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Summer Color Trends 2019: Learn to Mix beautiful Colors in Watercolor

teacher avatar Irina Trzaskos, Watercolor Artist & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Palette 1: Berry Summer

    • 4. Palette 2: Rainbow Sherbet

    • 5. Palette 3: Fresh & Lush

    • 6. Palette 4: Bohemian Bright

    • 7. Palette 5: Summer Glow

    • 8. Palette 6: Playful

    • 9. Last Thoughts

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Welcome to the "Summer Color Trends" class! In this watercolor class, you will learn how to mix six trendy summer 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 eyes to see more color hues and as a result, become a better artist. Summer is the season of happiness and whenever I want to add some joy to my day (and to my artwork) I research summer colors and find the watercolor recipe for each color. I created this class for all Summer lovers and I hope you will enjoy watching it and mixing colors along with me. 

Have a wonderful and colorful Summer!

x Irina. 

P.S. If you are just starting with watercolor, below you will find the link to the "Basics of Color Mixing Class" also in Project and Resources section of the class you can find all the information about paints and colors I used during this class.

Class: The Basics of Color Mixing in Watercolor


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1. Introduction: Hi, guys. I'm Irina Trzaskos, watercolor artist and illustrator. I love to teach watercolor classes online and offline. In today's class, I want to share with you the latest summer color trends, and to show you how to mix them in watercolor. If you're new to this channel, welcome, and thank you for joining. Press the follow button on top and let's get started. 2. Supplies: In today's class, we will be using very little of supplies. Of course, we'll be using watercolor paint. I use White nights watercolors by Nevskaya Palitra; you often ask me. So, let's have a look. These are with tubes. But the box with the pens looks just like this, just a little wider. I would leave a link in supplies a list, in case you want to look at them. Or you can just use whatever paint to have. If you looked my color mixing class, you must have a color wheel which will help you mix any colors you want, whatever paint you have. Then, we'll need water, paint palette, paper towel. I always use paper towel next to me. Any brush you have, the one you're most comfortable with. I'll be using a medium, round brush, number 4 today. We'll need a paper, it can be watercolor paper, or it can be a sketchbook where you do some color experiments. If you have such thing, then you are welcome to use it today. So, let's get started. 3. Palette 1: Berry Summer: This transit color scheme, I named Berry Summer. The first color is a very strong color so we'll mix magenta with a drop of green. It's going to have quite a bit of pigment and not too much water. Doesn't it look like a berry? Beautiful. For this color, we used magenta and a little bit of green. Just regular classic green. The next color we'll mix is this here with a lot of water. We'll just dilute the same mix with a lot of water to get his gentle and beautiful pink. For the next one, we'll mix cadmium orange with cadmium yellow. That will give us an orange color like a fruit. Also very delicious. For this one, we mixed cadmium orange and cadmium yellow. For the next color, we'll mix bright blue or ocean blue. Any warm shade of blue that we have, with a little bit of teal. This is too much teal, so let's add some more blue. You can see how beautiful it looks next to orange. A very happy colors scheme. Here we mix brighter blue with some teal, which services as dark aqua blue. For the next color, we'll mix some teal with violet and it will give us a deep and beautiful dark blue. This is teal and violet. Just in case you need some green for your painting. There is a green which works great with this color scheme. When we mix teal with cadmium yellow, that gives us this beautiful green. It looks so fresh and interesting. It's cadmium yellow and teal. This is our Berry Summer color scheme. 4. Palette 2: Rainbow Sherbet: This color story is called an emotion a bit, and it's so sweet and fresh, just like gelato or shabby my photo first color, we'll make some Naples Yellow wave a little bit of lemon yellow. This glow from lemon yellow, we'll add some freshness to a warm Naples Yellow. It'll give us exactly how beautiful yellow shabby color. If you don't have exactly the same colors as I don't just try to match the colors you have. If you watched my color mixing class, I'll leave a link on the description of a class. There I explained how techniques, any colors you want with a colors you have by using color bill services, Naples, yellow miss Warm sand color and lemon yellow, which is a cold shade of yellow. Together they give us is beautiful, delicious yellow. Gradient will