Basic Watercolor - The Color Chart

The first assignment in the watercolor class (other than gathering your inspiration shoes which you can see here) was to get to know your color palette by creating a color chart. I'm no stranger to my Winsor & Newton set but I thought it was still a good exercise in seeing the color possibilities from one small box of paints. My set contains Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Cadmium Red Deep Hue, Alizarin Crimson, Purple Lake, Ultramarine, Cerulean, Sap Green, Viridian, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber (and Chinese White, but I don't use that one). I just typed that list without looking at my paints so, yes, I'd say the color chart was a worthwhile assignment! Wow, I even surprised myself. :)

A color chart is sort of like a multiplication table. You write the colors along the side and across the top and then mix the colors accordingly. I had 169 squares, although the colors double up, plus you have just the solid color going diagonally across the center. Here is the chart with no color:


And here is my finished chart. It was time consuming but I just worked on it little by little throughout the day (in between diaper changes and the paying job). :)


Sorry for the blurry picture. A photographer I am not. It's large but I really should've scanned it and stitched it together in photoshop (maybe I will later).  So has anyone else done a color chart? Did you like it? Have a great weekend. Next week... shoes!