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Learn to Fearlessly Mix and Use Color for Watercolor Painting

teacher avatar Anne Butera, watercolor artist, pattern designer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Developing a Color Practice


    • 3.



    • 4.

      Getting to Know Your Colors: Swatches


    • 5.

      Mixing: a Limited Palette


    • 6.

      Mixing: Paint on Paper


    • 7.

      Layering: Wet on Wet


    • 8.

      Layering: Wet on Dry


    • 9.

      Matching Colors an Example


    • 10.

      Your Project


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Color is at the heart of any watercolor painting, but when you're just starting out it can be daunting. Watercolor doesn't work quite the same way as other types of paint.

Playing with paint and color is a wonderful way to get comfortable with the medium, learning by doing. Through experimentation you'll gain experience.

In this class I'll share some simple tips and techniques for getting familiar with your paints and how they work. I'll take you through basic color mixing and demonstrate some fun exercises to get you thinking about how watercolor reacts with paper, water and other paint. Finally, I'll show you how I work to match colors when I'm preparing to paint a botanical watercolor piece.

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Anne Butera

watercolor artist, pattern designer

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The beginning of my story might sound similar to yours. When I was a child I loved to make things, but as I grew up I "learned" I wasn't good at art and stopped making it.

But that's not the end of my story.

As an adult I eventually realized something was missing from my life and I began to play with the idea of learning how to paint. I was encouraged by the example of other artists who had begun their creative journeys as adults with no formal training. Their stories gave me confidence to try.

When I started out learning how to paint I didn't know where to start. I learned by doing (and by failing and trying again).

It's been a long road, but today I work as a watercolor artist.

