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Spring Color Trends: Learn to Mix Inspiring Color Palettes in Watercolor

teacher avatar Irina Trzaskos, Watercolor Artist & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Spring Color Story #1

    • 4. Spring Color Story #2

    • 5. Spring Color Story #3

    • 6. Spring Color Story #4

    • 7. Spring Color Story #5

    • 8. Thank you!

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About This Class


In this class I am so excited to share with you color trends for the next few years and I can't wait to see what you will create with them!

During the class we will explore five trendy Spring Color stories, and I will teach you how to mix them in watercolor. Mixing colors is a great practice, it trains your eyes and makes you more familiar with the colors you have in your paint palettes.

If you have a different paint set than me, createa color wheel with your own paints and try to match the colors as close as you can,  If you are using some other media feel free to replicate this color palettes in the media you are using. 

In the Project and Resources of the class you will find some helpful materials.

Happy Color mixing!

xo Irina.

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1. Introduction: [MUSIC] Hi, I'm Irina Trzaskos, Watercolor Artist and Illustrator. Welcome to my Watercolor Channel. Here you will find a big collection of classes for beginners. [MUSIC] In today's class, I will share with your spring colored trends and how to mix them in watercolor. All my classes are filmed in real time so you can follow along, and if you're new to this channel, thank you for joining and welcome. Press the follow button on top and let's get started. 2. Supplies: [MUSIC] In this class will be using following supplies. Because it's a color mixing class, we won't have a lot of supplies. First, what we'll need, we'll need watercolor paper, and I suggest you to use for color mixing, the same paper you're usually using for your artwork so to make sure the mix feels right on that paper. I'll be using Canson paper. You can also make yourself a color journal also out of the same paper. I have a color journal for specific watercolors I use. This is my color journal, but I wanted to show you. First I research the colors, so then I try to mix them on another piece of paper and when I'm happy with the results, I would transfer it neatly into a color journal, so it's easy to use when I need a color story for my artwork. However, in this class, I'll be showing you how to mix these colors on small pieces of paper and I'll be showing you each color which we'll be using. That's about paper. For watercolor paint, I'll be using artistro watercolors. This is a travel set, and we have a regular set or I'll just use any watercolors you have. Before using watercolors, I like spraying them from spray bottle like this so it's easier to use. Also, of course, we'll need a paint palette with paint now, but we'll use, of course, a clean one. We'll need a paper towel and will be washing paint palette after every color story. I won't be showing it, but it'll be cleaned every time. Also I need three jars of water to ensure my brush is clean every time I go into watercolor to get a new color. Also for my paints, I made this chart, you suggest you do the same so it's exactly where the paint is situated each paint in this set has number. You can see them here, so besides the name, it has a number. When I transfer my pallets into my book, I just write the formula for each color. It's very convenient and fun. Also we need any brush you like for mixing. When experimenting those using a round brush, in the class I was using this flat brush it doesn't matter. If you'll be taking notes on numbers of the colors or names of the colors you'll need a pen or pencil. If you are using a different paints than I do in this class, I suggest you also to create a color circle to better understand how to substitute the colors which I'm using or find very similar colors. To understand that the color theory I suggest you to make your own color circle with the paints you have. How to do so you can find in my color mixing class basics, where I teach you how to mix any color you can think of. This is all what you'll need in this class. Let's get started. 