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Old 05-07-2010, 12:53 AM
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How to setup colors on your watercolor palette?

Hello,
I am trying to setup my watercolor palette but havnt found the best way.
I am sure this subject has been talked about here at wetcanavas but I couldnt find it anywhere.... by the way I use tom lynch ceramic palette...
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Old 05-07-2010, 01:14 AM
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Re: How to setup colors on your watercolor palette?

The most common way and a sensible way is to put them in a color wheel fashion, starting from yellow and putting analogous colors side by side. That way the neighbouring colors won't get each other too muddy.
Here is a page on tom lynch's website:
http://www.tomlynch.com/palette.cfm
He talks about the differnt ways to setup the palette!
HAve fun! Would like to see how you do it
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:59 AM
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Re: How to setup colors on your watercolor palette?

Agreed about the colour wheel, and all those things are very worthwhile excercises.

Before I paint anything serious though, I will sit and spend time working out what colours I need - and mixing them, testing them out. Then when I am happy I will arrange the colours I need in order in front of me and completely forget about the rest.

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Old 05-07-2010, 04:37 AM
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Re: How to setup colors on your watercolor palette?

My palette evolved on its own, and now I pretty much keep the colours in the same places just because I know where to find them. Probably to someone else it wouldnt make sense.
I am sure there is a more logical way of arranging my colours, but it works for me, so figure why change it?
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Old 05-07-2010, 05:50 AM
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Re: How to setup colors on your watercolor palette?

There are probably as many ways to set up your pallette as there are artists.

Some use the color wheel as a starting place; others divide their colors along the temperature spectrum putting cool colors on one side and warm on the other; others put their favorite colors together and their less used ones around the perimeters.

I think it just is a matter of personal preference as to which one you think would be best with your style of working.

I personally have two John Pike pallettes....I keep my reds and yellows and earth colors in one and my blues, purples, and greens in the other.

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Old 05-09-2010, 10:01 PM
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Re: How to setup colors on your watercolor palette?

Thank you very everyone, so much help...
After many many times of removing the paints from the palette and rearranging, I ended up with the following:
the 6 wells on the left store my earth colors starting from Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber and Burnt umber.
The top row stores the Yellows and Reds following the color wheel, then finally on the right the blues...
That's it I am not changing my mind and avoid the temptation of rearranging them and concentrate more on painting...
Thanks...
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Old 05-09-2010, 10:11 PM
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Re: How to setup colors on your watercolor palette?

G'day
Whatever your decision is - keep it in the same order, makes painting much easier if they are in the same place all the time.
I put in order of 'heat' and keep in a large, permanent palette with a lid, so all colours are available all the time.
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:24 AM
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Re: How to setup colors on your watercolor palette?

On the top on the box
Yellow, red, blue
On the bottom
Earth yellows and reds, then greens
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Re: How to setup colors on your watercolor palette?

Thank you very much everyone...
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