Draw Tip Tuesday – Limiting your palette

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday. Here’s your weekly dose of inspiration
to build a creative habit. One drawing at a time. Brought to you by Sketchbook Skool. Hi, welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday. Watercolors are so fun to work with and you know, those
palettes can look very pretty with all those different colors in them. But what if you limit your
palette to say… three, four or five colors? Well, there are a few benefits
to limiting your palette. When you’re limited, you need to be
more creative within those limits. It’ll force you to mix in a different way instead
of picking the colors straight from the pan. You need to mix and be creative in your mixing
to create that color that you’re looking for. And also look for values and tones more than
just picking it straight from the pan. It will stretch your creativity
as well as your skills. Of course, it’s more compact if
you just take three colors. It’s light, its portable. It’s very practical too. It’s easier to make decisions too. You don’t have a choice of that
whole range of color. You just need to make your own range. And because you mix that certain range from those few
colors, you will automatically create a sort of a harmony in your page, in your painting. The colors will be harmonious. And another thing that is really a great benefit
is that you will get to know your paint better. So whatever is in your palette, you will learn
to understand how the paints work together. So let’s do this thing! I’ll pick three basics from
my student grade palette. A yellow actually, it’s an
orange kind of yellow. Red, which is more like a magenta. And blue. This seems to be sort of a mix between cobalt
and ultramarine or something like that. It’s quite obvious, I have no clue
what’s in this basic kit. Actually the colors that I chose are close to the primary
colors yellow red and blue, but they’re not the actual clean primaries. So, let’s see if I can mix some colors,
that won’t become too muddy. I’m just experimenting here and
I hope you will do so too. Just picking colors in your own palette. Let’s draw something first. Anything. A plant here on my windowsill. It’s the first thing that I see. Now, instead of picking green from my palette, which
is a brght grassy green, and not even close to the green of the plant. I will mix my yellow and blue which
will make green of course. The green is a toned-down shade
and I kind of like it. I’ll add some yellow to brighten it up. And some more blue in the shaded areas. I think my paint is a bit too watery, especially
for this paper, which is not watercolor paper. But still it works. I will mix an orange brown
for the terracotta pot. Not just orange. Because when I mix it with a bit of the yellow green that
I just made the color becomes more brownish and that’s actually kind of spot on. I should have left a little gap between the pot and
the plant because now the colors are bleeding into each other, but I’ll fix it by wiping the
excess paint away with a dry brush. Now adding a bit of blue
to that same color. I can create a nice warmish
gray for the drop shadow. I’ll leave it to dry so I can add
another layer of color. Let’s darken that pot. And then also give the plant a bit more definition
and depth by adding blue green. shades, and the yellow
sides of its leaves. Darken the drop shadow and use some of that
gray to add roundness to the pot. The colors look natural and more interesting than when
I would have used the color straight from the pan, don’t you think? So get your watercolors out
and pick a few colors. I would say three, four maximum. Start experimenting, start painting. I hope you have fun. And if you want to learn more about watercolors
then sign up for Sketchbook Skool’s kourse “Watercolor Rules! And how to break them”. It’s an amazing kourse and
you should check it out on SketchbookSkool.com. I’ll see you next week.


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