Color Mixing Wheels

Color Mixing Wheels - student project

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.

Color Mixing Wheels - image 1 - student project

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.

Color Mixing Wheels - image 2 - student project

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.

Color Mixing Wheels - image 3 - student project

And I compared that to QoR's Hansa Yellow Light, Quin Magenta, and Phthalo Blue.

Color Mixing Wheels - image 4 - student projectOver 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! :)