Layer transparent colors with your watercolors to make more interesting color.
Lay your color down on a dampened paper. Don't scrub it: just a nice smooth brush stroke - and yes, that takes some practice. Use a 1" flat brush to make these color samples, let the paint dry and then lay on the second color. Keep in mind: the lighter value (yellow), should be laid down first and the darker value (blue) is laid down in a lighter wash on top. The darker the value of the color, the stronger it is!
Red and blue on lower right. Note that the purple is slightly grayed. That is because the Permanent Red color tends towards the orange (it is a warm red rather than a cool red, such as Alizerin crimson).
The green on the left of this sample is from layering blue and yellow. The Permanent red and yellow makes an excellent orange. Once you have the green patch made, let it dry and wash over a part of it with the permanent red. You should get varying browns and grays. The same goes for the Purple and yellow.
Here is a sample using Cobalt Blue, Magenta and Raw Sienna. Note that I used a dry brush in some of the areas. This technique (practice!), with the pure white peeking through makes a sparkly look.
Here, I used Quin Burnt Orange, Permanent Red, Burnt Sienna and Sap Green. The small neutral patch is the Sap over the Red.
Tomorrow, I'll have a round up of past posts from my blog. Happy Friday all