|Watercolor Basics - Split Primary Palette
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
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
- In the Palette
- On the Paper
- High Key
- Low Key
- Full Contrast
Alternate Color Wheels
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