out about my paint, there is attachment in the project section of the class about it and also we'll need water of course. We'll need to change after every color palette. We'll need to mix the colors. Your favorite watercolor and brush, any kind of brush will do. We'll need watercolor paper and it's even better if instead of that, you have a sketchbook where you are experimenting with colors, or maybe a schedule for all the ideas. So let's get started. 3. Spring Color Story 1: So for my color experiments and mixes, after I do a trend research, I usually try how to mix the colors in the special book I made. I just used watercolor paper and I sewed it together and it has a little, cute tail too. So if you want to make one of these, I encourage you to do so because this is so cool, I think, to have color study book. During the class, I'll show you the trend is putting colors on a regular-size, watercolor paper, half size so you can clearly see it. However, I wanted to show you a way to have a special sketchbook just for color experiments. So the first color palette is very cheerful and bright and happy and I'm so excited to share it with you. The first color is yellow with a hint of orange. So I'm taking cadmium yellow for this color and a little bit of cadmium orange. Also if you have golden color, you can mix it into yellow too. You'll need a less amount of golden orange and cadmium orange, because golden orange is made out of yellow and orange in color match. So this is the color we get. Beautiful, bright, perfect for spring. So if you are painting daffodils or any yellow whimsical flowers, this is a perfect yellow for it. Next we'll dive into blues because classic blue is the color over here and of course we'll try to incorporate it into our scheme. So for classic blue, we'll need to mix teal, which officially is called azure blue. You can find the entire colors and a list of the colors I use in the Project section of the class, there is an attachment with PDF in all of my classes. So there you can find exactly. But teal officially is called azure blue and when we mix it with violet, this is how it looks. You can instantly see how cool it looks next to the yellow. So what I'm about to do is, here we have cadmium yellow and cadmium orange. Here we have teal. If you don't have teal, you can try to use turquoise. You can try to use emerald green and violet. Anyway, try to use the colors you have in your own palette and I'm sure trying different experimenting, you can get to exactly the colors I have or very close. So next to this mix, we'll add some blue and we'll get a second shade of blue. So this is a warm blue, which in the Whiteman's Watercolors is just called blue. Add a little bit of water so you can better see the shade and I think it's so nice. Bright, it's vibrant and it's such a happy, happy color. So here we have teal, violet, and blue. Next, let's make some pinks. So lilac, coral, and peach are still very trendy and I can't imagine this being without those colors. So we are mixing them by mixing magenta with some cadmium orange and adding a lot of water. If you don't have magenta which is [inaudible] it's usually called, then just try to use Carmen red or any cold shade of red. I explain how to mix any shade you can think of in my Mixing Colors class. I'll leave a link in the description of this class and in the project of the class. So this is our peach coral shade. Next we need a bright pink for this part. So we'll just take magenta and mix it with some water and we get a bright beautiful pink. So this one is cadmium orange and magenta and this one is just magenta. For [inaudible] in this palette it's good to use some raw sienna. Also if you'll be using gold, it will work great in this palette. So add raw sienna and if it feels too yellow to you, add some violet to it. Let's add some violet and see the difference. Can see it's more muted and calmer. So if you have some branches you want to paint, this is a good, beautiful brown for it. Next we need some greens. So just take some turquoise. Also we'll add to our turquoise some cadmium orange. Just a little bit. As a result, we'll get this dusty green. Beautiful. So I think this is enough colors for this color palette. So here we have raw sienna and violet. Here on top, as an option, we have just raw sienna. This is turquoise. This is Winsor & Newton turquoise just mixed with water. If you don't have a Winsor & Newton turquoise, you can use the same teal we used before and just dilute it with water instead. That color will work too. Here we have turquoise and cadmium orange. So this is the first strangest spring color palette. You have enough bright colors, you have some more neutral and calm colors to work with. 4. Spring Color Story 2: I can't imagine spraying without beautiful pastels, so next to our trendy color palette it will be a pastel color palette. First let's take some cadmium yellow, add some cadmium orange to it. A teeny-tiny drop of magenta, a little more yellow because it turns oranger. Now let's add a lot of water, and we get a beautiful soft, a little pinkish yellow. I hope you can see it. Next to the same mix. Let's first show you what we got here, cadmium yellow, cadmium orange, and a drop of magenta. Next, we'll have the same mix but in different