My art has been featured in magazines and books. My pai... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Color gives life to watercolor paintings. Getting to know your colors, and how the paint acts and reacts can be daunting when you're just starting out, but it needn't be. Hi, I'm Anne Butera, I'm the artist behind the website and blog, My Giant Strawberry. I'm a self-taught painter, known primarily for my detailed botanical watercolor paintings. I'm passionate about sharing what I've learned over the years and encouraging your joyful creativity. There are many great resources out there that will teach you about the color wheel and color theory in a technical, scientific way, outlining the rules of color and how to use them. This isn't one of them. Instead, we'll play and experiment and see where color takes us. Well let paint be our guide, and build up experience in an easy, fun way. In this class, I'll show you how to make color charts and how to mix a myriad of colors from just a few basics. I'll demonstrate how to mix colors on your palate and on paper. We'll try wet on wet and wet on dry techniques. Finally, I'll show you how I take a botanical subject and mix colors to match. I want you to trust nature and trust your eye. Playing with color can be a lifelong adventure. Let's get started. Click "Enroll" and I'll see you in the first lesson. 2. Developing a Color Practice: Your sketchbook is the perfect place to test and play with your watercolor paints. If you do swatches to keep track of every color that you have, you can compare them and know which colors you want to use. It's also good to test it out with varying amounts of water so you can see how the colors change. We're going to be doing some mixes like this, taking just two or three colors and making lots of different options and it's a really fun exercise to see how many different colors you can create from a very limited palette. You don't need very many colors when you're doing watercolor painting. It's good to keep track of any projects that you do, testing out your colors and writing down your mixes, just playing with color and making different shapes or testing out what the paints will look like in different configurations, either as plants, as swatches, quick sketches. I like to take my colors, make swatches of them, and then also do some quick sketches in watercolor and ink just to get to know the colors and see if I've chosen the right ones. The paint looks different once it's dried. So that's nice too, to see how it's going to dry and what looks different. Taking all of your different colors of one shade and comparing them side-by-side is nice too because there's such a variety. You'll get to know your colors and you won't have to consult your sketch book, but it's nice to have there. The sketchbook is just for you, it's a place to play. It doesn't matter how it looks, as long as you're enjoying it and as long as it's going to be useful for you, because it's good to keep track of what the colors look like and have that as a reference. Another option that you have is using little scraps of paper. I love taking the pieces I've trimmed off of watercolor paintings and just using them to test out my colors. Again, since the colors look different once they're dried, it's nice to do that before I start my painting to see what the colors are going to look like. In the next lesson, we'll talk about materials. See you there. 3. Materials: One of the nice things about watercolor is that you don't need a lot of supplies and materials. You're going to need paints. Here, you can see my preferred pan watercolors. If you use liquid or two paints, that's okay too. These are my pans. You can purchase them in ready-made sets. This one was originally a ready-made set that I've switched out some of the colors. One of them I lost, one of them I just never used. You can see some of these have been used a lot and are almost gone, and some not as much. So with your own painting practice, you'll get to determine what colors work best for you. It's helpful if you write a little map of the colors, so you know what their names are. That can help you get to know your paints. In these two other pallets, I've just created colors as I've collected them. This one was an empty pallet that I filled. This is Windsor and Newton paint. Just as I collected different colors, I added them to this pellet. In this palette I adapted for use with this Yarka watercolor pans. Actually, since they didn't have little wells for them, they glued the pans with hot glue gun. That way they don't move around when you're trying to mix the paint. So you need your paints. You don't need as many colors as this, as you'll see in one of the lessons. Really, you just need a few colors, and you can get lots of different colors from them. You're also going to need a pallet. Here's my palette with some paint in it. I like this one because it's large, and there's lots of room for different colors, and the wells are big, so you can mix a lot of paint at once. These smaller wells are also nice for mixing something that you're not going to need a lot of color and accent, or something like that. You're also going to need something to paint on, which is watercolor paper. Here, I have some pieces that are cut down for playing and experimenting. It's nice to have a small size. Also, I loved doing the swatch charts on just a small skinny piece of paper. So I hold onto all the trimmings and use those to keep track of my color mixes, and just to test them out. As you'll see, the colors dry differently than they look when they're wet. A sketchbook is also helpful for of course, keeping the different mixes and swatches, and just for playing. As you saw, I like to create pages like this, testing out colors and doing some quick sketches. So it's handy to have a sketchbook. You can do all of that on other pieces of paper. That's fine too. You'll also need some brushes. Larger brushes work well for color play because they hold more paint and water. Speaking of water, you'll need water. This is just a canning jar. This one I've used for lots of different paintings and it's stained. I've used acrylic paint, gouache, watercolor, all of that in there. Then, some paper towels for blotting, drying your brush, pulling off color. That's basically it. In the next lesson, we're going to get started playing with some paint. I'll see you there. 