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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

Just like how this turned out.

Pretty colors, pleased with this.

Koi Watercolors Color Chart

Color chart of my Koi Watercolors Pocket Field Sketch Box set, 24 ct.

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Mmm, loving this 7×7 sketchbook!

A page spread in my Stillman and Birn Zeta Series 7×7 sketchbook. Loving the blues on these pages. Made with the Koi Watercolors Pocket Field Sketch Box set and outlined with Faber-Castell Pitt brush pens.

Koi Watercolors and the Stillman & Birn

Playing with my new Koi Watercolors Pocket Field Sketch Box and my Stillman & Birn Zeta 7×7 sketchbook. It really came together after I outlined it with my Faber-Castell Pitt brush pen.

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I adore these Koi Watercolors!

Playing with these amazingly bright Koi Watercolors. This ultramarine blue especially, mmmm.

 

Can you tell I like orange?

The Koi Watercolors Pocket Field Sketch Box set with my Kipling 100-pen set and my Lamy Safari Flame. Love how all the colors match, even though I got the items at separate times.