February 13, 2023

Beginner’s Guide to Split Primary Watercolor Palettes

How to Avoid Muddy Colors when Mixing Watercolor

Red, Yellow, and Blue (warm colors) are chosen for their versatility in creating a wide range of hues, but cool colors such as Cyan, Yellow, and Magenta, can also be utilized. A split primary palette expands the range by including both warm and cool variations of each primary color. Warm colors are closer to red-orange while cool colors are closer to green-blue or yellow-violet. The concept of warm and cool colors can be applied to analogous colors of similar hue.
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🧡 Warm Yellow (orange biased)
New Gamboge, Pure Yellow, Winsor Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Hansa Yellow Deep, Indian Yellow, Quinacridone Gold
💛 Cool Yellow (green biased)
Lemon Yellow, Hansa Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Light, Transparent Yellow, Nickel Azo Yellow, Aureolin
❤️ Warm Red (orange biased)
Vermilion, Vermilion Light, Pyrrol Scarlet, Cadmium Scarlet, Cadmium Red Light, Naphthol Scarlet, Pyrrol Orange
💗 Cool Red (purple biased)
Quinacridone Rose, Quinacridone Magenta, Anthraquinoid Red, Permanent Carmine, Quinacridone Red, Permanent Rose, Quinacridone Violet
💙 Warm Blue (purple biased)
Ultramarine, Ultramarine Finest, French Ultramarine, Indanthrone Blue, Cobalt Blue
🐳 Cool Blue (green biased)
Helio Cerulean, Cerulean, Phthalo Blue (GS), Prussian Blue, Manganese Blue, Winsor Blue (GS), Cobalt Teal

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