Watercolor painting is a little about water and a little about color. You can get the water many places, but becoming familiar with the color wheel may take a bit more time. The color wheel shows the primary colors — red, yellow, and blue — and the many colors they can combine to make. The primary colors are the basis for every other color, and you can’t create the primaries by mixing other colors.

Use the color wheel to choose color painting schemes, mix color formulas, and make color combinations. Neutralize a color (make it less bright and more natural — towards gray) by mixing it with its complement, found opposite it on the color wheel.

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