Color mixing lesson for beginners – the Watercolor Color Wheel

Learn how to mix 12 colors of the rainbow using the primary colors, red, yellow and blue. This is the first watercolor lesson I recommend for beginners. The color mixing can also be applied to other paint mediums, like acrylic, and oil. Step one is to draw a circle and divide it into 12 pie slices, label it, then we will start with Yellow and move around the color wheel. I will show you how to create a gradated wash that goes from dark to light, however, you can paint it in with a solid color if you want. Enjoy!

Watercolor Paint (red, yellow and blue)
Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paintbrush (Round 6 or 10) Use what you have;)
Paper Towel
Pencil and Eraser
*Optional Supplies – a plate to trace, and a ruler

How to divide a circle into 12 slices

*this may make you dizzy….this was filmed in the early days when my phone was recording while hanging from the ceiling. I am working on a new one

Extension Lessons
Make a color chart showing the difference between the secondary colors you mix and the pre-made colors in your set.
Create a watercolor painting using color combinations in the color wheel (Complimentary, Analogous, Monochromatic)
Create a color wheel that shows the color relationships that is not round

1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky

This tutorial was created by McCall for Mr Otter Studio


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