The No-No Set
Greenleaf & Blueberry Artisanal Handmade Watercolors
This palette is comprised of 11 magnetized Half-Pans of color enclosed in a travel tin, and accompanied by a hand-painted color chart.
This new set contains all of the colors that have been banished from the watercolor palette for various reasons, according to different schools of thought.
In my early watercolor classes, we were taught not to use the brown, black, or white, which is a traditional approach. The thinking goes that you can mix a more accurate brown with the rest of your colors, true black is not often seen when painting from life, and watercolor, being a transparent medium traditionally painted onto white paper, makes painting with white superfluous.
These rules were useful, but they don’t mean using those colors is wrong or that you should never use them.
Other approaches are more minimalistic and shun all but the primary colors, suggesting those three are the only ones you need since you can mix all the rest from them. There isn’t enough space in this caption for me to go into the issues with that school of thought, but it does have its uses!
When you limit the colors in your palette you will be pushed to find creative solutions that you otherwise wouldn’t have discovered. You will get to know the colors that you do carry more intimately. And you will discover the colors you turn to most. All of this will inform your own palette customizations.
These can be convenience colors - they simply save you the time of mixing.
I use Purple Ochre for shadows, Green Earth for foliage, Orange Ochre to add warmth and earthiness to my greens, Shungite to subdue colors, Brown Ochre and Cassel to save the trouble of using through my other colors to mix them, and Slate for subtle contouring. This is a perfect assortment to pair with your favorite primary colors.
Travel Tin (silver color)
Hand-Painted Color Chart of colors included (sized to fit in lid of travel tin)
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