4. Getting to Know Your Colors: Swatches: An easy way to get started and get comfortable with your paint is to just test out the colors by creating swatches in a gradient like you saw in my sketchbook earlier. We're going to get started doing reds and I'm going to start by wetting my brush and then wetting the paint and getting the paint on the paper. We're going to be adding more water as it goes across the page. On the left side, it's going to be concentrated and on the right it's going to be thinned out. So I'll add a little more color to the end here so that it's a darker color. Then I'm going to move the paint across, push it from the lighter edge to the darker edge, just to continue that nice gradient. I'm going to do this with each of my reds, as a nice comparison. With watercolor, unlike with other paints, if you want a lighter version of the color, you don't add white paint, you add more water. If you're going to be painting white in a painting, you're going to use the white of the paper as your white. It's one of the main differences with watercolor that you'll need to get used to if you've been painting with other paints. So this is a nice way to get used to your colors. The video cut there because I went and rinsed out my brush and got some new clear water. You don't want the paint to be mixing because you want the pure color. It's very rare that I use color directly from my palette, like I'm doing here. I almost always mix the colors and even if I'm going to be using just one color, I will transfer it to my palette to work from there. That keeps my pens cleaner and it just gives me more control and it keeps all of my colors in one place when I'm working on a painting. You can see here some of these reds are on the cooler side and some of them are on the warmer side and they will mix differently with other colors because of their individual tones. Then after I have painted all of these colors on my page, I will write the names of the colors on top of them, so I will know which ones are which. That's good for you to do. If you're doing in your sketch book, if you're doing it on a card like this, either way, just keeping track so you'll know, ''I need a warm red," and you can choose one. This red that I just did here is on the more purpley side. It's a very deep color. You don't need this many different reds in your toolbox. You can get some similar results by adding other colors, warming things up with a warm yellow, just a tad added, or cooling them down by adding just a little bit of blue. But here you can see all of the pure colors. These are all going to dry slightly different than they look right now. I love the look of the wet paint and sometimes wish that watercolors could retain that depth and luminosity of their wet versions. I often get the darker tones by layering color, but it still isn't quite the same as the wet colors. So you can see there's quite a difference in each of these reds. That's one of the nice things about doing something like this. Here's my dried test sheet for other reds. You can see the colors are slightly duller than when they were wet. I went ahead and wrote the names of the paints on the sheet so that it'll be a nice reference. So I can come back and remember what the different colors look like because the paint colors in the pans don't always look the way they look on paper. Some of the color spread into the pale areas more than others. This top one, I had a lot of paint, but you can see some remained fairly pale at the ends. This is a nice resource. Taking a look at these reds like this, it also shows you how just the diluted red paint won't give you a really brilliant pink. That's one of the colors. In addition to having a red, a yellow, a blue, or a couple of each of those, you'll also, if you want to paint pink flowers, especially, it's nice to have a few pinks in your palette. In the next lesson, we'll get started doing some color mixing. See you there. 5. Mixing: a Limited Palette: I mentioned in an earlier lesson that you don't really need very many colors when you're painting with watercolor, and you will see why in this lesson. We're going to do some color mixes. We're going to mix the colors on the palette, but I'm also starting out painting some swatches of the pure color at the top of this page. You could do this in your sketch book and definitely there are so many mixes that are possible that you might want a larger space to work on. We're just going to start out small, and I'm going to just show you an example of how we're going to do some mixes. Now we're starting with blue and yellow. Those are going to be the main colors. I'm also going to show you how adding red to the colors that you've mixed with this blue and yellow will change how they look. We're primarily going to be getting some greens and earth tones. Now to this yellow that I've added on