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Old 01-06-2020, 09:07 AM
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Re: limited palette exercises

Originally Posted by Ted Bunker
You might not use 12 colors in a given work, but I can see the validity of having 12 options available in your artbox. And paint and art supplies were a lot more expensive then relative to today. Few art students today are truly "starving" pursuing their craft....or freezing in a one-room garret with no running water, a small grate and a toilet down the hall.

But that is having a DRAWER/BOX of 12 colors, not a palette of 12 colors, it is quite different. I have some 30 tubes of watercolor and some 25 of acrylics... but that does not mean I have a palette of 55.

The purpose of having a limited palette is, by selecting a small set of colors you push yourself in a predetermined color harmony set.

It is a wise and common practice to select a subset of your available colors when you start a work exactly to help steer the color harmony.
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Old 01-06-2020, 11:30 PM
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Re: limited palette exercises


Fewer colors works for me. I have been exploring and learning a lot using various limited palettes. One thing that I have found helpful and fun is to compile a list of various limited palettes used by those on the WetCanvas forum and YouTube. This post just added a few more .

The list is broken down into watercolor, acrylic and oil palettes. I have assigned a name to that palette and then give it a test drive. This has helped immensely in learning to mix colors and stretching the comfort zone. And buying fewer paints. One of my favorites right now is Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, and Ivory Black. Amazing what you can do with just those colors. Also, YouTube is packed with limited palette tutorials. Cheers
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