Playing around with a limited palette


Right now I am experimenting with a limited 5-colour watercolour palette, consisting of Schmincke Cadmium Yellow Mittel, W&N Permanent Alizarin Crimson, W&N Ultramarine, W&N Burnt Sienna, and W&N Viridian. I read about it online somewhere (can´t remember where, if I did I´d give proper credit for it).

I have tried limited palettes before, and I seldom use more than five or six colours in the same painting/drawing, but for some reason this particular palette felt extra exciting to try – in spite of the Cadmium colour. I made a whole new plastic watercolour box for it, with only these colours in it, to make sure I don´t cheat with other colours. ; )

Did this trial mixing sheet, to see where this will take me, and I have to say I am pretty impressed with the range of colours I can get from these few.

27 x 21,5 cm, watercolours in Stillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook.

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