Koi Watercolors Color Mixing Chart

I was inspired recently by getting some tubes of Reeves Watercolor paint in my Christmas stocking to get out my Koi Watercolors Pocket Field Sketch Box, 24 Color Set and create a color chart. But it’s been about 18 years since my college art classes, so I kinda forgot how to set one up! So off to the Interwebs I went in search of instructions on how to create a basic color chart, and really liked this tutorial from Jenny’s Sketchbook: How To Make A Watercolor Chart.

So here is the fruit of my labor, I really like how it turns out. I think next time I may follow the steps linked at the bottom of this post to Susan Savad’s site – it incorporates white into each of the color mixes. But in the meantime, my color chart prettiness!

I wanted to use my custom-made 9′ x 6′ discbound sketchbook for the color chart, so couldn’t fit all 24 colors in my Koi set into a table that fit on the paper. I had to limit myself to 12 colors ( a difficult choice!), and then set up my paper with 12 rows and 12 columns. In the pic below, I’m using a piece of particle-board and some art clips I got at my local art supplies store, it’s perfect for projects like this!

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Koi Watercolors Color Chart

Being new to watercolors, it took me awhile to get the hang of mixing colors from pan paints like this, but I got there eventually!

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Almost finished here …. one thing I learned is I go through water like crazy. I ended up using one bowl to rinse most of the paint off, then another to do a final swipe before putting in the paint again. But still, I was refilling these CONSTANTLY.

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I also need to work on neater “boxes” cause mine were all sorts of messy! I also smeared the last three bottom labels on the bottom, and then tried to cover them with white paint, but then couldn’t write over them well, so they look terrible.

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The completed chart! I had such fun making this, the hours literally FLEW by. I’ll definitely refine my technique and do it again.

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Some other resources on making Watercolor Charts:

Also Useful: How to Mix Watercolor Paints

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