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I love color wheels!  What I don't love is spending ages trying to get them to look at least marginally wheel-like.   Here's a relatively quick and easy to try out some colors, practice some glazing, and end up with some nice wheels for referencing. :)

I've combined the Handprint suggestions for colors, and the Gurney Journey suggestions to come up with something that works for me.   I remember it with the mnemonic  - You ROde My Bus Cousin Gus.  It is basically the Gurney mnemonic, but I subbed in red-orange (ROde), because I find it more useful.

  • watercolor supplies: paper, brushes, water, etc.
  • something round to trace
  • ruler
  • 6 paints: A yellow, red-orange, magenta, blue, cyan, and green

If you are curious, I used the following paints for this demo:

  1. Sennelier Juane Sophie PY93 (You)
  2. Schminke Transparent Orange PO71 (ROde)
  3. Maimeri Blu Primary Magenta PV19 (My)
  4. M Graham Cobalt Blue PB28 (Bus)
  5. Maimeri Blu Turquoise Green PB16 (Cousin)
  6. Schminke Phthalo Green PG7 (Gus)

Now, onto the fun part!

  1. Trace two circles, then divide them into quarters.Colorwheel-tutorial-1 by unSpookyLaughter

    2. Divide each quarter into roughly 3 equal slices.

Colorwheel-tutorial-2 by unSpookyLaughter
    3. Now you have 12 slices!  :)   This next part makes sense, I promise!
    4. Paint over 3 slices at a time. 
Colorwheel-tutorial-3 by unSpookyLaughter

    5. For one circle paint just your primaries.  For the other, paint just the secondaries.
Colorwheel-tutorialcyan-1 by unSpookyLaughter

    6. Allow to dry fully.  If you rush the next step and try to glaze over damp colors it will not work well at all.

    7.  Paint in 3 slices at a time.  When we are done there will be 1 slice showing the base color, and on either side it will be glazed over 2 different colors.  

For example, here the red orange is by itself in the middle slice, it is bright orange when glazed over yellow (difficult to see because my camera is aging, sorry!) and red when glazed over magenta.
Colorwheel-tutorial-5 by unSpookyLaughter

8.  Keep glazing 3 slices at time - enjoy the magic as new colors emerge!
Colorwheel-tutorial-6 by unSpookyLaughter

Hope someone else out there finds this fun and useful!


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I get really excited about finding happiness in mundane things and the natural world. And then I want to share that excitement with everyone.

I have too many hobbies. I am a paint maniac.

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staatsf Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
thank you for the fav!
Dulliros Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving the Black Mill :w00t:
VanLogan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you for watching :) 
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caseyhoke Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy birthday! Have a great day!
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Egil21 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015

 Happy B-Day, I wish you the best! 
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