color palette / watercolors


  • SVS OG

    Hi, Julia! Perhaps you can try other mediums like pastels if you’re still not that familiar with watercolors. They’re more easy to use.



  • I have taken a number of classes on color but by far the to me the best lessons are the ones Will terry teaches even his YouTube painting have a ton of info on color. Beyond that spend time doing studies of the images you like to break them down and learn their color formula.



  • @nyrrylcadiz ahah! thanks! pastels are no way easier unfortunately for me 🙂



  • @rcartwright love the idea! I feel I still have a lot to do before I am happy with the result. I guess my nephew and niece may be adults when I am ready to give them the book! 🙂


  • SVS OG

    @julia How old are your niece and nephew? Two years ago when I decided to get back into drawing/painting I started a book for my 3 year old niece but I sent it to her as letters, about one a month. I knew that at the end I would have to revise the whole thing if I wanted to do a genuine book because I was learning as I went, but it was fun for my niece to get mail, it kept me working and improving, and she didn’t have to wait for me to finish to be able to enjoy it. (She was 4 before I finished!) It’s not a good method if your goal is to produce s cohesive book, however.


  • SVS OG

    I’d really love to see the finish product though. Do you have your sketches done?

    I don’t know if this will be helpful but if you’re still trying to build your color pallette, i suggest going with the basic colors. When i was still using watercolor as my main medium, i have a pretty limited pallete but it still worked fine. Here’s the list of the paints i used:

    Cadmium Red
    Alizarin Crimson
    Cadmium Yellow
    Lemon Yellow
    Ultramarin Blue
    Pthalo Blue
    Burnt Umber
    Raw Sienna

    You can also consider using Payne’s grey and some purple paint. They’re a pain in the butt to mix every time. Having ready to use tubes/pans will save you time.

    Now, with the color pallete above, you can create a very wide range of colors. But if you want a more “sophisticated” color pallete, you can still downsize the list. I hope this helps.



  • @demotlj This is a very good concept! my nephew is 4, my niece 3. Did your niece recall the previous letters? was she frustrated not to know the rest of the story straight away? What if I fail and miss to send the following part of the story? Wouldn't it be a bigger disappointment to them than to me? I shall admit this method is very tempting but also scary!



  • @nyrrylcadiz thank you! I think I need to tun some tests now, I'll let you know! I also put the outcome here and let you know which advice worked the best for me! 😉

    Many thanks again to all, this is a wonderful community here!


  • SVS OG

    @julia The reports I got from her family were that she loved it. She loved getting mail addressed specifically to her and she always poured over the pictures very attentively. I sometimes skipped a month or once when I got behind, I sent her a random picture and invited her to add her own drawings and stories based on it but she never seemed upset by the irregular schedule. (I always texted her Mom when I’d put one in the mail so she could tell my niece to begin watching for it.) At the end, I sent the whole thing electronically because her family admitted many of the letters had gotten scribbled on or torn over the intervening months and they wanted a complete clean copy to keep. I also did this for my daughter her first year in college, sending her a letter every week with a cartoon or two of life at home. I think snail mail is very unique and personal for kids today.



  • @demotlj this is very sensitive! I love your story (and snail mail too). I am now very tempted to replicate the idea - I just have to re think my organization! thank you!
    PS : may I see your story for your niece?


  • SVS OG

    @julia I'd love to show it to you but right now it's still in letter form. I hope to get it into book form next summer. I did the story of Balaam's donkey from the Bible (adding my own humorous take on it) and some of the pictures are posted to my instagram account (instagram.com/demotlj). You have to scroll down because I posted a bunch of watercolors over the summer but basically any paintings with donkeys or angels were from the book.


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