mix. Some took warmth with cadmium yellow. This entire palette is a warm pallet and it's perfect for some children market illustrations or some stationary, some invitations, some pieces of beautiful green. We used two quads we saw this from Windsor and Newton. The rest of my colors are from White Nights. Watercolors. Leave chrome only for link now, projects section of the class and supplies list, in case you want to take a look. Also we need a brighter green, blue green instead of blue. We'll be using two quads with yellowish green, it's a complicated color will get. You can see how it gives us almost neon color, then we'll use some teal. This sand is also green, but it's a little bit blue, it looks good in this college story. We used three colors, so used two quads, we use the yellowish green and we use teal. Next delicious color is some cadmium orange, is living coral, cadmium orange, and magenta. Let mix this color so many times, it's still beautiful. You can see the harmony of this pallet voter ID. Even we have humor colors. It's cadmium orange and magenta. Let's do my space here. Her GMR colors to go. Why does some golden? But if you don't have it, you can mix cadmium orange with cadmium yellow. Let's mix it. Mixing colors is always a good exercise. We get to the golden color. You can do that with more water if you wanted more transparent, more light. It's cadmium orange and cadmium yellow, what if you have a golden color, you can use it right away. After the last color, we need magenta and violet. We need to dilute it with a lot of water to get the lavender color. Also for VS color-coded, you may need a white or light gray, in the color mixing class, I explained how to do it, but if you didn't watch it, I will explain it here. What we are doing for to paint white or applied gray, which will show the white shadows, we need to mix three primary colors, which is cadmium yellow, cadmium red, and ultramarine blue, in the same proportion. Mix until you get to the neutral gray like this. This is the gray which gives venue neutral or white when you add shadow. Once you mix to us three primary colors, just cadmium yellow, cadmium red, and ultramarine blue. This is our rainbow sherbet with a delicious colors studied for some. 5. Palette 3: Fresh & Lush: Next color story is so fresh, and it has only five colors in it, but you can express so much with them, and their love limited color palettes. The first color is orange with some carmine in it and it's pretty dark. But it has to have more orange than carmine or an equal proportion, somewhere there. This one is better to use just for details. Try not to overwhelm your painting with this color because it's very strong. I'll do middle flower with this one. So it's orange and carmine red. Next will take the same mix, and we'll mix it with a lot of water. In the painting, I will do the flowers with this one and the middle of the flower with this one. This would be like taking more space in the painting, and this one would be just with accents. It's exactly the same mix, only with water. Next one is the strong and fresh green [inaudible]. We'll take classic green and we'll add some teal to it. The teal will bring the freshness I'm looking for, and it will give us a beautiful dark green. Just perfect for some tropical foliage or any kind of foliage you want to show how fresh it is. This is the one I used, classic shade of green. It's a little bit of water, so you can see this one. They mixed it with hue. I know it's totally unexpecting and I was experimenting, and I got this color, and then got so happy about it. For next one, we need blue, but it doesn't have to be too greenish, so we'll use some ultramarine, and still, it has to be a vibrant and bright, and happy like a summer day. I'll use ultramarine, but ultramarine is too serious for that. We'll add some brad blue to it, and a little bit of teal. I think it needs a little bit more ultramarine. This is too aqua, but we wanted to be blue enough. So this is perfect. This is our blue. You can see how beautiful this color story is. We have three colors here: ultramarine blue, bright blue, and teal. I tried to mix just two of them and it didn't work so I had to add the third one to get the vibrancy and freshness of this color. The last one in this color scheme, which will finish this beautiful, harmonious story is magenta with water. Just a bright, beautiful, watery magenta. I love this color scheme and I hope you will be using it too. Just magenta with water. It's very important to have a good magenta in your color palette. 