Inspired by some unique colors I have in colored pencil, I explored various mixes of brown and purple watercolor paints I had on hand.


  • Warm Sepia, Jackson’s
  • Raw Umber, Holbein
  • Sepia, Daniel Smith


  • Quinacridone Purple Blue, Van Gogh
  • Helios Purple, Sennelier
  • Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet, Daniel Smith

First I created a mixing chart (shown above) to determine which paints I wanted to work with, then I explored graduated mixes of each pair (shown below).

There are so many beautiful combinations, it’s a challenge to determine what to focus on. Stay tuned, there’s more to come.

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