proportions, so we'll start with magenta. We'll add cadmium orange to it. Then we'll add a drop of yellow. We'll dilute it with a lot of water, and we got our second beautiful pastel. Here we have the same colors, but first we have a lot of magenta, the same amount of orange, and just a little bit of yellow. For the next color let's make some teal. To create pastels we'll always will be adding a lot of water to every color. That's the key to do watercolor like that. We'll have some teal and a little bit of magenta. Because we have more teal here than magenta , we have beautiful bright blue. To the same mix lets add more magenta and less teal. As a result we get the beautiful lavender color. Here we have more magenta, and this teal, and a lot water, of course. Next let's take some blue, add some magenta to it, and some teal, and we'll dilute it with less water. It needs more blue. As a result we get this beautiful, bright, vibrant blue. Its not a pastel anymore, but we need some contrasts sometimes when we create a postulate illustrations, so this is one of the colors. I have bright blue, teal, and magenta. Again, back to our pastel colors so whenever two colors we'll get them by diluting some teal with water. The next we'll mix yellowish green with teal and a little bit amount of water too. Don't all these look like sea glass? I just love them. We have yellowish green with some teal. Also, if you need more dark colors, and these colors came to contrast with your beautiful pastels, [inaudible] this bright blue is by mixing teal with Paynes gray, as a result we get a very beautiful and dark green, emerald green color. Here we have teal and Paynes gray. If we add to this mix some violet, we'll get a beautiful dark blue. Of course, my violet just overwhelmed two other colors. This is beautiful navy color. If you'll be doing something soft and gentle and you'll paint a background with one of these dark colors, with teal, one with navy blue, it will be just stunning. Here we have teal, Paynes gray, and violet. This is our pastel color palette. For a trendy spring colors, with some more countries take colors of it. 5. Spring Color Story 3: Next range in Spring Color story is some polluted colors. These are good for some dreamy, ethereal themes if you are good with painting. It's based on Payne's gray. We're starting with Payne's gray, a beautiful color. In a mixer colors class, if you watched it, you would remember where I told you how to create color harmonies by aging one color to every color we are using. So that's exactly what you'll be doing here. We'll be aging Payne's gray to other colors. I have Payne's gray. Now let's mix it with some teal, and dilute it with a lot of water. This is the key we are taking. Very simple. Payne's gray mixing it with teal. Let's add some more Payne's gray, too bright. Because every color in this scheme will have one color in it, Payne's gray, they will be working great together. This is teal with Payne's gray. Next, let's take some Payne's gray and add some violet to it. Then this set is off and get this lavender greener, little moody, is still greener because it has a lot of water, violet. That's violet and Payne's gray again. Thanks. Let's do the same thing with magenta, beautiful. The last color I want to add to this color story is blue with Payne's gray of course, very nice. This is a demo Spring color study. 6. Spring Color Story 4: In the next spring color draw, study is very unusual and so beautiful and I can't wait to share it with you. For the first color we need red oak. It's the color we usually use for skin tones. It doesn't have to be too watery, I should refill it I think, probably time. We'll add a little bit of Carmen red sheet, and not too much water. So a lot of red oak and that little bit of carbon round, instead is out and get this beautiful terracotta and color. Next, let's make some seal wave paints gray, add some water to it and you can see how beautiful these two colors look together. Here we have a red oak and Carmen red. Here we have Teal Payne's gray, and water. Let's do near lilac [inaudible] Alcoa. I'll make some magenta with cadmium orange, so for this color It's good even if you have some gradients. So somewhere you can see only pink and then some parts you can see only orange. Such an uneven weather color wash would be perfect. I have magenta and orange, Cadmium Orange. Next we'll have to make some violet with some magenta, more violet than magenta and lets mix it with water. May get this bright beautiful colors, so it's a violet with magenta and the water, next we need a green, so we'll make some classic green with teal, classic green with a little bit of teal. You can see how stunning this green looks to with violet, next to violet. So it's classic green with some teal. For instance you can use some Payne's gray, just out of tube. So this is an unusual trends is brink colored study. I love it. 7. Last Thoughts: Thank you for joining me in this class. I hope you've got a chance to mix some colors with me. If you like the class, please leave a review and upload the project on project section on the class. If you're sharing your beautiful color palettes in Instagram, please tag me so that I can see your beautiful artwork. I'll see you in the next class. Bye.