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Vintage Color Mixing, Loose Flowers In Watercolors: learn to mix dreamy pastel colors

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Color Mixing Mandala. Mixes of Two Primary Colors

    • 4. Color Mixing of Three Primary Colors

    • 5. Importance of Water for Color Mixing

    • 6. Vintage Loose Florals in Watercolors

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

In this class we will experiment with color mixing and will create a dreamy Vintage color palette which later you can use in your future artworks. You will learn how to get a variety of dreamy pastel shades  using three primary colors, we will create a Color Mixing Mandala with swatches, later you can use them for your future references. Will have fun playing with watercolors and at the end will paint a loose floral composition applying the color mixes explored during the class!


During the class you will create a your own Vintage color palette and will paint loose floral composition, which later you can use for creating patterns or as embellishment for wedding invitations, greeting cards, gift tags and other stationery projects!

This class suits to anyone who enjoys painting with watercolors, no prior knowledge is required.


  • Watercolor Paints (I use Hansa Yellow Light, French Ultramarine, Opera Pink, all by Daniel Smith brand).
  • Watercolor Paper (I use Arteza sketchbook)
  • 2 Medium/Small size round watercolor brush (squirell hairs or similar synthetic one)
  • Paint palette (or just a ceramic plate), 
  • Water pots (better 2)

Are you ready to have fun, then let´s get started!