my palette, I'm going to mix a little tiny bit of blue to start creating a green. This is going to be very yellowy kind of green. Dab some of the color onto the paper, rinse your brush, and then we're going to add a little bit more blue. We're going to be slowly adding color and seeing how the mix changes as the concentration of blue increases. You can get lots of different colors from just two colors. Here I'm going to add a tiny bit of yellow to this blue. You can see that it's not quite green yet. It's a teal color. Rinse your brush, add some more blue. I want to keep it more on the blue side, see how dark we can get. That's what you can do with this exercise. If you think you've added a little too much of one color, you can compensate by adding more of the other because it's hard to get exact amount when you're mixing. Add a little bit more blue to this mix of yellow and blue. You can see the colors are moving towards one another, but still there's a lot of difference between these swatches. You can see. If you chose different colors to use for your mixes, a different yellow and a different red, you would get slightly different results with your mixes made from them. I'm going to start another well with some yellow. Sometimes it's better if you want a lighter mix to start a new mix instead of continuing to add more paint. Add some blue here. You can just continue like this, adding more of one more of the other, experimenting and seeing where your colors will take you. These greens are very yellowy greens that we're mixing here, because there's a lot of yellow and not as much blue. There are just so many options, so many different possibilities of colors you can come up with even just mixing the yellow and the blue together. It's more yellow to a deep teal color. All of these swatches I'm painting are fairly intense. They are not very diluted, so they are going to be darker. You could do variations on a larger sheet of paper with different amounts of water to see how they would look, they would get paler and paler. Adding some more blue back into the darker mix. You can see the variations we have here. Now we're going to start adding a little bit of red to our mixes. So little red to the pale yellowy green. We get a coppery color. A light brown tan. We're on the orangery side. Add just a tad of red to the very pale color we have here and that's a mustardy color. All these colors will dry differently. After I've finished showing you the different mixes, I'll show you the colors dried. I just want at first add a little bit of red to this blue color, just a little bit of red, and it takes us down to a deep dark gray. Then I'm going to wet my brush and have a less concentrated swatch here. That's the same color mix and here, oops, there's a little red that got picked up from the edge of my water jar. Gives us another color option too. Add a little more red to the mix. It gets even darker, part of a warm deep gray, little on the purple side because of the red and the blue, almost brownish too. Yellow, blue and red mixed together will either give you brown or gray or many combinations in between as you can see. More red to the yellowy greeny color. It's even more of a copper tone. Some of these colors in my sketchbook, these coppery rusty colors that I get with mixes like this are perfect for when I'm painting clay pots for potted plants. I like to do a lot of house plant portrait, botanical paintings and these kinds of mixes. A lot of yellow, a little bit of blue, and some red mixed together give you really nice terracotta kinds of colors. Add a little more yellow to that mix of the blue and red and yellow. You can see how it changes that grayish color. A little more blue to the top mix. See they're getting closer but they're not quite the same color, so deeper brown. So many different possible browns you can create. It's really fun to go through the spectrum coming up with as many as you can. More blue to the top. Now it's getting more to a deep gray but you can see it's almost brownish gray. Nice deep color, a warm gray. Here it is with less painting, more water, nice transparent example. We'll do that with these other colors too, nice light grays. We'll do a few more mixes. Some more blue takes us to a deep bluish-gray, and you can just keep doing this. Keep adding more of one or more of the other seeing how the additions change your colors. Here adding some more yellow to that top corner mix. That's like a dark mustard. You can see the greenish undertones warmed up, more yellow to that one. You can see on the palette the greenish undertones of that. Some nice almost khaki colors I would say. Of course, you don't need to name the colors. There's such variations, and that one is a nice green, the darker green. If we add some more red to that, we're running out of room on our paper, it gives a nice brown. There are a lot of different mixes in just three colors. Now, our paint is dry. You can see on the palette, some of the mixes were separating after they dried. It looks like the red doesn't really want to stay incorporated. It's interesting how some paints work like that. But on the paper for the most part, the colors stayed mixed. You can see a little bit the red is slightly out of the mix on a couple of these pale grays. If you look at my sketch book, there are other colors that do that. This beautiful cobalt turquoise color will separate, which will give you some interesting effects. These are similar mixes to what we did. If you have more than one blue and yellow, it's fun to do mixes like these and see how many colors you can create. Now that we tried mixing colors on the palette, we're going to do another experiment mixing colors on the paper. So I'll see you there. 