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Get The Most Out Of Granulating Watercolors & Mix Potter’s Pink

Get the most out of granulating watercolors & mix Potter’s Pink. If you’re new to watercolor, this video introduces you to granulating watercolor and how to mix Potter’s Pink which you probably don’t have in your stash.

Granulating Watercolor on Baubles & Branch Stamp Bundle

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Get The Most Out Of Granulating Watercolors

Granulating watercolors are polarizing, some artists love them while others avoid them at all costs. In this video, I discuss what granulating watercolors are, how to use them, and how to get the most out of that lovely granulated texture.

Additionally, I discuss choosing the right ink pad for no-line watercolor. Consider whether you want all the stamped lines to disappear or if you want a hint of the lines and structure of the stamped image to remain.

I share a couple of things to avoid when mixing watercolors, extending the life of your watercolor brushes. Hang with me to the end of the video where I show you how to mix Potter’s Pink in case you don’t have it in your stash. Plus,

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Mix Potter’s Pink

If you’re new to watercolor or a watercolor beginner you may only have a small selection of paints and Potter’s Pink isn’t one of the basics. So, I thought it would be useful to show you how to mix Potter’s Pink in the video.

Starting with the Daniel Smith Essentials Watercolor Set is a great place to start for beginner watercolorists. For under $35, you get six 5 ml tubes of paint including cool primary and warm primary colors. These pigments were specifically chosen to give you a wide range of colors and values when mixed.

Mix Potter's Pink Watercolor
Left to Right
Letter Sparrow Potter’s Pink
Pyrrol Crimson, Burnt Umber, French Ultramarine
Pyrrol Crimson, Goethite, Cerulean Blue
Pyrrol Crimson, Goethite, Cerulean Blue (more red & less blue than 3rd swatch)

As you can see in the left swatch above, I started by swatching Potter’s Pink which is a handmade watercolor by Letter Sparrow. Next, I used Daniel Smith Fine Watercolors to mix a Potter’s Pink. While I used Pyrrol Crimson in my mixtures, you could substitute Quinacridone Rose or Permanent Rose as well. I leaned towards a cool pink/red watercolor pigment.

Letter Sparrow Potter’s Pink is heavily granulated as seen in the swatch on the left. The mixtures have varying degrees of granulation as Burnt Umber, French Ultramarine, Goethite, and Cerulean Blue are granulating pigments.

Granulating Potter's Pink on Nature Baubles Stamp Set
Check out the granulation and texture of the Potter’s Pink bauble. So yummy!

If you want to mix a non-granulating (smooth) Potter’s Pink mixture choose pigments that are non-granulating such as Quinacridone Rose, Quinacridone Gold, and Phthalo Blue. Keep in mind that Quinacridone Rose is a very strong color that may need dilution to produce a dusky Potter’s Pink mixture.

While Goethite and Cerulean Blue are super granulating colors, you can see that the mixture did not produce the same heavy granulation of Letter Sparrow Potter’s Pink. Play around with your mixtures and see what type of texture you can create, but these recipes will give you a good start on mixing a dusty pink.

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