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1. Introduction: Hello, I'm Nina, watercolour artists and watercolour. Welcome to my new glass in the window edge flower. Serious. Would you like to know how to get this IS beautiful dream investor shades are using only three colours. The story behind this class is that I was looking at the beautiful windows, floral compositions, and was wondering how to get this beautiful color shades usings also fainter which I have already head. And I have started to experiment with colour mixing. And bingo, it's so easy. In this class are firstly, we will create our swatches table or in the shape of beautiful color, Mandela. And then we will put in practices is a beautiful color shades or by Vendean, simple, vintage floral composition. This class will be useful for students of all levels as a beginner. So I will get a more confidence here in color Mixin awhile as more experienced artists there, we'll learn some new interest in color and mixes. After this class, you will know much better as a property. So offer your veins and also how to get the maximum out of them. Moreover, by learning how to make this beautiful shades. So you will save some money on buying new colors, all videos IN realtime so you can paint along with me. If you are new. Welcome, presser, follow button on the top. The genuine these creative journey wherever your brushes. And let's have fun with scholars. 2. Supplies: In this class I will use the following materials, watercolor paper. Before starting adjust jags at your watercolour paper allows you to make a sublease. So this you can check by just adding some water and then just placing some color and to see was it will allow you to make these kind of that. It will bleed this way. Yeah. So Z's is fine for using for this exercise. And another option is like when your paper would behave this way and then you won't be able to get and then you won't be able to get some nice color bleeds that you can see that it just got like stops here and there is no way I cannot move the pigment. So if your paper is like this, that is Gleick got absorber paint, senza Karla. Don't use it for this exercise because you've got frustrated and you won't be able to get these kind of really beautiful color bleeds. Said it will stop here where you have introduced the paint and the dual stay like this is collide for straight into use this kind of paper. And just check with this result. May exist, color bleeds and then two makes most age. And so that this helps really a lot. That is one of the things are really important things to enjoy. What the colors to have. Good paper, watercolor paints, I will use the three colors. My one says it is daniels means that is enhancer yellow light, a French ultramarine, and opera pink. If you don't have this exactly this colors, you can check some like alternating for sure you will have that is like some kind of standard color. And then uses some other yellow which you have. And some rows, don't they got at the moment cadmium red or like a warm red shades, some pink being gross color. And as for pigments, eigenvalues that yellow one is BY three. And being open mapping is a PER 102 integer. And French ultramarine, That is a pb 29. So just have a look for the colors which you have. Brushes. You will need to brushes E1 for making wet and it has one now for mixing and introducing the colors. What the color palette for mixing and better. Take some are bigger area like this one now, or just ceramic Plato would be fine. Then we will need to water. That is important is this timeout to take two pots of water, one for cleaning your brush. Another one, no, we say clean water and paper towel adjusted for removing extra moisture from your brush, get repaired your materials, and let's get started. 3. Color Mixing Mandala. Mixes of Two Primary Colors: Let's start having fun with a mixing colors that I have referred to here already, my colors. And we'll start with the gradient as the center of our color Mandela. Here, just there with binders. Dave, I make like the central circle. So the inner circle is going to contain spectral colors. So this means that there is a one so which are pure and all mixes or which we can get of this dreamy pastel colors. So we are going to locate them outside the circle. So let's start that and you will see what I'm talking about. I will use water with two plots. In one, I'm going to clean all the time my Russia and in another one is with clean water. The first day I will play semi main colors. This one is a hands-on yellow light that is directly from the bend. So that is how it is. That is just really bright colored, not diluted at all. Then I will take overlapping and we'll place from this side. So that is also How's the scholar loops if you do not mix it with anything and do not delete with water, and ultimately infringe from this side. And now let's see what we can get. For out of these three colors. First, we will get their secondary colors so that the mixing colors to each of them. So let's see what we can get. We will start with Arabic and I will add just a bit. I use a bane to just on the tip of my brush. So it's not really a lot. And here I have this color. So then you can create this color by adding a bit more of yellow. And you will get this kind of color. Or you can add a bit more of pink. And then you will get this kind of color. So you can try. I have made a justice Several. A mix of these two colours about as well makes it unless these two colors you can get quite a wide range of color shades. So if you want, you can practice and to mix more. The next one, let's check alderman infringer and opera rose. Here I have already mixed EBIT of orbital rose, pink with ultramarine French. Then I can add a bit more of ultramarine. And it's going to change more. And you see that this color's already and getting more and more beautiful, I will add a bit more awful tremoring. And here is going to be the color violet. A bit more like already a moral cooler. While it. And also just in case this one. Here. Here we have Anansi mixes and less checker, which colors will again get mixing? A hunter yellow light and ultramarine French old drumming. I will start with yellow because if you're in the mixer cell, whereas there is one color is yellow or lighter color. Let's say. You add the, the main part of the scholar and then adjust it in bit by bit, the darker color. So this way, we can get, let's move from the site. For this kind of green. Then if we let a bit more of ultramarine, it's going to be more intense green. And we will add even more. And then we will get cool green, cool shades of green. So this is the range of colors which you can get them mixing these three main, primary colors. And now let's have a look or what we can get if we will make so all these three colors. Now, it starts to be more interesting because here you are changing. Proportions of the scholars and the colors are changing. And now we'll, we'll play with three colors. And this is really getting exciting. 