With the Live Version of my Watercolour course starting next week (I can’t wait) it was time on Monday to get my dedicated Watercolour palette out, clean it and top up the colours.
And in doing so I decided that it would be fun for me, as I revisit the exercises in the course, to make a few tweaks. And so I’ve changed a few colours so that I can explore the differences from the original selection.
I still love the four paints that I’ve removed and as you can see in the photo, I’ve topped them up so that they are ready to use as well (especially during the weekly livestreams).
Note: If you’re doing the course for the first time (if you want to get the same results as mine) I continue to recommend that you use the original Watercolour 12 colour palette. It has a great selection of colours for mixing and a wonderful variation in pigment characteristics so that you can really develop important foundational watercolour skills. See this article (and the materials list) for more details.
So what have I changed:
- Splitting the full pan Hansa Yellow Medium into two half pans (one for green mixing and the other for oranges and reds).
- Swapping New Gamboge (such a beautiful dark yellow) for Quinacridone Gold (new formula). The reasons for this change are 1. Quin Gold is an essential paint in my everyday palette 2. I want to test out the new formula. I still have a number of the original Quin Gold but I know that most of you are buying the new version. BTW I used New Gamboge this morning in a sketch (see here).
- Using Schmincke French Ultramarine in the place of DS Ultramarine Blue as it’s the Ultramarine I use at the moment in my everyday palette. The SCH FU is more granulating (and makes some beautiful neutral washes) but it’s not as vibrant as Ultramarine Blue (which I still love a lot!)
- Swapping out Cerulean Blue Chromium for Manganese Blue Hue as a way of getting to know MBH better. I’ve had MBH in my palette for a year but have not seriously put it to the test. CBC is still a favourite paint and creates some very special pigment parties. So I will definitely have CBC nearby as I work through the Watercolour course
- Using a premix of Hansa Yellow Medium and French Ultramarine instead of Sap Green. This combo creates lots of watercolour magic and means that I don’t have to mix a blue and yellow version of green from scratch. Sap Green is still my favourite tube green and it’s a great example of highly dispersive paint. 🙂
After picking up a few new Aquarius watercolour pans from Adamstown Art during my recent trip, I’ve been keen to have another go at putting together an Aquarius palette that matches my normal palette. Last year I started doing that but I got interrupted by my big road trip and never determined my favourite Aquarius paints.
They are lovely watercolours and very affordable, so I want to have an Aquarius option available. However, as there are so many nice colours in their range it’s quite a process. Some of the colours have the same (or similar) names and use the same pigments as those in my palette – however, they might not necessarily work in exactly the same way. Doing a few colour swatches is not enough for me to really determine my preferences – I have to use them in real life sketching situations. So it’s a serious undertaking!
Therefore over the next number of weeks, I want to start using this palette for my own personal sketching (including the 30×30 challenge). I’ll be happy to share my discoveries with the group doing the Watercolour course (particularly when we get to the Pigment Lesson in the third week) but my focus for the course will be the original palette (plus my tweaks).
Are you joining the Live Version of the Watercolour course? Have you got your palette ready? Are you using colours that you know and love or new ones?