3. Spring Color Story #1: [MUSIC] This spring color palette is very gentle and we'll be mixing other colors with a lot of water and just one color will be more solid than others. Let's get started. There are seven colors in this palette and I hope you enjoy it. Let's take some water and we'll start our first color, which is a mix of brilliant blue and orange, just a drop of orange, a teeny-tiny, don't overdo it with orange. Now let's add a lot of water to our mix, clean water. I hope you have a few jars with water on your table. We get this gentle purplish-gray. You can write the numbers under the color itself or you can put little smudges of color. This is brilliant blue and a tiny bit of orange to it. I usually put a number spot so you can see better the colors I'm putting the colors on. For next one, we'll have a warm shade of peach. [NOISE] We'll take some flesh. I sprayed my paint with water, so it's very wet. It's important to bring it to paint palette. To our flesh color, we'll add a drop of charissa where it's like a very bright magenta. Again, mix it with a lot of water and this is our next color. Beautiful. Make sure you wash your brush, dry it in a paper towel and let's put our colors here. Flesh and a little bit of this bright magenta, which is called charissa, I think here it's number 22 in this palette. For the next color, we'll be mixing three types of green. We'll be mixing leaf green, make sure you wash your brush very well, olive green, and pink green. For this complex, beautiful shade of green. I think we have enough water here. All right. But if your color is too dark, add more water. This is our beautiful green color. Here we have three types of green; leaf green, olive green, and pink green. If you don't have these colors, try to find something similar to mix this color. Next, we'll get into pink. For our pink we'll mix our permanent red, which is number 16 in this palette. Oh no, number 16, I think it's permanent red. Mix permanent red with number 12, which is vermilion, well, whatever your palette is saying. We have permanent red and vermilion here, what a beautiful pink color. We mix it with a lot of water. Very nice, brush and you'll see how wonderful it is when it dries. If you want it to be a little warmer, you'll add more vermilion and if you want it a little colder, you'll mix more permanent red, which in this palette looks pretty much like carmine or any cold red. Here we have this cold red, which is called permanent red here and a vermillion which is right next to it, which is a warmer shade of red. For the next color, let's mix some dark green. For that, I'll take a blackish green, which is number 49 here. Now we won't be adding a lot of water, so let's take more paint. That's called blackish-green here, [NOISE] it's very dark. We'll mix it with cobalt blue. It is beautiful. [NOISE] Wonderful. Let's see, very nice rich green. We have blackish-green here and cobalt blue. Next color, we'll mix some violet with lots of water. It's number 34 here. In my color journal I usually just put the number center onto the dots of a color because they seem to be a little distracting when I want to see just the colors. Mix some violet with brilliant blue. Make sure you have more violet than blue in this one and we'll add water, [NOISE] clean water. Let's see the color, don't run away. Nice. Here we have violet and brilliant blue and water, of course. In the last color, we'll be mixing mauve with water, [NOISE] clean water, of course. Add it from cherissa or this brightest cordon pink. Make sure you have more mauve than cherissa. [NOISE] Again, lots of clean water. We want to have a very pale, more of color for our gentle flowers of spring. Here we have mauve and cherissa. I hope I pronounce it right. This is our spring color story. [MUSIC] 4. Spring Color Story #2: [MUSIC] This spring color story doesn't have a lot of colors, but they're all beautiful and strong and will make an impact in your illustration or artwork. First column we'll be mixing is deep yellow with some violet. Deep yellow is number 5 in this palette, and violet is 34, is next to. Be careful with violet, just put one little drop because it tends to overpower any color. Stick some more deep yellow, just in case we need more colors or more paint. Let's try again a drop of violet and deep yellow. Add a little more yellow, so it's not too brown and sunnier, very nice color. Here, we have deep yellow mostly and a little bit of violet. Next color is another yellow, and for this yellow we'll mix lemon yellow with a little bit of orange. Orange is number 10 here. This is too much orange, let's add some more yellow. Beautiful. This is the second yellow and you can see how beautifully they complement each other. For example, if you are painting a flower, you could use both in the same flower. Here we have lemon yellow, add a little bit of orange. Next, we need to make some pink, and for that we'll use brilliant red, which is a warmer shade of red with some cerise, which is like a very bright magenta. Make sure the proportion is more equal. Now let's add lots of water and have a beautiful, beautiful pink. Here, we mixed a very warm red with cerise, which is a very bright magenta. Next, we'll have two types of blue, so if you make greenery blue, then you'll have two