4. Color Mixing of Three Primary Colors: One of the main things are for getting this dream really pale pastel colors that they require a lot of water. So remember to have quite a lot of water on your color palette. And now I'm mixing everything what I have here. And you can see that they get some kind of really nice like gray color. Let's place it somewhere here. And one more thing. What we are going to do. What is interesting that when you are mixing three colors is that there's a also can behave in different ways when you add water. So what we are going to add to our Mandela is also some like First there was water. I just make here one dot and then I introduce the same colour here. And you will see that the discoveries you can get, because that is really exciting. And houses pigments behave in a really different way once you add water. And then let's keep on mixing. So here you see that it's turning already more like violet color. Let's place one more flour here. So that is just simple shapes or flowers and nothing special you can make any other shape. But I think it's more beautiful. And again, I add some of this color in water and you will see how it will be changing. So here I have, I think even more, but I can add, for example, now I can start adding, I have started. Here, I have added a bit of opera pink, but really tiny amount. And then water. And you introduce the same color. And you will see this is, I think, the most exciting part as is water drops. I'm keeping now do brushes with 11 is Wizard clean water where i Places is like water drop. And another one now with which I am using for mixing and for A1 scholar. So these ones are quite similar. I would add a bit more of opera rose. When I say open a rose, I also mean opera pink. My color is called overlapping, but other producers, I know that they also call it the opera rose. Just check. And in fact, I don't know what is the difference. But just in case like I should clarify this point, then let's add a bit more. This was too much. But also, let's place. So actually these are three colors and I'm Blaine with these three colors now. Let's introduce four here. Then I will add this part which I haven't edited before, was yellow and it will be a bit warmer shade with water. So let's add a bit more of operand now I will add also a bit of French ultramarine. And here drop of water. Again, a bit more of French ultramarine. So now it's turns into more like violet color. But you can see that there are really, really many shades of this. And in one page and you don't need the host follows these shades. But you are exploring how many shapes you can get. And then for example, if you're looking for something like this, so you know that you will have to mix colors and see which proportions you will need in order to get setColor exactly. So that is more like with practice, you will know what is missing in your color mixture, for example, now, if I will add more operable, it's going to turn more like more color. Look really beautiful color. Here. Why? I have been talking and I forgot to make the drop of zed color. Okay. I will add with this one, because now this xi's mixes are going to be more interested in and you will see it with water, how they're turning. And okay, so I can recover, adding more ultramarine blue and one drop of water and up. So the color is a bit different. But anyway, ok, we will see, and let's add a bit more of ultramarine to make it cooler this way. And also one drop of water. Let's just clean water. And let's see how you can get these blades. And let's now turn into yellowish. I will add a bit more of yellow and you can see that it has changed. Tolerate is a color. So then you will know which exactly color you will need to add to make it warmer or cooler. So if I will add a bit more of yellow, it will turn un like greenish, greenish grey. Let's have a look. Now with really beautiful color bleed. And let's add a bit more of yellow. So nice. Orange, more grey colors. Let's add more ultramarine blue. And now it's turning more like gray-green color. Really beautiful bleeds. And you will see all these bleeds. They're going to be really, really beautiful ones as they will get dry. And you will see what kind of other FX like contains all these pigments. So here it's cooler. Shade of grey, greenish Gray. I mean, it was only using three colors. You can get a variety of this beautiful tender pastel colors. A bit more of ultramarine drop of water, and a bit more of ultramarine blue and a bit more of yellow. So it's going to be really green. And let's see, really beautiful green and drop of water. I would say is that your main discoveries are going to be this row. You will see what the really beautiful effects you can get mixing this colors. And a bit more of ultramarine blue. And I will add also a bit more of yellow. Look, this I think, is really beautiful, green, muted and it's not so compared to this one. This one, we will see that it is going to be much more muted and more beautiful green. This spectral colors as a really nice, but they are too bright so you won't be able to bring something really like the whole composition with these colors. But if you will, use this kind of shades, it's been growing, you will get the really harmonious composition. Ok, so we have our first row. 5. Importance of Water for Color Mixing: Let's keep on moving resist mixture and we lend even more. Ligo will keep on now with French ultramarine. And we'll see what we can get out of there. And okay, so here we will continue from here, again, one drop and a bit more of this. I will add a bit more of ultramarine. So these are already darker colors. So actually you can compliment, for example, if you're Albanian flowers, you can use some really beautiful, tender, this range of shades for colors. And then you will get like this, really, really light and beautiful bleeds. And four leaves you can use. Combine actually concentrated color like this one's dark ones and compliment them with this kind of bleeds and is going to be also really like, really beautiful. That's for sure. And a bit more awful drama. And what can you see what is happening here? That is really, really amazing. I mean, that is sound kind of watercolor beauty and watercolor magic is going on there. And that's what I mean. That is, when you are adding water to water colors, that's when the magic starts. And, and you can see how, how Reach Higher colors and what kind of effects you can get out of your colours. That is really amazing. I allow watercolors and mixing colors. That is really amazing. What you can, which effects you can get these kinds of colors. And it's like how you can get so many colors out of three. So let's add a bit more. And then we'll start adding. So here is a really already quite blue, really