Mixing watercolours to achieve bright or dull colours

My latest post on my Painting With Watercolours website cover the topic of colour mixing.

Specifically the article looks at mixing watercolours to achieve bright or dull colours at will. If you have every tried to mix a particular colour and found that instead of ending up with a bright colour you finish with a dull one. This has to do with the fact that most watercolour pigments are not pure i.e. French Ultramarine is not a pure blue but one which has a tiny bit of red in the mixture.

Joe Cartwright's watercolour painting palette

Joe Cartwright’s watercolour painting palette

It is these extra little color additions to our pigments that often give us the wrong result.

If you would like to have a look at the article is starts here: Colour mixing formula, how to mix bright versus dull watercolour colours

Happy painting,