Mixing Custom Colors for Watercolor Painting – Example 1

Mixing Custom Colors for Watercolor Painting – Example 1

– [Kristina] Hi
everyone, Kristina here, welcome to another card video at my YouTube channel and blog. Today I’m going to be
continuing my mini series on color mixing. And I’m going to be using two
stamp sets from Avery Elle. One has a really pretty
floral image on it and the other has
some nice greetings. So I’m going to be
using some five by seven Strathmore cold press
watercolor paper today. And my plan is to
stamp this floral piece from the Avery Elle
stamp set repeatedly all over this watercolor paper, and then I’ll be
painting that in. So in order to do that,
I need to make sure that I clean off
the stamp in between moving it to a new location
while I repeat all these stamps. If you are not
using a Misti tool, you just have the
stamp on a block, you don’t need to
clean it in between since you’re just going
to be adding more ink. But since I am
using my Misti tool and I’m going to be
placing that stamp down onto the white watercolor paper, I wanted to make sure
that that stamp was clean just in case I needed to
move it around a little bit. So I’ll go ahead and
stamp that again, just above the
previous stamping. And now I’m going to
rotate the paper around and move those
flowers all around to fill in all of the gaps. This is going to create
a really pretty pattern over this entire
watercolor paper. And I’m doing it very
carefully like this because it’s going to
be really the main focus of the card. A lot of this pattern
is going to show on the finished card. And so I wanted to make
sure that this pattern was stamped well. I’m now using a Pilot
envelope addressing pen to fill in some of the gaps
in between the stamped images. And I’m using this
pen in particular because it’s waterproof. I am going to be
watercoloring over the top, so I wanted to make sure my
pen wasn’t going to bleed. And I’m just filling
it in with some leaves and some circles, kinda
like little bubbles or like droplets or
whatever you wanna call it. Just something little
to fill in those gaps. And if you wanted
to use a small stamp from a different stamp
set, you definitely could. For me, I just thought
it was really fastest to use that same, kinda
to draw them on there with a marker. So now I’m using a flat
paintbrush to add a ton of water over the entire surface
of my piece here. And I’m going to be adding
some color on top of this. So I’m going to be
showing you the mixing on the palette I’m using, I’m using that same
Prang palette that I used in my previous video. And I’m going to have
this kind of split screen so you can see the color
mixing on the right hand side of the screen. And then the painting
on the other side. So right now I’m just mixing
a nice blue-green color, a little bit more
toward blue than green. And I’m dropping it in
as an underpainting. I used this
underpainting technique in a video last
week on an envelope with that coloring book page. And I’ll link up to
that in the top corner if you wanna check that out. But I really love
adding an underpainting in between all the flowers. I think it looks
really really pretty. So now I’m mixing
up another color and this time I’m just
adding a little bit more blue to the mix, I want it to be
slightly more blue than green. It’s really not gonna
show too too much once I have my painting
all over the top, but I just thought
it’d be a nice touch. And because the blues
were a little too close, I decided to make
this one more green. So now I’m bringing
in some more green, just filling in some gaps. And because my watercolor paper
was wet when I applied this, all of those edges of the color are going to wick
away and soften, it’s gonna be really
really pretty. So after I had all of
those areas filled in, used my heat tool to speed
up the drying process. You could definitely
use a hair dryer, anything like that
if you wanted to. Okay so now I’m going
to be mixing some colors for the flowers. So I’m taking some red, and I want to have kinda
like a dark purple-red shade for the darkest color
on the red flower. So I’m going to take a
little bit of purple, and I’ll be adding
that into the red, and it’s just going
to deepen that color and give it more of
a raspberry shade, like a dark raspberry. And then I’m going to mix
another version of the red, and I’m not gonna add
any other colors into it. I’m just going to have it be
just a really watered down red so it reads a little
bit more pink. And as I start to paint this, I’m gonna speed up
the painting process, but I will keep all of the
footage of me mixing colors, I’ll keep that at
real time speed. Because I want you
to be able to see the mixing of the colors ’cause that’s what
we’re focusing on. So I just put down just
a plain wash of color over the medium sized flowers. And then I mixed up another
color for the larger flowers, and I want these to sort of be almost a coral, like
a warm coral shade. So I’m starting out
with some orange. And I wanna have a
nice big puddle of that in my well here on the palette. Because I don’t wanna run
out of any of the colors. So I’m adding lots and lots
of orange to that area. If you think of it as
kind of like a thick, almost like the consistency
of a thick milk. That’s kind of
like what you want. So I added some red to that. And that’s going to
warm it up even more. And then I’m going to add
the tiniest bit of green. And green is the
complementary to red, and since that was kind
of a reddish-orange, it’s going to dull this
out just a tiny bit, and that’s gonna make a
really great dark coral shade. So I’m also going to mix
a really yellow-orange. And that’s going to be more
of like how it’s going to read more of a little more coral. Between those two colors, I’m going to have a
nice variation of color. A little more red to that. And then I’m gonna go
ahead and start painting. So I’m putting down that
lighter orange coral shade. And I’m gonna do the same thing
I did with the red flowers, I’m just going to put that
over the entire flower and then I’ll let that dry. So now I’m going to
mix up a yellow shade, and I don’t want it to be
