Mixed-media Color Swatches

I’m collecting color swatches of colored pencils, acrylic markers, and watercolors to start doing some color studies. It’s a way for me to generate new ideas and explore new color combinations.

I find these colors inspiring right now. Though you may notice most of my favorites, such as the teals and greens, this collection includes more subtle earth tones and muted colors.

The benefit of expanding my watercolor practice to mixed media is that other mediums include nuanced colors that are not readily available in single pigment watercolors or common mixes. Athough you can mix pretty much any color with watercolor, it is useful to have colors at hand that are repeatable if you want to work with a specific palette. Also, the textures and opacity can add more dimension to the work.

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