August 10, 2019 79

Watercolor Week: You NEED a Color Mixing Chart + Altenew Watercolors

Watercolor Week: You NEED a Color Mixing Chart + Altenew Watercolors


– Hi, everyone. Kristina here. Welcome back again for watercolor week. Today, I’m gonna be playing with some new watercolor paints from Altenew. These are great, vibrant paints, and I’m gonna swatch ’em,
kinda get to know them a little bit, and then
do some color mixing. I’m gonna do a color
mixing chart that I’ve been meaning to experiment
with for quite some time. I’ve seen examples of this everywhere, and they teach you to do
this in a lot of watercolor classes, but I can’t say
I’ve ever done it myself. So, I think it’ll be a really
good learning experience, and if you wanna really
get to know your paints, you might paint along with me. So, let’s get into it. This is what the watercolor set looks like when you first get it, and I won’t spend too much time on the look of the palette, since I know we wanna
get into the swatching, and the color mixing chart. But it does come well wrapped. It’s nice and protected, so none of your paints will be broken. And I noticed first when
I opened up this palette that the lid didn’t fold all the way back, so it did snap off, as I
was trying to fold it back, because you do need it
flat to do color mixing on that side of the palette. So, it does snap off, and you just can kind of force it down with the, with your hand, just kind of pop it back in place, and it seems to work. In fact, it closed even
tighter than it was before, so I ended up using my
scissors to open it, because I don’t use my nails. As they say, “Your nails
are jewels, not tools.” That’s how you can keep your nails long. So, I used scissors to open that. But you know what? I eventually just snapped
that lid right off. I can put it back on later. And I kind of liked being able to use it independently from the sets,
the pans of watercolor. Speaking of those pans of watercolor, each of them have the name
of the color on the back. And these color names
coincide with the colors of inks in Altenew’s ink line. These colors look exactly like the inks, as far as I can tell,
and the names of the inks are listed on the box, and I think I might even cut out this little
area with all the names, and keep it with the palette, just because I think it would be convenient to have those names all in one place. Of course, when you do a
swatch for your palette, you could definitely write the names on each one of the little boxes of color. I ended up not writing the names, ’cause they were kind
of a super small box, but you could do that if you wanted to. I made my little swatch map here, small enough to fit inside the palette, and it’s actually quite a bit smaller. I was just using a spare
piece of watercolor paper. So, if you wanted to make
it a little bit larger, you could definitely label
each one of these colors. So, speaking of the colors,
my first impressions of them. The first thing I thought
of when I was using them, is actually, I was comparing
them to another set of watercolors that are within the scrap booking and paper crafting industry, which is the Watercolor
Confections from Prima. I think they have a very similar feel. However, I do like that this
is a larger set of colors. The Prima sets, I think they only have 10, maybe 12 colors in each set, and this set of 36 colors feels really nice to me. It feels really complete, with all the different color selections. There were a few colors that
I think were overrepresented. I think there’s too many
reds, and not enough greens, but like you’ll see later in the video, you can definitely mix a myriad of different green shades, using what’s in the palette. So, each one of these seems
to blend out pretty well. There were a couple shades
that didn’t want to move as much as others, but
I find that’s the case with a lot of different
types of watercolors, that some pigments and some shades just move a little bit more than others. And also, there are some colors that have a little more granulation. I’m not the biggest fan of granulation. So, those colors, I would probably use sparingly, in my own
painting, but if you love the kind of gritty texture of granulation, those colors, you’re gonna really, really love in this palette. So, there’s a good mix of some browns, and some darker shades, as well. There’s a few purples. All three purples look pretty similar. Two look almost the same, and one has a little more red tint to, you can see them on screen right now. I think they could have done
away with one of the purples. Put in that green that I was asking for. But all in all, it’s a pretty
good selection of color. And I’m pretty happy
with how they perform. Like I said before, if you’re familiar with the Prima Watercolor Confection sets, you’ll probably really,
really like this one, too. It kinda has a similar
feel, but I like the layout of this a little bit better. It’s a little easier to use. So, that’s my swatch map, and I’ll keep that with my palette. And now, I’m gonna do