this really bright yellow. I want it to be toned
back just a little bit, so it’s a little bit
more of a golden color. So I’m going to add the
tiniest bit of purple, just a little tiny
dab of purple. I don’t want too much, in fact I’m going to wipe
some of it off over here. And then I’ll bring
it over to my yellow. And I’ll mix that in,
and that’s gonna give it a little bit more
of a golden shade. And just tone back the
really really bright yellow. I’ll put that over
the yellow flowers. I want these areas to be
completely dry before I move on. So I hit that with my heat tool. And then now I’m coming
in with the darker shades of each of these. And I’m keeping the
shading really simple, I’m not trying to
blend in the shading. I mostly just want there
to be a darker shade on the flowers, kinda
like they’re two-tone. So that they don’t read so flat. They don’t look as flat
as they did before. I’m gonna move on to the
darker orange coral shade. I’m gonna put
those over the top. I really love how on
some of these areas where that underpainting
was a little stronger, that the flowers look
like a slightly different shade of orange. Or a golden color, I think
that’s a really interesting look to it. And it’s a fun way to get
variation in your painting. Try doing an underpainting,
and it’ll really, I think it gives a little bit
more of a sophisticated look. So I’m cleaning up my
palette, just with a baby wipe ’cause I’m gonna be mixing
some additional colors for the leaves. And I wanna make sure I have a nice clean palette to do that. So I’ve already painted
half of the leaves on this background. And now I’m gonna show you
mixing colors for the rest. Basically I took
a large paintbrush ’cause I needed a large amount of this green and
blue-green paint. I ran out and that’s
why I’m mixing more. So I moved to larger brush, I think this is a size 10 brush. And I’m using a larger brush ’cause I’m going to get
larger petals of ink, or of paint. So I’m adding a bunch of green
into both of my sections. And then I’m going to be
adding some additional colors to just tone these
back a little bit. So on the color on the bottom, I’m going to be adding
a little bit of yellow to make it more
of a yellow-green, really brighten that up, you can see in the
finished painting that on the leaves
there’s kind of a brighter yellow-green shade. That’s what this color
is on the bottom. And then for the color that’s
in the middle of palette, I’m going to be adding
quite a bit of blue because I want it to be a
little bit more of a blue shade. And I’m also going
to tone it back by adding a little
bit of orange. So you’ll see that process here. I forgot I did add some
purple to that yellow-green and it kinda grayed
it out too much. So then I added lots more yellow and that kind of
solves that issue. And then it was, became
more of that yellow-green, but toned it back
just a little bit. So I’m gonna add that
blue to that middle shade. Get it to a nice blue-green. And I do want it to be a
little more on the blue side than green. Because it is going to be
paired with that yellow-green and so the two of those together are really going to look nice. And a little bit of that
orange like I mentioned, that just tones it
back a little bit. And now I’ve got my two
shades that I’ll be using as I do the painting
on all of the leaves. So basically I’m just
going in really randomly and very loosely. Just dropping in some
different bits of color. I’m not being too precise, I’m not trying to
stay within the lines. I just want to get
this color on here and there’s quite a bit
of spaces to color in. So I added, I kinda alternated
between these two colors. I would add a little bit of
the brighter yellow-green and then I’d go back
and add some of that toned back blue-green. Just trying to get a
variation in color. So if you want it
to be more precise while you were painting
this, you definitely could spend a little more time on it, but I decided that since
this background was so large, and covering such a
large amount of space, that I would keep
this very simple and not complicate it too much. I like the little bit of shading
that I had on the flowers and I didn’t think I needed
to add a whole bunch more. Didn’t need to add a bunch more, so I’m going to add
a darker red shade on all of these buds on
each of the flower clusters. And then I’m going to go ahead
and let this dry completely so that I can move
on with my card. So once it was
dry, I cut it down so it could be a
background on my card. And I actually made a
little bit of a mistake, I cut it a little
bit too narrow. I should have cut it at three
and three-quarters wide, but I cut it at
three and a half. But that’s okay, I have
some really fun strips left over that I can
use on another card. And when I go to
assemble this card, I’ll just have to trim off
a little bit off the side because my card will
be a little too wide, so I just trimmed off
a quarter of an inch off that one side, and then
it was completely centered. As far as the greeting goes, I stamped a happy birthday
from that greeting stamp set in VersaMark ink onto some
licorice twist card stock from Basil. And then I applied some
white heat embossing powder and melted that
with the heat tool. And then trimmed out the
piece and adhered it down onto the card. And I just used a little
bit of foam adhesive behind the flower background and also behind the
happy birthday strip. So while I was
painting the flowers, I didn’t worry about
these center areas because I knew that I wanted
to use a white gel pen and just add a
little bit of white to the centers of the flowers. I thought that’d be really fun. And then I took a clear Wink
of Stella glitter brush pen and added a bunch of shimmer
on top of the flowers and the buds. And because I’d recently
squeezed my Wink of Stella, a lot of shimmer came out. Which I don’t mind, I
like lots of sparkle. So that’s my card for today, hope that gave you an example of how I might use a
little bit of color mixing with my regular card making. I’ll be back on Friday
with another example and show you all
that color mixing. Thanks for watching
and I’ll catch you guys in the next video. (upbeat music)