variations of blues. For our first one, we'll mix ultramarine with turquoise. There's a lot of water in that one. Let's pick another one. Let's take some ultramarine and some turquoise. For this one, we need to have more ultramarine than turquoise, but still almost equal proportions. Let's mix some more color so you can see this beautiful, beautiful blue. You see how rich it is? Very nice. Here, we have turquoise and ultramarine. Now, to the same mix, let's add a little bit of violet. Not too much because if we remember, it overpowers everything. We'll get our second blue just a little colder, and depending on how much water you add, it's darker. You'll have two variations of blues in your artwork for this one. Here, we have turquoise, ultramarine, and little bit of violet. The last color is so beautiful, I love it, it's orange red. It's earthy, so it will complement nicely with blues and gentle pink, so it's orange red, which is number 11 here, and to this orange red, we'll add just a drop of ultramarine to balance. This is too much. Let's add some more orange red. Perfect. This is our last color in the spring color story. Here, we have orange red. We have a tiny drop of ultramarine, like this. [MUSIC] 5. Spring Color Story #3: This spring color palette is very cheerful and happy. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do. For my first color, we'll mix lemon yellow with some gray. [MUSIC] It may sound weird, but it looks so beautiful and it makes total sense when you paint spring illustrations. Gray gives this settle greenish color. I'll have a little bit of gray and a lot of lemon yellow [MUSIC]. Here we have lemon yellow and a little bit of gray, which is number 60 in this palette. The next color is another shade of yellow. But for this one, we'll be using a deep yellow with gray. We'll be diluting with a lot of water. [MUSIC] We get another very gentle yellow. Here, we have deep yellow with gray and water. Next, we'll get into the green. The green will be mixing cobalt blue and a little bit of gray and lemon yellow. Let's add a little bit more cobalt blue. We get this beautiful, almost glowing green. Here, we have mostly cobalt blue, lemon yellow, and little bit of gray. Next to the same mixture, let's add some turquoise. [NOISE] I think I took too much turquoise, so let's add some more cobalt blue, more lemon yellow, more turquoise again; all trial and error, and a little bit of gray. Here is our spring beautiful blue. Pretty much it's the same mixture just turquoise in it. Nice and fresh. What do we have? Cobalt blue, lemon yellow, gray a little bit, and turquoise. Beautiful. For the next color, we need more. We've lots of water. Add a drop of [inaudible] or a bright magenta, whichever you have. [MUSIC] I get this beautiful lavender color. I have morph and a bright magenta and water, of course. Now let's get into [inaudible] colors. I'll take permanent red, which is code a shade of red in this palate. If you don't have it, you can use Carmen or any code shade of red you have and flesh which a good [inaudible] here. Mix those together. And we don't dilute it with a lot of water this time. I get this rich beautiful orange red. [MUSIC] We have our shade of red, which is called permanent red here, and flesh. For the next color, I just use patala blue, which works very well in this part. If you don't have patala blue, just straight from the palette, you can mix a violet with viridian. [MUSIC] If you don't have this color right into your palette, which is number 42 in this one, you can use a violet with a viridian. This one. Those two colors will give you this color. The last color is another deep yellow. I'll take deep yellow and to make it even deeper, we'll add complimentary color to it, which is a violet. Just a drop. [MUSIC] Too much of violet [inaudible]. Let's take more yellow. The last color is this deep beautiful yellow. This is another spring color study. For the last color, I used deep yellow and a little bit of violet. Beautiful. [MUSIC]. 6. Spring Color Story #4: [MUSIC] This spring color study will have everything: will have gentle colors, will have deeper colors, bright, and few shades of green. It's a very fun and a rich color palette and I hope you'll enjoy it. First color I want to mix is yellow, orange and for that we'll be mixing lemon yellow with orange. This time we'll keep it more on the orange side, like this. Looks like a beautiful apricot. Here we have a yellow and orange. Next color is gentle blush and that we'll mix Teresa with orange and water. Remember that watercolor gets lighter after it dries. It looks darker now but after it dries, it will be lighter. We have Teresa and we have orange and water of course. Next one is a strong color. Its orange, red color and for that we'll be mixing permanent red with orange. We