|The spaces are for Dioxizine Violet, Sienna Brown and Cobalt Blue|
ABOUT THE SWATCHES:
I came across this amazing website called "Handprint" by Bruce MacEvoy where it covers everything you need to know about watercolors from paper to pigment to techniques to history and so on. IT'S A MUST READ AND SEE really recommend it, is going to blow you away. I'm mostly focusing on just pigment and color theory. For the swatches I used Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolors. Now I did not just did color swatches, I included the following from top to bottom:
- Name of paint + Color Code Index (found at the back of the watercolor tube under pigment)
- Color of paint by itself
- Line of pencil on top of watercolor
- Line of pencil under the watercolor
- Lifting technique test
- Back run technique test
- Tinting ( watercolor plus White)
- Wet on wet technique.
To read more about it go HERE
Quick interesting fact I learned, what we actually pay when buying the watercolor is the pigment, not all watercolor have the actual pigment specially the ones that have the word "hue" on their label that means the pigment has been replaced by a less expensive alternative( there are actually 4 kinds of pigments Natural inorganic, natural organic, synthetic inorganic & synthetic organic). One way to know the value of the paint you are paying specially if you have Windsor and newton is by looking at the series number (labels do have so much information, I had no idea!), in front of the watercolor Cotman tube you'll see something that says series 1 ( they have from series 1 to 6) the bigger the series the more expensive the pigment is, windsor and newton has a chart about it for the Artist and Cotman watercolors. The Cotman watercolor chart is HERE.
This I feel applies to all student watercolors, I'm not saying they are bad quality, I think it means that they would fade faster than an artist watercolor like Artist windsor and newton watercolors, also the Artists watercolors have more saturation to their colors so appear more vividly. For now my budget can only afford the Cotman windsor and newton watercolors and I'm quite happy and it has so many colors I love, but I'm looking forward to the day I switch to the Artist watercolors. :)
Wanted to share what I learned but don't just take my word for it. I know I still have to do a lot of reading, and re-reading, because is a lot of information to take, but is much fun. I'm using the following sites to learn about my watercolors. If you know of any other site, do let me know :)
Windsor and Newton: http://www.winsornewton.com/main.aspx?PageID=105