  • jocelyn mauri says:


  • Arianator Grande says:

    I love this! I can't wait to see the rest of this amazing series!

  • Terrie Rodrigue says:

    Well done Kristina….one day I'm going to give this a try…….tfs

  • Thursday's Child says:

    Haven't watched yet but I'm sure the video is great!

  • Katie L says:

    I am LOVING this series. You inspire so much confidence in me to try these! πŸ˜€ I recently got the Mama Elephant Botanical Hello stamp and I think it will be a fun spot to start! Thanks for your encouragement! πŸ’–

  • Tess Hackett says:

    I am really enjoying this color mixing, hope to see more like this.

  • MercΓ¨ Soto Codines says:

    It's a gorgeous card. THANK VERY MUCH

  • B Clark says:

    Great technique

  • Heysel O says:

    love to see your color mixing techniques. im a newbie in water coloring and sometimes it is too difficult for me to know which colors to mix. your videos are really helpful! thanks Kristina! keep 'em coming! 😊

  • Julie Bergacker says:

    Wonderful card. Enjoyed your water coloring thank you πŸ˜€πŸ‘

  • LAFiiiNA says:

    Hey Kristina, I hope you see this! I would love to see you make a video on the best stamps to get for beginners and I would also like to see a video on making what may seem to be an ugly card turn out to be something beautiful.

