What’s in your palette?

Yesterday, I bought some gouache (rhymes with squash) at my local art store and went back and forth regarding whether I should buy the less expensive quality vs. the more expensive quality and because I had other items to buy, I chose the $7.99 gouache 12 pack from Reeves.  My mentality is “try before I buy”…

I must admit, I’m not really sure how to go about painting with it….from the tube? in my palette? Is it a mix between acrylic paint -for which I have no experience with- and watercolor? I like that I feel I can mix a wider variety of colors easier than I can with the watercolor and that you can mix a color with white and get some lovely shades, but other than that, I am lost.  For that reason, I will refer to YouTube.

In addition to those, I also picked up some Faber-Castell watercolor pencils, a couple water brushes, a Canson mixed media tablet, some blank watercolor greeting cards, blank watercolor postcards, 3 tubes of M. Graham Watercolors in Cad Yellow, Naples Yellow, and Sap Green, and 1 tube of Winsor & Newton Artist Watercolor in Indigo.  My choice for those colors in particular was due in part from reading the book “Urban Watercolor Sketching” by Felix Scheinberger in which he mentioned those colors as must-haves.

So now, I sit at my kitchen table surrounded by all of my art supplies and implements wondering what my next sketch / watercolor / gouache will be.

In the meantime, here are the list of paints currently in my palette.

Winsor & Newton:

– Winsor Red, Opera Rose, Quinacradone Magenta, Winsor Orange, Yellow Ochre (Cotman), Burnt Sienna (Cotman), Winsor Yellow, Hooker’s Green, Turquoise (Cotman), Phthalo Green (Cotman), Cobalt Turquoise Light, Cerulean Blue (Red shade), Cerulean Blue (Cotman), Phthalo Blue (Cotman), French Ultramarine, Indigo, Ultramarine Violet, Ivory Black, and Chinese White.

After reading up on watercolor paints, I now realize I could have saved some money forgoing the white and black.

M. Graham:

– Naples Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green

If you have any experience painting with gouache, please leave me some comments on any tips!

I’d also love to know what your go-to paint colors are in your palettes…doesn’t have to be watercolor 🙂

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5 thoughts on “What’s in your palette?

  1. Graham paints are by far my favorite. Never used gouache, but I can vouch for those MG colors you just bought. I may snag the WN indigo. Thanks for the book rec and best to you with your artwork!!

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