are taking cold shade of red, we'll add some orange to it, and a little bit of lemon yellow for brightness. I think it needs a little more permanent red, whichever you feel like, follow your intuition. Now I think it needs a little more orange. This looks brilliant. Next let's dive into cooler colors and for our first green we'll be mixing grass green with peak green. Grass green is this one Number 44. If you have a classic green that's the grass green in this part. You can see it's very serious, way too serious for spring. That's why we'll be mixing it with some pink green. Here it is. Then notice I forgot to put the colors here so we have permanent red, we have orange, and we have a little bit of lemon yellow and here we have grass green. Just put it down, so we're going to do it with some pick green which is very bright. Next to this mix which already have our greens, we'll add also another green which is a leaf green, very bright and cheerful. This is another green we'll have in this palette. Somehow I have three ingredients in one mix grass green, peak green and leaf green, like this. We'll have yet another shade of green, which we'll mix some grass green which is colder. I mean the green which we'll obtain is colder so I will take some grass green and mix it with cobalt blue, unusual, and we get this beautiful almost sage complex color. It's grass green with cobalt blue. Next we need a couple neutrals for this palette and we need one neutral and also I want to add a neutral yellow. For neutral, I want to mix brown and for that I won't be taking a brown from the palette, I'll be using deep yellow. This is our deep yellow and I will be mixing it with deep purple. Now I need more yellow. It's always a balancing. This is our brown, it's like raw sienna. If you want to make it darker you would put more deep purple and raw sienna. We have deep yellow and deep purple which looks like this. Now in this mix we'll add some lemon yellow. We'll get our neutral yellow shade which works with other colors. For this color, we have a deep yellow, deep purple, and lemon yellow. This is our spring color study which is rich and colorful [MUSIC] 7. Spring Color Story #5: [MUSIC] This pink color story is pretty 80 and little cool like a spring morning. I'll start with the pink for that will mix brilliant red, which has some Number 16. [NOISE] I will mix it with some two reds here. Mix two reds pretty much rhythm magenta. I will mix it a lot of clean water, of course. We'll get our first color which is a very gentle pink. We have brilliant red here and [inaudible], which is a bright magenta and water, of course. Then we need to make some first blue for better and for that we'll be using aqua blue. [NOISE] These beautiful color. We'll mix it with some light green, which looks like it requires mixed with white. Here we have blue and light green mix. For the first yellow will be mixing lemon yellow with deep yellow. Again, we're keeping it on the cooler side of lemon yellow. [NOISE] You can see how these colors work well together. So fresh. We have lemon yellow and deep yellow in the same mix. However, we want to add a little bit of earthiness, such as this mix. I imagine a little bit of violet. I don't have much yellows left, so let's add some more paint to this mix. I have deep yellow, lemon yellow, [NOISE] and a drop of violet. These are some earthiness to our color palette. Just a little bit we could do it even a little darker. Let's try. Just a tad darker could be branches of these was to just and darker shades to this yellow depending on your artwork. I have lemon yellow, deep yellow and a little bit of violet here. [NOISE] Then we'll have a series of blues, this one is blue. It's going to be a mix of blue. We have some teal blue [NOISE] Beautiful, nice and rich. I have blue which already used here. Let's add some water to this mixture and we'll add, have another hue of the same color. Like this very gentle, beautiful. It's the same mixture just of water. Also in yet I reach a dark colors for the accents and provide will be mixing some pastel blue, not lots of water. Pastel blue and to make it even richer and darker we'll add some violet to it. [MUSIC] We get this dark, beautiful a little bit violet pastel blue color. I have to pastel blue here and some violet. Also for this paint palette, very nice at look to leave some white space. It says white show white. This is another string color story. [MUSIC] 8. Thank you!: Thank you for joining me in this class. I hope I encourage you to mix some colors with me. If you like the class, please leave a review and upload the project to your project section section on a class. If you're sharing your beautiful color palettes in the Instagram please tag me so I can see your beautiful artwork. I'll see you in my next class. Bye.