I have just completed my first YouTube Watercolour Tips video as I wanted to share a really useful idea that’s helped me with my watercolour journey.

I’m always picking up bargains at art shops, and I’m very lucky to have such a generous family who buy me watercolour related goodies as birthday and Christmas presents. This has resulted in me acquiring many different tubes and pans of watercolour pigments and I was finding it difficult to keep on top of what I had and what they would look like when I came to using them.

Where the idea came from

I decided one weekend to have a good sort out and I came up with the idea of creating mini colour and tonal charts to keep with my paints so that not only would I know where everything was, I would also know what each pigment would look like when I came to using it. I now have these charts with all my different pigments and now I find it really easy to find the pigments I need very quickly. It’s a great way of organising things, it was fun to do, and I made a few discoveries along the way.

Watercolour Colour Chart for Windsor Newton Field Box

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Windsor Newton Field Box With Watercolour Chart

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Watercolour Tone and Colour Chart

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How to make the colour chart

These instructions work well for the Winsor & Newton Artists’ Watercolour Field Box but can be adapted for any watercolour paint set or palette. All of the instructions you need are in the video, but here are a few additional pointers you may find useful:

  • Any piece of scrap 140lb/300gm Rough watercolour paper will do
  • Remember to draw the grid to match the layout of your own palette
  • Paint each swatch to match the position of each pigment in your palette
  • Variegate  each swatch from intense to weak so you can see how the pigment reacts and granulates with different amounts of water.
  • Use a “fine” waterproof  gel pen to write in the names of the pigments in each swatch

What I Learned

I was surprised at the huge variation of different pigments I had, how they actually looked on paper, how they reacted and granulated with different amounts of water, and how they reacted and mixed differently with other pigments in my palette.

This was a great learning exercise for me and I’m now able to select the pigments I use in my watercolour paintings with more confidence and I also have more predictable results in my finished paintings.

Here’s the video, I hope it helps you on your journey!

You can get the Winsor & Newton Artists’ Watercolour Field Box Here>


Next steps

If you have any suggestions to offer on how to improve on this, or you want to let me know what you would like to see in my next video, or even share you experiences with us – then please use the comments below.

Happy painting!