You are probably wondering why I haven't talked about watercolor, I mean c'mon it's the name of my blog! Honestly, when sketching out contour images, it allows for people to have a foundation to what they will be painting. If you are someone who enjoys painting right away, by all means! Especially now because I will explain a million of my favorite things about watercolor and how to use it to create a range of color and texture in your pieces.
The first thing I want to discuss is mixing colors. By far the funnest part of using watercolor is being able to mix and create a hue that is rarely seen on paper. When I'm mixing my colors, I usually mix them on the piece itself instead of using a palette. This allows me to layer on as much color as possible without being able to recreate it if I run out of the color.
A good point of reference while you start is the basic color wheel you learned as a kid. While it might not seem like a detailed reference image, it is like the Bible for Watercolor. As you can see in the image on the right, yellow begins as the top and moving counterclockwise until you hit red, then blue, the yellow again. Yellow, blue, and red are you three basic color groups. It is where you will receive the starkest amount of color as well. For example: by mixing yellow with red, we create orange, which is in between yellow and red. Mixing more yellow into the orange will create a lighter yellow orange. You probably saying to yourself, well duh Andria I know my basic colors. This information is vital because it will help to diversify your color palette within your painting. Look at a watercolor palette: it has at least a dozen different colors varying from light orange-red to dark green to black. You can use these colors for a while, but over time you will realize how drastically different the coloring looks compared to a reference image or study that you are using. By mixing colors like tan with orange and yellow, you can create a color similar to a basic skin base. If you don't have a tan color, then you can create your own tan by mixing orange, red, and green. If you don't have green, you can create it by mixing blue and yellow. This is why I say that primary color are the gospel of watercolor truth. You can make almost any color out of the three primary colors. Layering primary colors onto your base color also gives you an opaque texture that you don't usually produce just by using the colors in the palette, but that's just an added bonus. So that's it! My first favorite thing about painting with watercolor! Color wheels are the Bible and primary colors are the foundation.