  • Kaitlin Bones says:

    Love this technique!

  • TouchedbyanAngele Crafts says:

    you are so talented…absolutely gorgeous colors and card

  • beezorob says:

    I love how you used a small stamp and filled the page. Lovely!

  • Becky Pelletier says:

    I am enjoying your watercolor series! So helpful! Thank you.

  • RoseMarie Terpening says:

    Awesome card and great tips for water coloring. I would love to see a card made from the 'scraps' – extra pieces.

  • Kathy Rudolph says:

    I'm amazed at the results you achieve with inexpensive paintboxes!

  • Teresa Doyle says:

    This is so amazing Kristina, I cannot wait to try this. Looking forward to seeing more in this series. TFS!

  • fRitaNfLora says:

    Hey Kristina, I just wanted to take a second and say thank you for all you do for the crafting world. Sharing your time and talent to help teach us to use our crafting products in so many ways is deeply appreciated! Your kindness and grace definitely show through! So thank you for being a great female role model! Rita

  • Hem Joo Yeo says:


  • Maggie Brinkley says:

    Your videos using these cheap paints are so instructive! All the colour blending is teaching me so much! Thank you! X

  • Michelle Daigle says:

    Thank you for the video. Your card is beautiful.

  • JKAGermann says:

    I love the shaded areas on the flowers!

  • Anita Clegg says:

    Kristina, you are amazing! I love all your videos. thank you for sharing.😊

  • Robin Cooper says:

    Thank you so much for showing us how you mix colors! I was shocked to see that the greens were toned down! I love how you did the underpainting! I need to try that! Thank you so much!

  • Carol Bostick says:

    It's beautiful!

  • Jazzy says:

    I'm curious as to what you do to clean your brush in between using each color? Like when you have green on the brush and then get more of the yellow. A cup of water never seems to work for me because the water just gets muddy and then turns the colors muddy πŸ˜”

  • Donna Dacy says:

    This turned out beautiful. I love how simple the background was done and then how loose the flowers/leaves were done. Thanks for sharing.

  • Renee VanEpps says:

    Awesome card, thanks for the painting tips as always πŸ™‚

  • *Tracy Born Again Farm Girl says:

    That was a nice video !

  • dedesu3 says:

    Great video. Thank you.

  • Sandra James says:

    Your nails are spectacular and so spring like! Such a beautiful thing. Thank you. Spring can't come soon enough for me.

  • Terri Spencer says:

    LOVE this series that you are doing. I learned so much today. The split-screen was a perfect teaching/demonstration format. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and talents.

  • Poorstargazer23 says:

    Split screen was super helpful!

  • Debbie Peysen says:

    Awesome card. I love how you show one does not have to spend tons of money to make a card.

  • Wanda Dienes says:

    I am really loving your watercolor tutorials. I have learned so much from you and the best thing is that I can take what you taught straight to my craft room, try it out and have success! I also love that you included how you mix the colors, so helpful! Thank you so much for all of your fabulous videos!

  • katrine leber says:

    great video! love it! hugs, treen

  • Craft Bunny says:

    Can you also teach us a about shading with watercolor? How to give dimensions to our watercolored images?

  • Lindsey C says:

    Thank you Katrina I'm getting the confidence to keep practicing my watercolouring thanks to your videos sending you hugs from Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ˜Š

  • Fe A says:

    thanks for sharing your tips! I hope to try some of them soon!

  • Pippa says:

    Insanely helpful awesome video!

  • Debi Vintinner says:

    I really love the technic for your background.❀️

  • Theresa Watamaniuk says:

    Kristina, just have to say that I truly enjoy all your videos….I love how you take a simple stamp and make this beautiful background for a card…using simple paint and your mixing techniques give me inspiration to try this…and I will!! Thank you so very much!

  • Donna Jo says:

    Thanks for the card–it is really pretty.

  • Nivisha Kohli says:

    This is so damn pretty. I am your fan.