beautiful color, by the way, for being teeny, dark leaves. It's going to be look really, really beautiful, really beautiful color. Okay, so now we will start adding opera rose, beat by beat, and we will see how the color is changing. So it's going to turn more into dark violet. But that is like a really, really great, and I can imagine paint in leaves and differentiates of leaves and flowers. So with these kinds of colors. And I want to move to another part of the class where we will be in some floral decomposition. Drop of water. Yeah. A bit more of here I have a bit more of our Burbank and be more of water. Can you see here also starts already to get all this magic bleeds and these ones, have you seen this one so beautiful, really beautiful color. A bit more of what there or, and you can see that it starts to bleed itself. And it would be more of a rose. So you can notice bicycles, which color was a dominant one. And then you can keep on adding. And you can see that this row was really tender and light and these colors as they are more intense. Ok, let's add a bit more. Here in some part, a bit more of a Burroughs default mode color and drop of water and EBIT. And now with this color, we will start to move into warmer shades. By A1 yellow. I clean my brush, remove some extra water, and then start to yellow to my mixture. And it turns into warmer up, more of yellow and a bit more of yellow and a bit more of operand. This color is quite strange, but it's quite interesting. Color always being a shade grown. And lets it a bit more of. And we have almost done our color Mandela bit more yellow. So we're going to finish with quite warm shades. The only thing I don't have, so I have made this, this flower really be OK. Let's play somewhere for here. Some drop of water. Here it will start doublet. And one more, I will add beautiful Germany in blue, and we will see what color we can get. That we are back to some kind of greenish car, right? Green. Who really beautiful. In fact, you can still keep on experimenting that I'm already run out of space, so for my experiments, but you have already the idea what kind of color mixtures you can get out of this three primary colors. And the beautiful part. Remember that is water. When you add water, then as I watercolors starts to open and it's to show its treasures. And although so alias, which contains within and Zoe's ones, these ones are really beautiful. And if you will, include these kinds of color bleeds into your flower compositions for show, you will notice that it makes a difference and that it's difficult to know what kind of colors have you used in order to get these kind of really beautiful blades look really beautiful. And here I wanted also to pay attention that I have discovered it also, just occasionally by mixing these colors and playing that This reminds me so much of one color of daniels means under say, green. And actually then I have checked as a pigments which it contains, and it contains a pb 29. So that is the same pigment which contains ultramarine South it is the same baby 29. And actually, so that is a way also can get disease undersea green. And look, look what is going on here exists if you use without colors is looks a bit like dao, but this kind of dark colors, they're really beautiful for complementing your really light beautiful flowers. And these ones have a look at these beauty. What is going on here? That ultramarine starts to appear. And then it's like gree, greenish bluish. And I think it's just amazing all these kind of bleeds which you can get and display of pigments. So I hope that you have enjoyed and if you have a bigger piece of paper, you can keep on practicing with color mixes. And another thing is that if you will choose adjust change one of the yellows, taken as a yellow with the same blue and red. And you will see that you will create another range of color mixes. And I think that it's almost like endless in future classes, I will share with you my other discoveries of which primary colors you can make for getting other really beautiful law affects. So that it's almost, I would say it's like rainbow effect, really beautiful. I do hope that you have enjoyed this gallery mixing and that is not really, that is not like boring swatches. Is that as a relay or the color exciting makes. Now that my Mandela has got dry, I just wanted to show you how it looks. This color bleeds once a dry and this one is looks something really just like smaller universe. I didn't know. Really beautiful colors and all this. Also really beautiful shades. It's like any of these, once you add water, like any of these colors, is just like simple. It's split into several colors. I think Zed is a amazing seeing of mixing colors this way. And also depends on which colors you are mixing. As you can get as these kind of beautiful bleeds, when's a color split, splits into several colors. So I hope that you have enjoyed and you also have gotten really many of these beautiful discoveries and new colors in your color palette. And now let's move to our floral compositions. 6. Vintage Loose Florals in Watercolors: Now let's paint something simple and just like 4-5 battle flowers. And our main idea is to concentrate on their color mixes cell, which we are going to use. Here. I have that battle which was left from my mandela color Mandela exercise. And I just will add some other colors here. I mean like edge anymore pigments are the same ones. I will base my color mixture so on what I have already here. And first, I will start with something that is a bit of a Burbank and bid-offer ultramarine. And we can add just a tiny amount of yellow here. And let's start with the first two. I being dealt with water. Just the shape. Free-form shape, more or less like four petals. So nothing special. It's some kind of whimsical flowers. And then I introduces is a pigment paint which I have mixed. And for the center, I am going to use. You can use indigo or I will use two colors. So that helps me says that this among glow, it's quite beautiful. Dark mixture or warm shades uses a PN motif. Genuine. It's like more brownish. Or you can use as well, lunar blue. If you have Payne's gray, will work perfectly. So here I'm in Payne's gray to make it darker. The center. Also here to this mixture, I will keep on adding a bit more awful drama in blue and Burroughs and yellow. And two some areas, I will add a bit darker color. So then let's mix what I have here. That should be more ultramarine blue. And let's add one more flour, looking more like in that direction. And I start with o. And at the bottom, I will add this lunar blue because it would be darker color. And now let's try to make something more interesting. I will add a bit more yellow. Maybe more of our boroughs. Burglary. Let's make one opposite wise. And also just simple shape. And I will add color. Really solved and pale bail Gullah, I like. And