Updated 12 colour palette

December 4, 2017 | 7 Comments

Just a quick post to let you know that I have updated my 12 colour palette (only minor changes) and that this is the palette I will be using for my upcoming online course: SketchingNow Watercolour.

Head over to the original article for more details about my selection.

If you are interested in the course, I suggest that you join the dedicated SketchingNow Watercolour mailing list as I am sending out some free intro lessons to everyone on the list. I will also be offering an exclusive earlybird price to them as well.



  • Sheila Pallotta says:

    Liz, I wanted to tell you that the video work for the watercolour class is AWESOME! I feel stupid saying it, but the quality is super professional…camera angles change regularly, text topic highlights, just everything. And they filmed you in front of a window with no evidence of backlighting! I know you hired a group to do the work and I think it was worth it. The video is just beautiful.

    • Liz Steel says:

      Oh thanks Sheila, I am so glad that you like the video. We had cinematic cameras and studio lighting. I asked for 3 camera views but they wanted a fourth one! SO much fun

  • Peter Joscelyne says:

    Hi Liz. I presume there are some changes that have been influenced by the Vincenza setting for your workshop. Could you give us any thoughts you have on these…like the Cerulean Blue, which is not in my current palette.

    • Liz Steel says:

      Hi Peter,
      Actually I had thi palette long before Palladian Odyssey. The Cerulean Chrom is perfect for aussie sky. Have you read the notes in the full article

  • Anneli Timmerbacka says:

    Hi Liz, I must order or buy quite a lot new colors for your course and that’s why I must ask you some questions:

    -Do we need same colors than those ones you have?
    – I live in Finland and hopefully in January we have snow and a cold weather. So I cannot draw outside and the light is colder. Can you propose which colors I should have different from yours? I have already looked what colors Nina Johansson normally use 😉
    – In my home town I can easily by W&N watercolors for artists but Daniel Smith’s colors I must order somewhere. Many artists prefer those DS colors although they aren’t easily found in Europe. I try to find them in London too, but I couldn’t. If I bought some DS colors which would be the most useful in my palette? And which one is good in W&N too?

    • Patrick MIDOT says:

      Dear Annell, you can order Daniel Smith tubes through Jackson’s art supplies in London (they have a web page and online store) or through Amazon (check the European sites). Hope this will help.

    • Liz Steel says:

      Hi Anneli, I do not expect people to buy new colours to do the course – instead I prefer people to use what they have already. If you want to use WN then that is fine – I have a selection of WN in another blogpost on my minimal colours mentioned above.

Leave a Reply