  • Stationery Elixir says:

    Yes just yes

  • Mini Chandran says:

    who else feels like a portion of your heart is trimmed when she trims away such amazing pieces? πŸ™‹πŸ™‹

  • gatosandwichera says:

    Thank you very much Kristina for the effort you make to create all of these videos!! Watching you not only color but mix the colors too is really helpful!! I have learnt quite a lot from you over the years, so a really big thank you to you!!

  • Marisol Pearls says:

    I love it! its so pretty!

  • Regina Rooks says:


  • christinanunez09 says:

    So pretty!!

  • Ellen van der Have says:

    beautiful…it looks so easy….but i know it isn,t….you are a real artist Kristina!!!

  • Norine Mueller says:

    Thank you so much

  • Valerie Breingan says:

    Thank you,thank you,Kristina! great learning for me.

  • Irene Isbell says:

    Hello Kristina , Thank you so much . You are a great teacher . I am learning a lot from you . Hugs.

  • mamaphii says:

    Hey kristina you deserve more subs!!!

  • Donna Okoniewski says:

    Very Pretty.

  • Anne-Mette Larsen says:

    Really love this series Kristina. Thank you!!!

  • Home made Home says:

    Hy! I love your cards and videos. I live in Hungary, and here I can't buy crayolan paint :(. I usr another watercolor but not real. Your works is very beautifoul, thx!!!

  • Corky King says:

    I have a friend who is a Psychologist, specializing in children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. She is a trained Arts Therapist, so she uses expressive arts in her work. I've recently shown her your videos on using inexpensive craft items. She is a big fan now!

  • lindokian says:

    can you do more birthday cards because some of my friends is nearly their birthday but I don't want to give them the same card again again and again! I really like your happy birthday cards!

  • Alex Furey says:

    This video was fantastic!! I've often wished I could see what you're doing off camera with the palette, I struggle when I'm painting to know whe I should work straight from the palette or when I should make a pool of colour. Thanks so much, this was fantastic and the card turned out so well!

  • Nancy Lynn says:

    So beautiful Kristina; I don't think that I could do that though…just watching you, you would mention the color you wanted and I was thinking to myself, "self, what color would you mix to get that" and of course, what I thought and what you did were mostly different LOL! That means one thing for me….'practice, practice, practice'! Thank you so much for the education Kristina!!!

  • Pamela Atacan says:

    Thanks so much for explaining all of what and why of you color mixing choices. Educational for me!

  • Susan Green says:

    Beautiful coloring as always.

  • TheSCRAPPER46 says:


  • sacconner says:

    Absolutely incredible! If I tried that, Kristina, I'd have water color everywhere and in all the wrong places. Thank you for sharing a technique that even I can try. Love the card!

  • Robyn G says:

    So pretty! I admire your ability to not over-control your painting, that's something I really struggle with! TFS!

  • Katy Glenn says:

    Wow you make it look so easy.Β  I have to try it!Β  Thanks for sharing and stay blessed!

  • Pamela Cunningham says:

    Very pretty card l always like your water color tutorials thanks for sharing.

  • Karen Emmith says:

    So helpful! Thanks!!

  • Barbara Burgess says:

    Love it!

  • Maggie Baxter says:

    Hi Kristina ~ The recent watercolor videos are definitely videos that I'll be revisiting again and again. Loved the split screen in this video, although I imagine it was considerably more work for you. I really appreciate the time and effort you put into these videos so that we can learn as you go (thank goodness for the pause button!!). Have a wonderful weekend! ~HUGS~

  • maisecat x says:

    Another helpful video, thanks!

  • Feruza Sayfullina says:

    Thank you so much for your videos, they are so inspiring.

  • Rose says:

    Love this card.Β  Your watercoloring is gorgeous!

  • Tracie Pond says:

    Beautiful, thank you for sharing with us =)

  • Candrasekhara Baichan says:

    That's awesome. your work is amazing. and I love that u use simple tools…..not a whole bunch of different brand inks thst coat a fortune

  • patricia posk says:

    A great blending of complex and simple…love it…and because it's blended of the two it doesn't feel cluttered.

