Monday, October 22, 2012


While working on an online class assignment I had to mix watercolors. Now I’m not a watercolorist. I love watercolor and may someday take a class but for now it’s an inexpensive set of watercolors. I mixed my paints and got the colors I wanted for my samples to match my source.

When I later went to do some design work I had to mix the colors again. I realized I should have made some notes the first time. Problem was the set was not labeled. The color names were on the back of the label but they didn’t even seem to be in the same order as the paint colors. So here’s what I did:
 First a good photo of the paint set.

Then I loaded the photo into Photoshop, assigned a number to each color, and printed the results. (You could use any program that will allow you to type over the photo.)

Now as I mix I can make a notation such as 12+4+1. So the next time I need more of that color I know which ones to use. I also list the numbers in order of most used to least used. Now I know this isn’t exact and there are tools and books to guide you through all of this but I’m not at that stage yet.

Happy Stitching!   Rose


margaret said...

what a good way to keep your watercolours, not a painter myself, have dabbled at a workshop and quite enjoyed it but time is a factor, allthough retired not enough time to do all I want as it is

Stitchinscience said...

thanks for posting this, what a great idea. I'm off to use this in my sketchbook.

karen said...

what a great idea for keeping track of your colours! I am so pleased you are enjoying this class and yes....I will still be visiting you all on flickr. You don't get rid of me that easily.