a color mixing chart. And I’ve narrowed the colors
down to just eight colors. When you’re doing a color mixing chart, you have to do eight
colors across the top, eight colors down the
side, and to do all 36, I just didn’t have watercolor
paper that was big enough for that, so, I might eventually
do that in the future, do all 36, and maybe spread it across two different nine by 12 sheets, just because I found this
exercise so valuable. Like I mentioned in the intro, I have never done a color
mixing chart like this. I’ve showed you guys in the past, kind of a simplified color mixing chart, using complementary colors,
but not one like this, where I’m comparing different colors across the board, and mixing each one of them with each other. So, I’ll link up to that
video up in the top corner, if you wanna check that
out, but this color mixing chart is very
complete and thorough. So, I have eight colors. So, I’m using some nine
by 12 watercolor paper, and I’m marking one inch segments. And I’m drawing those in
with my T-square ruler. And then, I’m gonna take some
quarter inch masking tape. This is masking tape
that I found on Amazon, and I’ve used it a few times in the past. I used it on a really fun
Christmas card a couple years ago. I’ll link that up in the top corner, if you wanna check it
out, ’cause it’s another use for this really thin masking tape. But if you don’t have
masking tape this thin, you can definitely cut down your tape, or even just use the floor with the tape, and you can make it totally work. So, I labeled all eight
colors across the top, and then I also labeled
them down the side. And like other charts,
the way this is read is, you’re gonna connect the one on the top with the one on the
side, and those are the colors that are mixed together. So, for this first row of colors, I’m gonna be mixing all of the colors with this red shade, so that first box is where the Rubellite and the Rubellite horizontal, they meet,
so that’s the pure color. And the pure color of these eight colors that I’m using, they’re gonna kinda go all the way down diagonal
from that top corner. You can see on the second row, that I just painted in Fresh Lemon. The second box in is the one that matches Fresh Lemon on the top. So, I’m gonna go through and mix these. If you wanna be really
thorough with this mixing, you’ll want to pick, like, each row, for example, this Fresh
Lemon, as I’m mixing, each one of these has a little bit more of that yellow than the other shade. That makes it so that when
I go onto the other colors, they’re gonna be mixed
so that that other color is a little bit stronger than Fresh Lemon. So, I’m gonna get a variety
of different color mixings and later, when I look back at this chart, I can pick out a color, I’m like, “Mm, I really like that color. “How do I mix that color?” And then, I can read the
chart, and figure out the two colors I need to use
to get that particular shade. So, I did want to mention how I came about with my color selection
of these different paints. I was actually watching a video by Steve Mitchell, he has
a YouTube channel here called The Mind of Watercolor. Hey, Steve. Love that guy. He had a video a while back, where he shared his eight favorite
colors for watercolor, and I just loved how those colors mixed. And I watched that video, I think it was a couple weeks ago, and
I wasn’t really thinking of it much, until I went
to pick these colors. And I was kind of baffled. I’m like, “How, what colors do I choose?” And I decided, I would
go look at his video, and see the colors that he chose, and then, as best I could,
pick the same color equivalent, out of this set of
watercolors from Altenew. So, this was the most satisfying part of this color mixing chart, when I removed all of those little,
itty bitty, narrow strips of masking tape, was the best ever. I did want to mention
that when I put these strips of masking tape
down, I did make sure to really press them down into the paper. I didn’t want any bleeding, or seeping underneath the tape, and it worked great. And then, I’m left with this weird, birthday present bow looking
thing, with all that tape. I did erase the lines, the pencil lines, and it took off a little bit of the paint. So, if you do end up erasing after you’ve painted your projects, maybe erasing some pencil lines, you
want to be aware of that, and maybe just consciously avoid erasing directly over your painting. So, that is the Altenew watercolor set, and a color mixing chart. I found this exercise so, so, so valuable. I can’t wait to do this for
my other watercolor sets. Yes, it was time consuming, but I think it’s completely worth it. So, those are the new Altenew paints. Hope you guys enjoyed this video. If you wanna check those paints out, I’ve got links down below. You can click over, and
you can get your own set. If you liked this video,
give it a big thumbs up, and if you liked it so much that you think someone else would like
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another video very soon.