6. Palette 4: Bohemian Bright: Next color story is Bohemian bright. It has some neutral colors, some bright colors, and some are more moderate, I'd say, colors. One neutral color is when we mix Naples yellow with a little bit of magenta. This is too much magenta, it doesn't have to turn pink. This is the colors, it's like a skin tone color. Beautiful. This is one neutral color we'll be using. Well, you'll be using, if you'll be using this color story. Next, I will show you a bright color which we had in summer, it's the same. But before that, let me make a note. It's Naples yellow, yellow ocher would work here too if you don't have Naples yellow, and a little bit of magenta. This is too much but just a little bit. Next we'll have a blue, we'll mix a bright blue and some teal, which will give us a vibrant color. This one, beautiful. Once again, we used a mix bright blue of one shade of blue you have, and teal. We just included some emerald green so this blue will gives us a teal. Just experiment with the colors you have and try to get as close as it can. For the next one is some more multi-color, that's the word I was looking for. We'll mix violet, and it's a colder color than the previous two, with some ultramarine blue. Now we have a bright blue, but we need a moody one, we'll add a little bit of Naples yellow or yellow ocher, whichever you have. This is too much let's add a little bit off blue and purple again, and this has the color we are looking for. I diluted it with a lot of water and we get this grayish blue, violet. We mixed ultramarine blue, mixing colors is a great exercise for any artist. The more color mixing you do, the better your eyes train. At some point you'll be able just to look at the color and say," Hey, you can mix this, because that's how we get that color." We have ultramarine blue, violet, and Naples yellow or yellow ocher, whichever you have. Let's get back to a vibrant color because this is the Bohemian color palette, we'll mix carmine orange with carmine red. Let's try not to dilute it with a lot of water, they'll give us a dark orange color, beautiful, vibrant. If you'll be doing watercolor wash try to show some parts more orange and other part more carmine red. Say more carmine here and more orange on this side, and you can see how it starts glowing. It's got an orange and carmine red, which is a little warmer than magenta. Next one is just magenta with water. So it's not too dark, but it's not too light, just a vibrant, beautiful magenta as it is, it will gave us a bright hot pink. So these are the three vibrant colors we need today for this color story. The next one is a nominal neutral. We'll be using red ocher, needs to be refilled, with a little bit of violet. Try not to make it too dark. It has to be like a warm, beautiful candle color. Let's [inaudible] like this. Here we had just magenta with water, and here we have red ocher with a little bit of violet. The last color will mix again, teal a lot of pigment and violet to give us a dark and beautiful blue, deep one. We've got two common colors, two neutrals, and three vibrant, beautiful colors for this color story. I like it so much, and I hope you'll use it in your summer illustrations, here we have violent and teal. This is our Bohemian bright summer color story. 7. Palette 5: Summer Glow: So next summer color story is called summer glow because when you combine them in a gradient, they gave you this feeling of glow. All these colors together. I'll show you at the end after I show you how to mix these colors. So it's a softer, little vintage looking, yet really drains this pallet. So its just Naples yellow. If you don't have Naples yellow, try to use yellow ocher with a little bit of cambium yellow. So this is just one color diluted with a lot of water. Naples Yellow. Next we have magenta. So all of this cards are mixed with a lot of our tacticles, it's a very soft, dreamy color story. So magenta with cadmium orange gives us this living coral and we'll add a little bit of lemon yellow to it. Create more magenta and lemon yellow. Now we'll mix it with a lot of water and we'll get this color. Absolutely dreamy and beautiful. So here we have magenta, cadmium orange and lemon yellow. Unexpected and such a beautiful color. Next we'll mix magenta with violet. Too much violet, be careful with violet, it can overwhelm the color very fast. So add it drop by drop, not like like me. So we need this warm shade of violet yet we don't want it to be too vibrant because it's a soft glow. That's why we'll add a little bit of Naples yellow because yellow is complimentary for violet, so it will neutralize it anytime. So adding Naples yellow and water. As a result, we have this stunning, warm, violet. So we had violet with magenta. Naples yellow or yellow ocher will work perfectly here too. Next we have a darker blue, which is just bright blue with some ultramarine blue together. This is the brightest color in this pallet Bright blue and ultramarine blue. This is the star. The star of a color story. So ultramarine blue and the warm blue. Whatever you have. I have a bright blue. That's how it's called in my paints. The last one is turquoise and some bright blue. Just a tiny bit. It's mostly turquoise. So this is a very soft summer glow. Turquoise and a little bit of bright blue. Now I want to show you what a beautiful gradient this color can make. So you start them exactly in the order I showed you how to mix them. So we'll take our Naples yellow with a lot of water. I'm taking them right from the paint pallet because thankfully have them mixed. Then you wash your brush and go to next which is the mix of orange, magenta and lemon yellow and just let them flow into each other. Next we go to our violet, after violet we have blue and the last is turquoise. You can see the glow effect I was talking to you about how yellow goes from orange to purple to blue and to turquoise. You can try to finish it, to put together with yellow. A beautiful dreamy summer gradient. 