6. Mixing: Paint on Paper: A fun color mixing exercise is to mix paints on the paper. In the last lesson, we were mixing in the palette and here I'm going to show you how you can experiment with doing different mixes on the page. I'm starting off with some orange. I'm going to take another color of orange and place that on the page just touching that first color. We'll see how the colors flow from one to the other, how they mix, what differences we're going to get. Another way of doing the mix is to take these same two colors and totally mix them together in one space on the paper. We'll see once they dry, how things will look. How the mixes will continue adding some yellow to touch that second orange we painted. The colors will flow and move in different ways. I'm just going to keep experimenting, keep playing here without much of a plan just to see how things are going to work. Here's some red, I'm keeping the palette fairly limited here, reds and oranges and yellows. Now, here's some yellow I'm going to touch that read and watch that red flow right into the yellow. Some colors really want to mix with one another and some colors don't. It's interesting to see the differences.I'm going to take this yellow and then the red and mix them together on the paper. You can see the top that red want to move to the yellow and here they're mixed together. One of the reasons when I'm painting my botanicals, if I'm working on the petals of a flower or a stem attached to a flower, I don't want to work while the paint is still wet in the first area because the paint will want to flow from one space to another. You'll lose the distinctiveness of the one color or the shape of a petal, then it'll all flow together and become one. Some artists like to work with that flow and I prefer to keep things more distinct, more detailed. Of course, it's entirely up to you, it's your preference, how you'd like to work. But this just shows you the reason why I like to keep the wet paint separate from other wet paint. We'll look at the yellow flowing into the orange, the orange flowing into the yellow, orange flowing into orange. So interesting to see how the colors will mix and flow. That's really the point of this experiment to get comfortable to see how things work. Mixing the colors together on the page. Another option you have is to paint one layer of color and then paint another color on top of that once it's dried instead of the wet on top of the wet, and it will play around with different wet and dry techniques in following lessons. Of course, you can experiment on a larger page too. Whoa, look at that flow. That color really wants to go into that yellow. We're losing the distinctiveness of the yellow. Even though my yellow paint was pretty saturated and pretty wet, that color just wanted to flow in there. We'll see, it may dry differently. Just touch it very slightly and we'll see how that flows. It still wants to move, the color is on the move. But as I was saying, a larger page will give you more space to experiment. You could do larger swatches, different shapes and watch that red flowing into that yellow. Here's the dried color mixes on the paper. There's not a significant difference, the colors are slightly duller. Some of the distinctiveness between the colors where they hadn't fully mixed gets lost when they're dried. But you can still see how the colors have flowed and not totally mixed, which can be a great thing to use in your paintings, giving interest to areas either for shadows or highlights. Of course, you can try this with lots of different colors with larger shape, maybe painting a large swath of color and then just taking a brush and getting very close with another color and just seeing how the colors mix. How they relate to one another, do they mix, which direction did they flow, it's a fun experiment. In the next lesson, we'll do some other color mixing, doing some layering, and seeing how those colors mix. I'll see you there. 7. Layering: Wet on Wet: I'm going to try another experiment with wet paint on top of wet paint. I'm going to start out this one painting some yellow. We're going to paint bands of color across the page and a slight gradient like we did with the reds in that earlier lesson. Just paint your color across the page. You can use yellow, you can use other colors, if you don't have a lot of one, a lot of different paints of one color you can use different colors, it's really up to you. What kinds of paint you have, how you want to experiment, and like with the reds that I painted earlier, you can see differences in these colors of yellow. Some are warmer, some are cooler, some are more concentrated, some are more opaque, and you'll get to learn your paints and know what reactions they will have on your paper. This one is very light and transparent, so I need to add more color to it. I have room for one more stripe. Now that they are all laid out on my paper, I'm going to layer them with blue, cup them clean water and I'll start. There's not as much room this way across for as many colors, so I'm going to just use a few blues. I'm just going to go across once with each color. I'm not going to have multiple movements of the brush, that would cause more mixing, I want to keep this organic and let it do it's own thing. You can see that the blue is flowing into the yellow mostly at the bottom of the page where the paint on the brush is wetter and more concentrated. We'll see how these all end up dying. Here's our dried experiment with the wet on wet layering. You can see the colors are fairly pale. There was a little mixing, a little flowing, and it seems that in some places of the blue leaches out into the yellow and some the yellow really wants to leach out into the blue. You can try this with all sorts of colors, we only did one movement of the brush. You might want to try it with multiple movements, seeing if it mixes the colors more. You can try other layering directly on top, how we did those circles. There's lots of options but this just gives you an idea of how the wet paint layers on wet paint. Have some interesting things going on there. In the next lesson, we're going to layer wet paint on dry paint and see how that works, so I'll see you there. 