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Practical Colors Tutorial by KelliRoos Practical Colors Tutorial by KelliRoos
Practical Traditional Paint Color Mixing Tutorial

I made this with my watercolors, but it can be used as a guide for acrylic paints and oil paints.

I had a very hard time with watercolors for a very long time. When I started reading websites and books on some color mixing techniques, it started to click. This is my small contribution to the community that will hopefully be of some value.

Update 28-10-07
Tweaked some readability issues
Gave some suggestions on other common names for the paints I recommended
Added a mini description on how to mix color progression samples

Additional Resources
New to watercolors? Check out this news article for some great dA resources.
handprint - an exhaustive watercolor resource
Don't know the names of your colors? try these steps and discover the perfect mix of your colors.


EDIT OMG a DD?! I am honored that =IBinsanity and ^bleedsopretty felt this would be valuable to share in this manner.
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Given 2007-10-23
It seems on dA that people who want to learn painting can be overwhelmed with tutorials that presume a foreknowledge of colour theory, and most of the colour theory tutorials on dA are very technical. Practical Colors Tutorial by *leftyfro assumes no previous learning - it's nice, simple, basic, and very in-depth, teaching how to mix any colour that the average painting student would ever need. ( Suggested by tiganesc and Featured by bleedsopretty )
hannanothannah58 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial! Wish I had this when I was first starting out with traditional painting! :)
PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Excellent tutorial; easy to follow and understand, and gives beginners some great information. :D
ObeBradford Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is brilliant. Thank you. :)
wannabeartist65 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is so simple and easy to understand! thank you so much. This will be my bible. I was able to print it after all.
wannabeartist65 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this looks amazing to me. I am just beginning watercolour and the colour mixing is very confusing. is it possible for me to print this or to get a copy of it. I cant seem to do that in this format.
LiluSkitten Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This was very helpful! I am a digital artist and I am trying my hand at watercolor, so I understand color balance... but this opened my eyes a bit more!

Thanks for the help!
haimokochan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Very helpful.
ThroughDifferentEyes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have no idea how helpful this is XD
LittleAsura Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Could this work also for cake paints? I'm afraid that the color won't be as vivid as that, and it'll leave a very pale and vague mark instead of a vibrant color.
User-404 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very useful!
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