79 Replies to “Watercolor Week: You NEED a Color Mixing Chart + Altenew Watercolors”

  • Ashley Tucker says:

    I saw your Instagram post and immediately came over here to see the video and it wasn’t up yet. I was sad because I thought you didn’t do a video for it but then I got the notification saying you uploaded a video and I was so happy! All the emotions lol ?

  • Carrie Kendrick says:

    Great video!! Love your hair!! So pretty!

  • Srilatha M says:

    Kristina your videos are so good! Your are so creative and good at making cards! Your ombré is also very pretty!

  • Meriem Ressaf says:

    Awsome ?

  • Marybeth Cully says:

    Love how the pure color made a diagonal line!

  • Teresa Doyle says:

    Beautiful colours from Altenew and a great exercise indeed! These new paints are another reason I feel that the new Waffle Flower release is a MUST to have! It would certainly be handy to use whenever you get a new colour palette or medium. Thanks for sharing your 'expertise' Kristina!

  • Papel Creativo says:

    Great video Kristina, Thank you for sharing it with us, I would love to have those watercolors in my handssss ?. Also love your nail polish, could you please tell me brand and name? Thank you!!

  • Pamela Rettele says:

    Kristina, you are looking beautiful. Lighter hair, eyebrows perfect, what product are you using on eyebrows? Amazing. I also follow your nail care ides. But more than anything, I am a card maker and love to watercolor. Loved the video, going to do it with my watercolors.

  • Katheryn Thames says:

    FANTASTIC description of what's going on. Thank you Kristina! I think that I'm going to need to do this with the colors I tend to use the most with other sets too. What a huge difference in colors you can get!

  • Tammy J says:

    I loved this video. It was so eye opening. Not necessarily the paint set but any paint set that you can use. Amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Liz Ford says:

    Do you have instructions on how you did the color mixing? Because I could not see the mixing part of the video. I think I know how you did it but just wanted to read the specifics so when I try this I know what to do. Thanks for reviewing the product too!

  • Sten Lorentzen says:

    Thank you, K Werner for the video. I'm very new to watercolor and I got my Schmincke 12 color today and I was thinking about doing exactly what you do in video. again, thank you 🙂

  • Alice Adler says:

    Loved the mixing part of the video!!! Great job!!! Thanks, Kristina. Sending snuggles to the kitties.

  • Scrappy Tails Crafts says:

    Hi Kristina, I’m not much of a water colorist but I enjoy watching these videos they’re so informative tfs.

  • Sally Stapleton says:

    Kristina that was the best video I have seen for such a long time. The reveal of your chart hit all the right buttons for me, such perfect little squares. Thank you so much, I now need to swatch everything..lol xx

  • Stefanie Staniak says:

    This mixing chart is amazing. It took we awhile to totally understand the placement of the pure color but I think I get it now. I’m going to have to practice this. Thanks Kristina, your tutorial are so helpful.

  • The Mind of Watercolor says:

    Oh! Hi Kristina. LOL! Thanks for the shout out. Cool chart! Lots of work. I don't usually make theses charts either but have a new Qor pan set that I want to chart with the new Waffle Flower stamps you and I both reviewed.

  • Lorraine Turner says:

    I loved what you have done with your water colours. I really need to swatch mine. Can you mix ARTEZA water colour markers do you know? TFS :O) xx

  • Linda Anne Calderone says:

    OMG I don’t need more watercolors! I’ve predominantly artist grade brands, but couldn’t resist buying the Altenew set. I really don’t have a craft grade set, my justification ?. I’m guessing they’re probably dye based, because they look so vibrant and yummy. I love granulation, so nice to see they included some for me! I just received my swatch stamps, hesitating naming brand since this is Altenew’s time to shine, and absolutely love them!. Fabulous buy, so easy making swatch charts now! I’m already looking forward to swatching these new Altenew pans! Great video, you’re a sweetheart!❤️

  • Marilyn Bailey says:

    Why oh why does Altenew think the crafting world needs another watercolor set? They are a stamping/die cut business and they do it well. There are already so many excellent watercolor paints out there! Enough already 🙂 However, your color mixing chart is very interesting…and something I will look into doing!

  • Carol Sze says:

    Even though watercoloring is quite forgiving, it's still intimidating to me. I really like your color mix chart.

  • Crafting and Relaxing says:

    It turned out so pretty I would want to use it in a project.

  • Cardmaking with Craft Confectionery says:

    Ohhh I need to do this with my Daniel Smith …..

  • Carrol Mumford says:

    Great job!! I think that we all got a better understanding of MIXING. Than you so much for your time and effort that went into creating this chart. We are all going to try this.

  • Lee Newton says:

    and you could have used the cool new waffle flower set for this too — but it's nice to show that it can be done with a pencil and ruler as well. Nice reinforcement of yesterdays blog hop saturation on this! Very cool video.

  • dedesu3 says:

    Love swatching watercolors and making the chart. Have made 2or 3 for some of my watercolor sets. Although not nearly as neatly as yours. Great video. Thanks.