8. Layering: Wet on Dry: For this exercise, we're going to do something similar to what we've already done in terms of painting lines and then painting on top of those lines, but instead of painting wet paint on top of wet paint, we're going to paint wet paint on top of dry paint. So I'm going to paint these lines, let them dry and then do our next colors on top. For this one, I'm going to choose pinks and purples, one thing that I've learned with color mixing is that pinks are very hard to achieve just by lightening your reds. Although we can get some fairly light colors that way, they are not the beautiful pinks that I wanted to use in my watercolor paintings, so I needed to supplement my palette with some pinks. I'll share all the colors, these pink colors, in the handout so you can see which ones I prefer using. You can see they all are slightly different, some are more purpley. I'm just going to paint swatches across, and this time I'm not really trying for a gradient. I'd like it to be pretty even and I'm painting fairly fat lines here. They're fairly dark too because I want to really see how these colors will look once I layer another color on top of them. So I filled up this page with the pinks and I'm going to let that dry. While we're letting that dry, I'm going to do another page, this time with greens. I've sped this up because we're doing the same sort of thing that we've already done. So here are the greens in my palette. Although you can get very many greens from blue and yellow, I like having some additional green colors to use in my paintings. Some greens look very artificial and don't work very well in botanical painting so I'm always on a quest to find natural beautiful grains. You can see how many different, very different, shades of green I have. This one's a very blue green. I rarely use this one. I think it's emerald green. It doesn't really work for leaves, and this one is Russian green, probably my favorite green. It's fun to mix it. That, with some red, makes a beautiful dark green and a little more red makes a very beautiful brown. We've got our greens and let that dry. Now that these pinks are dried, I come back and I'm going to paint blues over the top of them. Blue added to pink will change the color, could be some purpley colors or if it's just a little bit, it will just cool off your pink, but here, they're not going to mix so much as just be layered, transparent color over those pinks. I'm trying a few different blues to see what colors we're going to get. In my paintings, I always use very many layers to create the depth of color that I want, and sometimes I'll add a different color in my layers to either warm things up or cool them down, have a hint of a shadow perhaps. It's nice to see what kinds of effects you're going to get layering the wet paint on top of the dry because again, it's not really going to mix. That dry paint is pretty stationary. Almost coming up with a plad here, just one more across the page. We'll take a look and see how our layers have dried. Okay, here are our dry wet on dry experiments. You can see I went ahead and painted the blue lines like I did with the pink on top of my green swatches. So unlike the wet on wet, where the colors bled and mixed, these colors remain distinct, and because water color is transparent, you can see each color just layered on top of one another. This is really useful if you're doing shadows in a painting using a watery mix of either blue or gray or purple to give the hint of a shadow. It's also great for changing the tone of a color. For example, if you're painting a leaf and it's looking a little too cool, if you add a warmer color like a yellow or yellowish green like this one on top, it will warm up the tones. So play around with this, see how different colors look on top of one another. Of course, if you use less paint, the color will dominate the color beneath less than if you use a mix with a saturated amount of paint and less water. So play around and see what you can come up with. In the next lesson, we're going to do some other color mixing with a more practical purpose. So I'll see you there. 