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How to Paint a Watercolor Paint Mixing Chart – Get to Know your Watercolors 5

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I am super excited to share a new watercolor painting tutorial with y’all today! In today’s video I show you how to paint a watercolor paint mixing chart. Creating a paint mixing chart is a fantastic way to get to know your watercolors that will ultimately save you time and money while helping you create more vibrant, beautiful paintings. By making a chart, you’ll see how to transform a handful of paint colors into dozens and dozens of shades, avoid unpleasant surprises when you mix paints on your artwork, and be able to create rich darks and neutrals that perfectly suit your painting.

how to paint a watercolor mixing chart video tutorial

There are a few different ways to create a paint mixing chart, so I decided to share the most straightforward technique. I drew out a chart with .5″ squares because it’s the fastest, easiest way to create a grid for a paint mixing chart. If you want your chart to be a bit nicer, leave space between each square or make your gird using very narrow washi tape.

As always, I hope that you use a high quality watercolor paper that’s at least 140lb. I firmly believe that it’s easier to create paintings you love with the cheapest of watercolor paints on nice paper than it is with nice paints on cheap paper! I love Arches 140 lb cold press for my everyday paintings and splurge on 300 lb when I really want to use lots of water. In the video, I demonstrate using the Prima The Classics set. You can chart out a specific set of watercolors, or chose your favorite, most frequently used paints.


As I mention in the video, this class on how to paint a watercolor paint mixing chart is the fifth in my series on getting to know your watercolors. The first three classes are available on Skillshare. You can find out more information in this post. The fourth class, how to create layered swatches, is available on YouTube.

paint mixing chart

Are there any other watercolor techniques you’d like to see covered in a future class?

Natasha of The Artisan Life-01

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  • Pennie September 7, 2018, 08:20

    Thanks so much for your hints, tips and taking us on your trips:
    . complaint-free-gratitude-filled living
    . watercolor painting
    . yoga!
    Now, to stay far away from FB and follow through with your suggestions.

  • prabashi August 22, 2018, 00:03

    My son loves to water paint. He enjoys watching your videos and taking ideas. i will soon post a picture he did

  • Lorally B August 21, 2018, 14:37

    So fun! Watercolor is so beautiful! It’s also so relaxing to paint. Thanks for the tips!

    • Natasha August 21, 2018, 18:28

      I love relaxing with watercolors after my baby goes to bed! Glad I’m not the only one who finds them relaxing. Thank you for stopping by. =)

  • Elisabeth August 21, 2018, 14:14

    Love this my girls love watercolor my oldest will really enjoy this! Thanks!!

    • Natasha August 21, 2018, 15:40

      Watercolor is such a family-friendly medium! I hope your girls enjoy and thanks for stopping in. =)

  • Shar August 17, 2018, 16:54

    I’ve always wanted to learn watercolor painting<3

    • Natasha August 17, 2018, 18:12

      Watercolor is so much fun! I hope you get the chance to try it out soon.

  • Marieken August 17, 2018, 05:28

    Really need to watch your classes, I’ll try to have a look this weekend šŸ™‚

    • Natasha August 17, 2018, 10:53

      I hope you enjoy them! I find it so helpful to know what you can expect from your paints before you sit down to do a ‘real’ painting.

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