  • Poppy Darling says:

    Great video! I love Steve as well 🙂 What were the proportions of colors that you were mixing – 50-50?

  • Amanda Panda says:

    Thank you for sharing! I love these types of videos. I learn something every time! ? please do more color mixing videos!

  • Mar Arribas says:

    Hi Kristina! Can you do a video for begginers with watercolor and begginer essentials, please? Thankyou ?

  • Pippa says:

    What a poor lid design, my makeup hinges always break after a while.

  • Pippa says:

    Those colors look so fun though

  • Pippa says:

    Why didn't you just use the waffle flower chart? Love that thing, if I could get one I'd use nothing but that haha ?

  • Pippa says:

    These remind me of koi, what do you think? I love the koi greens!

  • Janice M says:

    Love Steve from Mind of Watercolors…hi Steve ??. I started swatching after seeing Steve’s video and Denise Snowden’s @ Liquid Color. I actually find it very relaxing and fun or see the color combinations I can make. I see it as a tool to help me purchase pure single pigments down the road with just a few convenient ones added. Now, need to find that skinny tape?

  • MeWho says:

    I forgot to mention, I love the new way you are doing the videos, with the face to face introduction. So this focuses on the colors one can mix, and the line one (not sure what it is actually called, but it is a grid-like thing, and instead of boxes, you do lines of colors that cross… I hope I'm making sense) focuses on the transparency of how different colors layer?

  • Andrea La Vigne says:

    "Nails are jewels, not tools"??? I am the exact opposite. No nail polish, no long(ish) nails, in short–no glamour. I open soda cans, pry things up, etc. Don't care one iota, either! LOL Seriously, it was fun watching you swatch your colors. Back when I was still painting (as in pictures), I did a similar chart with the acrylic paints I used. Don't know why I never thought to do this with my watercolors I use now for cards. Good project for a rainy day. Assuming we get a rainy day sometime here in the future–we haven't really had one in several weeks! 😛 Thank you so much for sharing this. Hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

  • Betty Hall says:

    Love those watercolors , love the colors, tfs.?

  • Mary Lehett says:

    Thank you for this tutorial!

  • Mother Blue says:

    Fantastic video. The good and the bad was shared. All in all, i will get them…i really liked the color selection. The palette is not great, but I am still getting great granulated colors which i really like in my work.

  • Alice Morrel says:

    Great video! TFS. I will give this a try.

  • ElleLizzy May says:

    That was so therapeutic to watch …ah..

  • Julie Harden says:

    Love the mixing challenge you did , it’s amazing all the colours you ended up with. Thanks Kristina x

  • Maria Fernandez says:

    Great! It's been a very informative week – one more day left. BTW you look wonderful!

  • Ron Thornton says:

    You are so inspiring. ……

  • Avisad Ray says:

    Awesome ?

  • Diana Trout says:

    Great set of colors and welcome to the geeky world of swatching LOL. I always wish that there were more yellows in these sets. It's always the first color that needs to be refilled.

  • Kat F says:

    Thanks for sharing this. My goal is to make this chart with ALL my paint sets. I think it is a valuable tool mixing colors. I learn when I do it as well. Thanks for sharing this. I love that tape!! Thanks.

  • Wendy O'dell says:

    Very hard work. Thanks for sharing this with us. I can't believe when you were making the color mix chart, how some colors still resembled others. Great info. Looks like a palette I might like. ❤❤❤

  • Rebecca Laidlaw says:

    We did that exercise in my color theory class in college. I’ve never done it with watercolors though. Might have to try it with my koi set and also my gouache.

  • Terri Spencer says:

    It was great watching you make this chart. It was good to hear you say that you hadn't made one of these either and that you had to refer back to Steve's video. 🙂 I understand the concept and the layout of a color mixing chart, but I don't understand the "recipe" for mixing the paints. I guess that it really doesn't matter as long as I am consistent throughout. Come to think of it, it would be interesting to make several charts, varying the ratios in each chart – 50-50, 60-40, 70-30, etc. I could give myself over to the madness of color mixing – lol.

  • Lynn Lohne says:

    Wonderful video. I have not yet invested in watercolors, as I am more like Jennifer McGuire. I don't think I will ever get super good at it like you. I do want to play with them and make cards & color. I have always loved coloring, my big box of crayola's 64 & a princess coloring book equals GOOD TIMES! Wondering if this might be a good first set? The price point seems fair & the color assortment should cover just about anything. I would want to add some metallics, though. Everything is better with sparkle.

