I made a few color wheels while following along with this class. The first one I made was very small, and I intentionally used the drop-in method with the M Graham watercolors to see how they would mix. So, for this one I set up a solid base of yellow (twice) and red (once), then dropped the other colors into that and didn't mix them, to see what they would do on their own.
I really enjoyed seeing the textures they made and the mixes they came up with without any intervention.
Then I made another small wheel, this time pre-mixing the colors before applying them, but also using only handmade watercolors paints from a few sources. The blue and the red are both from LetterSparrow on Etsy.
I loved the way that the colors separated here as they dried. They definitely didn't stay as solidly mixed as they were when I applied them, but the end results are very cool nevertheless!
Finally, I really applied myself and did the actual final project. I don't tend to have the patience for complete color swatch collections and mixing charts, so this was definitely a place where I was stretching myself. I enjoyed the end result, but I don't think I'll be adding it to my practice regularly. I'm just too impatient! :D I'd prefer to make an abstract painting with a couple colors to see what they do with each other than work so hard at making sure their wet parts never touch, but I definitely learned a lot through this method. :)
I decided to do two large wheels comparing two companies. I used Hansa Yellow Light, Quin Rose, and Phthalo Blue from Daniel Smith on this one. I used Quin Rose because it is in their six color mixing set, but I if I were to do it again, I would try Quin Pink instead.
And I compared that to QoR's Hansa Yellow Light, Quin Magenta, and Phthalo Blue.
Over all, I thought both large wheels were very versatile and produced a lovely, broad range of color. I definitely felt like the QoR colors ended up being more uniform than the DS ones, and that might be because they spread more enthusiastically. I enjoyed seeing the different textures that appeared in all the different brands, and I'm looking forward to playing around with more mixes, particularly with more unusual combinations! :)