Watercolor Basics - Split Primary Palette
Getting Started with Watercolor Self Study Course
Split Primary Palette
A Cool yellow -- bias to green -- such as Hansa (med PY97); Windsor
Yellow(PY175, PY154, PY97); Aureolin (PY40), Lemon Yellow (PY3 -not
Cadmium)

A
Warm yellow -- bias to orange -- such as New Gamboge (PY153) or
Indian Yellow (PY108)

A
Warm red -- bias to orange -- such as Vermilion (PR188;
PR254+PY154) Pyrrol Scarlet ( PR255 ) Pyrrol Orange (PO73 )
Perinone orange (PO43) Cadmium Red hue (PR  )

A
Cool red -- bias to purple -- such as Permanent Rose,
Quinacridone Rose, (PV19)  

A
Warm blue -- bias to purple -- such as Cobalt blue (PB28 )
French  Ultramarine or Ultramarine  (PB29)


A
Cool blue -- bias to green -- such as Phthalo blue, Windsor blue,
Intense blue (PB15 or PB15:3)


A
Warm neutral (brown)--bias to orange -- such as Burnt Sienna (PBr7,
PR101) or Quinacridone Burnt Orange (PO48)
This is called a split primary palette consisting of six (6) colors; a warm and a cool of each
primary color; Yellow, Red, and Blue. I also include a seventh color,
a warm neutral added for mixing neutrals and convenience.

Glossary of Watercolor Terms




Mixing Color
  • In the Palette
  • On the Paper

Pigment  Properties

Color Values
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • Full Contrast

Alternate Color Wheels
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