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MIXING WATERCOLOUR
Written by Barbara Simmons
www.artistbarbarasimmons.com
     

mixing on the palette
  When I first started painting, I learned to mix my colors on the palette.
     

looser mixing
  The colors could be applied to the paper in a light, middle, or dark value application, but they were even and flat in appearance. After a while, my mixing of colors became less homogeneous.


wet-in-wet on wet paper
  Soon, I was using more colors and the mixing became more and more relaxed. As I became familar with the colors, the actual mixing moved onto the paper. It started as a wet-in-wet mix.
     

heavier pigment into wet color
 
 

spattering into spattering
  Spattering was done on dry paper and additional colors were spattered into the wetness.
     

sponge painting into dry spatters
   
 

wet paint over dry color
  Glazing was another means to mix colors on the paper. If I could glaze in oils and acrylics, why not in watercolor?
     

wet-in-wet mix over dry color
   

   

drybrush over drybrush
  Textured areas of a painting could be done in drybrush application, one color at a time which is really glazing done in drybrush.
 

red into wet yellow
  Eventually, I discovered how to change the color dominance in a wet mix on the paper.
     

yellow into wet red