9. Matching Colors an Example: Now I'm going to move into matching colors. Here I have a stem and some flowers from my lipstick plant, and I'm going to match the colors for a painting and show you how I do it. First, I just will look at the colors that are involved. I see that I'm going to need a couple of greens, some yellow, orange, and a deeper reddish color. We're going to get started with the yellow here. Looks like a warm yellow to me so I'm starting with this warm deep color of yellow. I rub my brush against the color and then transfer it to my palette. I'm going to add a little bit of orange to that yellow to deepen it because I think by itself it's not quite a deep enough color. Again, wetting my brush, rubbing against the paint, and then rubbing it on my palette. I'm going to tackle this orange next, starting with a reddish orange. I've recently started mixing my colors with a brush, that is not one of my favorite brushes. It's a little easier on your brushes if you don't use them for mixing. Getting plenty of this red orange onto my palette, and now I'm going to get some, let's see, some of that lighter orange and mix that. I know that in a painting I will let the colors mix a little bit as well. Here I'm going to add some yellow. I'm using some of the same colors for these two different colors, it helps to unify the painting. Now, just a little red in there. I want it to be a nice deep reddish orange, warm and golden undertones. Now my darker color. Since it's only an accent, I'm going to make a small well of the color starting out with a dark red. Let's see adding some of this other. It looks lighter on the paint, but it's actually a deeper color. I'm going to add some of that as well, just to darken it. So a couple of reds and now let's see, a little bit of orange just to warm it up a bit. Then smooth this purpler color. Deep winey purpler color to deepen it a little bit more. I've got some clean water and I will move onto the greens. I'm starting out with the limy color green that I see where the flower meets the stem. I'm using the limy green. But just like we mixed all those colors with the red, yellow, and blue, I could mix blue and yellow but I'm going to start with this limy color and add some of that same deep warm yellow. Because this green is very yellowy, a bit lime but very warm. Now we're going to do the darker green and I'm going to start with my favorite green, the Russian green, that I like to use and get plenty of that onto my palette. Again, you can start with blue and add some yellow. Here I'm going to add some of the limy green to warm up that green because I see lighter tones in the leaves and some yellow. I'm using that yellow and every one of the colors, except the deep red, so we'll have some nice unity within these colors. Little more of the limy color, I don't want it to be too dark. I think we're getting close. Now, I'm going to do some swatches on a scrap of paper to see how my colors will look dried. Using one of my nicer brushes, I'll start from the light color and move to darker. I'm just going to make some round swatches. Make sure I get plenty of paint. I won't always be using it quite so thickly on my painting, but I want to see how it's going to look. Some of the orange. Again, the colors look different on the palette, wet on the paper, and then dried on the paper so it's good to get the swatches painted so you can compare. I wasn't quite sure how dark that red would be on the paper, but it's coming out nice and dark. I'm going to paint the greens on here. See how that limy color is looking. Nice, warm color and then maybe just a little more. You can really see the yellow undertone in there, now my green. I'm liking how these look. Now we'll let it dry. The mixes I did to match this plant have dried, I'm going to take a look at this orange. My orange is very pale, and in my painting how I would use the color would be to do some layering although perhaps I need to choose some other colors. I can go back to this sheet and see which ones, I like this. It might just be because my color was still pretty wet. When I'm working on my paintings, I like to have had the paint on my palette dry because I can get a thicker mix then, so let's see how this paint is on here. Just do a swatch. Actually that isn't too bad. I think my mix was just too watery. You can see there's a big difference and that is just due to the amount of water in the mix. I'm still liking this, I think that's going to work. This green, lets see. Just taking a look at the plant. This limy color green is where the flower connects to the stem and this little seat that the flower is hooked into is really, that just came off, is really a yellowy green. It's really warm and I think this one will work well. On the paper I wasn't so sure about it, but looking carefully at the plant I think it'll work. My green, the main green, I like that too. I think it might be a little cool. During the painting, I might layer a little bit of another color on top of it, maybe even this limy green and that could warm up the leaf, just like I was talking about doing the wet and dry mixes to help change the tone but I'm pretty happy with these. I was also thinking that there are so many different ways to create colors for any painting. We didn't do a mix for a green, that was directly from a yellow and a blue. But if we look at this that I made earlier, maybe this mix with a lot more yellow and only a little bit of the blue would work for my limy green. I like this mix, that might be nice, just a tad more blue than in this one. That's another option too. Really, there are so many different ways to come up with colors for your paintings that I would love for you to experiment and see how many different possibilities you have. I'll talk about your project in the next lesson and then we'll be done. See you there. 10. Your Project: Now that I've shown you some examples of how to mix and play with color, I hope you're excited to begin experimenting. For your class project, you can choose any color play. Make a color chart, mix many colors from just a few. Mix on paper, or on your palette. Do wet on wet, or wet on dry. Make mixes to match a botanical or other subject. The choice is entirely up to you. I want this to be as fun as possible. Take a photo of what you create, and share it in your Class Project section. Thank you for taking this class. I'm excited to see what you create.