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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 )
LiluSkitten 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 Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Very helpful.
ThroughDifferentEyes Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have no idea how helpful this is XD
LittleAsura 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 Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very useful!
NekoGirl29 Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always have that moment when working with Acrylics where i mix the wrong color.

Hopefully this will help with that.
Charmed-Ravenclaw Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
The-Tiger-Thief Aug 30, 2012  Student Writer
This is been quite helpful. Thanks for sharing this :)
this is so simple and wonderful. thank you for posting this!!
lamorghana May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very very good. thanks
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