  • Frau Vögeli says:

    Thank you very much for this helpful video. I love swatches and honest opinions on products. Now I want to swatch all my watercolors again ?

  • ShawN shawN says:

    I like the size of this kit. Very large set of colors, which is great. Wow! the pop off case is really a bad design considering the rest of the kit is cool. That kind of makes this kit irrelevant to plein air as you can only juggle so many loose items. I think you did a great video demo of the paint usage.

  • Sheila Northcutt says:

    It would have been good to do a more traditional color mixing chart with warm primaries, cool primaries and a couple of neutrals to see the range of secondaries you could mix.

  • Susan Green says:

    What a great color chart!

  • Florine says:

    Love your hair!!!

  • Cherie C says:

    TFS, looking forward to playing with this new set. Love ? love love your chart idea, and I love watching MofW guy too. He’s great!

  • Anika Mercier says:

    Wow! This was soooo helpful! This process does look time consuming but so worth it! I love this idea!

  • SmolSkye says:

    Will you be making a video on watercolor pencils in the future? I'd be interested in seeing how you handle them ?

  • Vanessa Boeta says:

    Giiiirl! You look fabulous!!! ?

  • Color By Fabi says:

    Cool Channel ?

  • Pyrrols says:

    next color mixing chart you should try using the primaries like you did with that color wheel! pick out a warm and a cool version of a red yellow and blue you have. i think you would really like the results.

  • Kristine Vencel says:

    Very helpful hints & ideas! Thank You so much!

  • Frances Honeywell says:

    Are these paints good quality? Translucent or opaque? Chalky? Do they rub off the paper? TIA

  • Brooke DeLong says:

    Do you know if Altenew has any plans to expand the color selection in the palette to include more colors down the line? They have so many beautiful ink colors and then perhaps you would be able to get the full spectrum of color you were looking for, without having to blend so much? (Which, I do realize, is kind of the point of water coloring-to create your own magic-but with the colors matching up to the ink colors so nicely I think it would be neat to perhaps eventually see an entire set.)

  • LanaGoesArt says:

    Mixing charts are really powerful tools 🙂 About the paints: they look a little chalky to me, is this the case or is it me?

  • Sally Snowball says:

    WOW! This is probably the best color instruction I've come across. THANK YOU.

  • HandmadeByMirella says:

    Very interesting! I also feel that there might be a few too many reds and pinks in this set, and not enough greens, but I really like the amount of colours in this palette… 36 gives a nice enough variety 🙂

  • Rachel Behzadi says:

    Would you recommend a beginner to get this pallet or the prima watercolors?? It would be wonderful if you could do a comparison of the two.

  • Debbie Swanson says:

    This is great. Where did u learn this technique of swatching? I’ve always been taught to paint one color all across each row, then all across each column & in doing so they mix… but I like this method. Isn’t it amazing how little we need to make soooo many different colors? I could get lost forever in swatching!
    I challenge you to do the whole pallets.? yes it’s time consuming but therapeutic also. Happy Water coloring! Btw I love Steve @ mind of watercoloring, a definite master!

  • Terry McGeary says:

    Yes a great thing to do. I've seen some pre-printed in my books but these are generalised and don't show you what a particular brand will bring to the mixing party. Thanks, nice to see!

  • Elayne Tate says:

    I love you videos but I hate the ad that is on all of your videos! Politics don't belong in craft videos!

  • Amy Wazwaz says:

    I agree. That chart is so neat. Wow it sure helps understand what colors make what kinds of new colors. For a beginner like that me that sure is invaluable. Thanks for sharing your process.

  • Galaxycoco Lacey says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I don't think I will ever get how to make a watercolor chart. Maybey because I keep comparing it to a multiplication chart lol!

  • Jen Design says:

    Beautiful swatches!

  • Teresa Betancourt says:

    K, you have the most gorgeous hands in YT! PLUS, YOU ARE MY FAVORITE Y TUBER! THANK YOU ?

  • Linny says:

    You only need to do half the square if you cut across diagonally from top left to bottom right as all but the pure colours are duplicated. It saves time?

  • Carey Bridges says:

    You are one of the only artists I've seen to give credit to another artist online. Most people seem to take whatever they learn and run away with it, never to credit anyone. Lol ty for that. I like his channel too.

  • Beverly Baxley says:

    This was great. The mixed colors were so pretty when you pulled up the tape. I think you had fun, too.

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