  • Anne-Maree Sleigh says:

    Thankyou for this. It was fascinating and I'm actually encouraged to give it a try, which is scary but awesome.

  • Sheena Joy says:

    Beautiful card! Plus your nails are just gorgeous!

  • Barbara Eddings says:

    Love to watch this. Do you have for bullet journals things you can buy. I have an I pad and on most printing for the stickers it doesn't work with what I have. Do you or any other bujo artist have stickers you can buy instead of having to print. Sorry this doesn't go with your painting right now but I tried to get the question when you were on the bullet journal. Thanks

  • Stefanie Staniak says:

    Simply beautiful. The split screen works wonderful, too.Thanks for sharing your talents.

  • Stylistaaaa says:

    I like the spit screen. Thank you!

  • Jan Arnold says:

    Love it!

  • Regina Romero says:

    Thank you for a wonderful video. You teach so well,

  • Linda Ruschmeyer says:

    It's so relaxing to watch you paint. Simply lovely. TFS

  • Lin Len says:

    Just wanted to thank you for creating this card. I made one and really enjoyed the process. You are such a great teacher – everything seems so approachable.

  • Jongkey Shinee says:

    Ψ¬Ω…ΩŠΩ„ Ψ¬Ψ―Ψ§Ω‹ <3

  • Nancy Lynn says:

    Kristina, I will be forever grateful for what you give to this wonderful papercrafting community of ours! Loving this series and always look forward to your tutorials! TFS and until next time…

  • Jarex Gaming says:

    looking for some prang watercolor tutorial then found this. huge help thank you and i appreciate how u split the screen to show color mixing woww thank you! πŸ˜€

  • Lily G says:

    This is such a great video! Will definitely give this technique a try πŸ™‚

  • Linda Tjagvad Kristiansen says:

    Nice and easy to understand the use of color mixing. Thank you 🎨

  • Lesley Broadley says:

    Hi Kristina I love this card, I have lots of flower stamps I can use to do this technique, thanks so much for the idea xx

  • Catt Geller says:

    Thank you so much ….. your video has been very helpful to me as I continue to learn how to mix colors. Having the split screen was very very helpful …..I appreciate all the hard work that goes into the videos …!

  • Nancy Osborn says:

    Hey Kristina! I know this series is over a year old, but I just wanted to show you that "some" of us still use these videos as a reference guide. I've been exploring the world of watercolor and doing MAJOR research. I was able to get the Silver Brush Co. Black Velvets that I see so many people use at an amazing price. I was able to get 6 different sizes for under $25! I've think that I've narrowed my actual watercolor "wish list" down to the Mijello Mission Golds… I wasn't happy with the results from Van Gogh, Prima, Jane Davenport or the Gansai Tambi… I did purchase the large Daniel Smith dot chart and I'm in LOOOOVE with them, but I just can't afford them because I do suffer from "all the things" syndrome! LOL! I'm trying to learn to mix colors to make other colors because I'm wondering if I get one of the "basics" from the Daniel Smith line, that perhaps that might be a good investment? I'm just not sure how many colors I can make from it or how far it will stretch (I only do small stamped images for cards). Is it worth it to go through all of that or just do something like the Mission Golds and be done with it? Good watercolors are an investment and I want to make sure I make the right choices. I've already wasted so much on ones that just dont work for me. The products are what they are and work fine, if that's the look you're going for. I just didn't find their transparency to be good enough. They are too opaque to me. So, please tell me, rock on with Mission Golds or save my pennies and try to beg Santa for DS? Or do you have another option I should try? Sheesh, my simple THANK YOU message turned into an essay! LOL! Sorry and THANK YOU!!! 😁😁😁

  • Kevin Van der Borght says:

    Loved this, Kristina. I was wondering though. Does orange tone down all colour combinations or just those you used in this video?

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