Sunday, December 28, 2008

Watercolor Tip-Make Your Own Color Chart

My Cotman Color Mixing Chart
copyright Terry Krysak

Have you ever wondered how to mix a particular color, and found yourself at a loss as to which colors to use? Sometimes you end up with mud, or you just can't get it right.

Why not make your own color chart? It takes a fair amount of time and work, but it is something that you will always have as an excellent reference to use when you are painting.

I majored in pottery at art school, and this was the method we used to test out various glazes to see what they looked like after they were fired. It saves you from ruining your pots, if the glaze does not turn out right.

As you can see, it gives you every possible color combination possible, and you can use as many colors in the top row as you wish. However, the more colors you use in the top row, the bigger the chart will be.

Winsor and Newton Color Mixing Guides

Winsor Newton Color Chart

You may download My Cotman Color Chart for your own personal use. If you use it on your website or blog, or for any other commerical purpose all I ask is that you provide a link directly back to this blog and give me credit.

Here is a link to my latest post How To Mix Colors For Oils And Acrylic Paints

Great Book On Color Mixing 1500 Color Mixing Recipes for oil, acrylic & watercolor


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  1. Terry,
    Thank you for sharing your ideas and art with us. I really enjoy getting my email from you.

  2. Thanks so much Tascarini, I really appreciate your feedback.

  3. thank you so much for this chart, that's soooo useful and timely for me!

  4. Thanks very much Chita, I am glad that you found it to be useful.

  5. Noy only is it useful it also acts a guide to deciding what and how I am going to paint a subject. Thanks for sharing, best wishes to you and a grand day.

    1. Thanks so much Marguerite, I am happy that you found it useful.


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