The Perfect Limited Palette for Watercolor Landscapes

Depending on how many tubes of watercolor you own, 14 might be a large number…or tiny!

After over a year of using the same 16-18 colors in my limited palette, and after hundreds of landscape paintings, it was time to make some changes.

I spent a few weeks of extensive research, mixing, and swatching to finally settle on my 14 colors.

In this video I’ll share my process and thoughts for creating my “perfect” limited palette for watercolor landscapes.

See the high resolution swatch sheets and some mixing charts here.

See my favorite supplies here.

Watch the swatching video here:

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I'm an independent artist living in Scotland. Always chasing the light, and painting the beautiful highlands.

4 thoughts on “The Perfect Limited Palette for Watercolor Landscapes

  1. I would love to see a video on how you mix your custom colors for your palette. Watching your searching video was so soothing and beautiful. Thank you!

  2. Fascinating process. I’m impatiently waiting for my first watercolours to arrive. I used to paint in acrylics but the plastic waste thing really bothered me. I also draw in coloured pencils and bought myself some watercolour pencils and found myself constantly making watercolour paints out of them so I figured it was time to play with watercolours. I missed mixing my own colours with pencils so this new journey is going to be fun.

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