Create an easy color mixing chart with me today with this step-by-step tutorial.
First, we get to use the printable color charts to play with color. Filling in those pretty little boxes is so satisfying! Next, I’ll tell you why it is so useful! Also read, Gouache Paint FAQs + Testing Artist Loft’s 12 pack of colors
Be sure to share a picture with me if you print it and color these! #smithakatti
How to use color mixture chart
The simplest way to understand color is to create a color mixing chart.
Total Time: 40 minutes
I created a free printable of a 10 color mixing chart and you can download it for free! Scroll to the bottom of this post
Using an oil-based black pen write your color numbers in the circle area and also label the rows and columns. Write the color palette name at the top of the page.
Add color into the diamond shape. Apply color to just the tip area as seen below.
Add a drop of water to with a paintbrush or water brush.
Spread the water with your paintbrush. Let the water absorb the color softly.
Similarly, fill in the entire circle of diamonds in the bottom right corner. This will give you an idea of how the color dries on paper and how it looks when lightened with more water.
Next fill in the row and column labels with color as well.
Add the row color to fill in half of the box and the corresponding column color to fill in the rest of the box. Mix the colors with a damp paintbrush without adding too much water.
To begin, I would recommend working just two or three boxes at a time as the marker color tends to dry on the paper if left long. Above all, it is important to paint over it quickly with the damp paintbrush.
You can fill in row by row or column by column. I found it easier to hold two or three marker colors in my hand and fill in all of those combinations at once.
In conclusion, once you finish all the colors of the chart it will amaze you to see all the new hues you were able to create!
Don’t stop at one Printable Color Charts, make more!
I love using these printable color charts for my marker sets. I trim it down to fit inside the packaging on the back. This way I can flip the pack over and see what color schemes I can create with those pens and choose a set of colors that suit my mood and what I want to paint.
How I find this color mixing chart useful:
- You learn how many different colors you can make with the supplies you already have. By mixing colors you explore the secondary and tertiary colors and now have a larger color palette to play with.
- You are less likely to make colors you dislike. Quickly learn at a glance what color combinations to avoid using in your sketchbook.
- You can easily determine what colors you are missing and the new colors you need to purchase.
COLOR MIXING CHART PRINTABLE
There are two sizes of this printable available below. The first is a half letter size (where you have two charts on one page) and the second is sized to fit onto an A4 size paper.
To fit inside the Tombow Dual Brush Pen, 10- Pack case, I have used the Half letter size.
Half letter Size: Click here to download
A4 Size: Click here to download
For enjoyable results, try printing these color mixing charts onto a thick 140lb watercolor paper. Make sure to read my blog post with tips for printing on watercolor paper at home.