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Old 10-18-2019, 09:54 AM
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Watercolor book of mixing the color.

I would really appreciate if someone could recommend the book about mixing colours in watercolour. Im searing for something simply explained and that is actually works, with some examples. Doesn't matter is it a book a youtube video or an article.
Also i found this book, maybe someone can tell is it worth buying it or exists something more interesting.

The Watercolor Artist’s Guide to Exceptional Color - Jan Hart

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Old 10-18-2019, 10:36 AM
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Re: Watercolor book of mixing the color.

You could try "1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor" by William F. Powell.

I actually prefer to mix my own colors, but this is the clearest book with recipes I have seen.
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Re: Watercolor book of mixing the color.

Making Color Sing by Jeanne Dobie
Color choices by Stephen Quiller

Neither book is written using pigment codes, but the practices and color theories are clear. Making color sing is a good foundation, as it does a good job explaining the differences in pigments, and both have expanded, lesson like approaches in theory.

Of course, don't forget handprint for specifics about the pigments, and there is a ton of info about mixing.
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Old 10-19-2019, 08:17 AM
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Re: Watercolor book of mixing the color.

Teoh Yi Chie has excellent reviews of waterolors and how they blend.
https://www.parkablogs.com/

Denise Soden has hundreds of vids on watercolors.
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCnh5k3c1miCbQlt0Q8iXePw

And of course the inestimable Jane Blundell. Extensive color grids
https://janeblundellart.blogspot.com/
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Re: Watercolor book of mixing the color.

Following recipes will not always give the results you expect. First watch or read up on color theory, learn about the primary attributes of color, hue, chroma, and value. Each color has several other properties to learn as well.
The transparency, granulation, and staining properties will affect how they work separately, and in mixes. Then learn about your primary and secondary colors, and their relationships. This is only a start, learn and understand the complementary, relationships between colors. Learn the difference between warn and cool shades of the same color.

This site site will give you a good start.

Then learn about the pigments. Get a pigment code chart. and then use a a "good" color wheel that includes the Pigment Codes, paint names will vary from brand to brand. You need to know what pigments are in the paints before you start trying to mix them.

Handprint https://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/waterfs.html has a good list that will give you pigment codes and the associated names that different brands attach to these pigments.
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Re: Watercolor book of mixing the color.

I have found that even with the same pigment codes paints can vary quite widely between brands. Also depending on how the paint is formulated paints made from the same pigment within a brand can differ.

This means that recipe books are always going to be somewhat unreliable. I use them as a starting place, but then experiment and confirm with the paints that I am using. Scrap bits of WC paper are good for testing mixes on. When you have mixes you like you can make your own color charts and keep notes on the recipes.
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Old 10-21-2019, 04:35 AM
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Re: Watercolor book of mixing the color.

Thank you everyone. Ordered two books from recommended. Have a lot to learn now.
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