8. Palette 6: Playful : I wanted so much here to be ahead of time with your artwork. I found this beautiful, huge, eight or nine colors story by European trend forecaster, Mirella Bruno, for spring summer 2020. If you want to start placing some artwork with these colors, with combination of these colors, you are so welcome and I can't wait to see them. Here we'll have a severe contrast between transparencies of the color, I'll show you in a second. But first color, is it going to be pretty opaque. We'll be using a lot of pigment, not much water. It's carmen red and conglutinant, which will give us a complicated, not warm, not cold, we can't call it neutral, either red, very beautiful. We have two different trends here, a warm, and a cold one. Cadmium red, which is a warmer shade of red, and carmen red, and they give this beautiful, complicated, and vibrant red. Next color which is going to be popular in 2020 according to trend forecasters is, surprise, magenta with some water. This one is not as opaque, but not too transparent. It splits are watery, but not with too much water. This one should be with more pigment, this one with less pigment. It's just magenta. Next, we'll cover very transparent. We'll color, add lot of water so it's yellowish green. I didn't know how to come up with this formula. Yellowish green with ultramarine blue and a lot of water. I think it's too much water so let's make some more pigment, yellowish green with ultramarine blue. It's a cold yet tender because it's yellowish green, shade of green. Very beautiful, very soft, and transparent because there isn't a lot of water to it. I think it's absolutely stunning. Here we have yellowish green, ultramarine blue, and water. For next mix, we'll use again yellowish green, but don't add too much water to it. Ultramarine blue, and bright blue, all together. We need more yellowish green to this mix. Again, we'll get a beautiful, fresh, submarine green which looks great with this pink and red, especially with pink. Here we have three colors: yellowish green, ultramarine blue, and bright blue. Your warm shade of blue half should work. Just experiment if you don't have the colors I have, just use whatever you have and try to get as close as you can. Next, we'll use cadmium, yellow with a little bit of magenta. This is so much magenta so it has to be a yellow, not orange. Let's add some more yellow to our mix. This is better. It's like mustard yellow, but a little bit fresher. Cadmium yellow and magenta. The mix of orange and magenta is not losing its positions, it's becoming a little more transparent in 2020. Let's add some water to our leading coral. I think it's a little pink here. A little more magenta and more water will give us the right color for 2020. Unbelievable. Time flies. Then we need some colder colors. I'm running out of palette here. We'll mix some ultramarine, blue with violet, and some water. We need a colder color of violet so we're adding some blue to it, and get to these beautiful color. You can see you can make a very complex artwork of all these colors. Here we had magenta and cadmium orange. For blue, we'll have brighter blue and ultramarine blue mixed together. We need more pigment in this. It gives us a beautiful bright blue. Here we have violet and ultramarine blue, and here we have ultramarine blue and bright blue. Also in Mirella's trend forecast, she had a beautiful gray. I'll mix this violent I have with cadmium yellow. It mixed by accident with blue so I'll try it here. It'll give us a beautiful warm shade of gray. Mix it with a lot of water, and we have the gray which we were create with the colors. Here we have two complementaries, purple or violet, and cadmium yellow. Very simple, especially if you know the basics of code mixing. If you don't, I'll leave the link under the description of the class. This is the spring summer colors story for 2020, inspired by a trend forecast by Mirella Bruno. 9. Last Thoughts : Thank you for watching this class and mixing colors with me. If you enjoyed the class, please leave a review and uploaded a project to a project section of the class. I cannot wait to see your beautiful colored arts. If you are sharing your project on Instagram, please tag me so I could see your beautiful art. I will see you in the next class. Bye.