with water you can spread the pigment as well for minute beats the shape of their flower. There I can add a bit of PMO did this brown color. It's a granular band and I like to degranulate and banes dozer or flower centers. And now let's make something. Let's add some leaves. And we will see what we can get with our mixtures. Because I liked us at really dark, which we got as in ultramarine blue and yellow and brown liquid moral, ultramarine blue. And it didn't have a bit of this mixture of being Gish color, which we have here, and a bit more awful drama and glutamate bluish. And now we will add some leaves. So first the stem and then just do stroke leaves down, up. And then you can correct emitter shape. Then leave whitespace and the same way. And now we can make some pinkish, always some water. I make another leaf. And here we get this really beautiful color bleeds. And from here and the same, so it was a water helps us the grades is beauty. And four here, one more leaf. Yep, we have here. And the now let's, let's add a bit more of yellow and we'll see what we can create. And for example, from this side, I will create some, also some leaves for here with, first with water and then I add color. And it's really, Really, I really like this kind of tender and muted colors. So for here, let's all it said, I'll some shape I didn't like. So that is a perfect thing. When you paint with water, you already know this from my glass. Be brave to paint with water. That if you didn't like the shape, you just remove it and again and dragging. Okay, so for here, one more leaf and let's make it more interesting. So let's add a bit more of ultramarine. And don't worry that you don't get exactly the same color as my ones because you know that it depends quite a lot of ratio of each color, but just the checker and use those colors which you like. And for sure you will get something really beautiful result like this. Probably lead somewhere for here. Some, some are just whiz brushstrokes. And four here, one more. And we can add some more bluish color. I imagine undermine blue. And probably for here, I think DO more leaves. O is this one is a really beautiful, I read allows this one. So you can see how it is when it's dark and how it has changed the ones you have added water. So don't, don't be afraid to add water to your watercolors. They will get only more beautiful. And T will discovering new ways of doing things. And we'll add some plurals, legacies. And they're just, they're really tiny ones. Like the fields composition. And four here. And let's assumption always more cheerful color, I would say. I heard it quite a lot of upper rows. So let's add also some, some leaps, or some smaller, some smaller, like this smaller flower. Oh, this one is going to be really beautiful. Color bleed. And i would it also somewhere for here. That is the difficult part is that once you have started to add more flowers, is difficult to stop. And especially if you like the colors which you are using and that we can add something darker. I had undermined blue to this mixture. And some areas are here as a center. I make it with undermine blue here, again made also some, It's already is that it has got dry. So I just add some dots to make the center more permanent and also to create disease illusion or the volume of the flower. It here in the center. And this one is looking a bit like in that direction. So I think that I will leave it the way it is like this. I will adhere one more, like several battles. Just several battles. And yellow. Warm color. And here I will add one more flour like this. That is a really, really beautiful just blame, I think that is a really relaxing. And urine getting to know your colors without so much stress. But then you will know what kind of actually 1D. Actually what possibilities you have with your paint and probably your want need so many pins, just get in those pigments which help you to create these colors which you really like. And it will be enough. And for here, I will end up mixing everything what I have here. And maybe darker here, do the center. And this way. Oh, I really like, and it's really, really gives you this feeling of a wind damage. And that's what I, that's what I really like. And they can play with these colors for a really long. Okay, so it's time to finish. As I have actually showed because actually I have showed her what I wanted to show you. And then it's like open space here for you to create. What we can do. To make it a bit more like, remained beautiful and all that. I like to add some background and some splitters. Let's add a read more of the ground. Also, these kind of dreamy, Can you see all these bleeds? And once it will get dry, I will show you how it will turn. That's it. It's really beautiful. I just really like these kind of, I think, a bit more of opera to make it a bit more cheerful than the ground and a bit more dreamy. And just with splitters, if you don't like some of them, you just can remove with your brush. But they create some nice kind of dreamy misremember background. A bit low, ultramarine blue, then make dead darker. If you don't like some of them you can remove. If they are dry, has got fallen like on dry paper. You can remove just with paper. And if they have fallen on the weight one, so you can just dissolve them and with more water. That's all. Maybe more of dark ones here. And I think that what I will add is a bit more of a dark Center. Some of my floor l's I exist do tend to add more contrast to this one. Here, a bit more of contrast. And so here we have our Windows Flores composition where we have tested these three colors. So that is a French ultramarine up wrapping and hands or yellow light. And that is how it looks like my composition once it has got dry. And you can see all these beautiful color bleeds. And generally I think the colors are so dreamy and does a they are so much I didn't know like us. So, so different that it's actually quite difficult to say which colors exactly like the person to know for the vein disease. And that is a trick that you are mixing. And then with water, you can create these really beautiful color bleeds. I hope was that you also have created some serenely beautiful. And I'm looking forward to see that beauty which you have created the endure watercolor discoveries. 7. Final Thoughts: Thank you for watching my glass. I hope you had fun playing with colors and how media, your own watercolor discoveries, if you like the glass, please leave a review. I highly appreciate this. Please upload your class project as a class project gallery. I'm looking forward to see all the beauty which you have created. If you're going to share your artwork on Instagram, please take me so that I could see if you like this glass or you can also check my other glasses, say in Windows, flowers, serious. Meanwhile, have fun playing with colors and see you in my next class. Bye.