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Do you mix your colours on you palette or create them in the paper 

171 deviants said Mostly palette but sometimes paper
132 deviants said Always on the palette
131 deviants said Both
36 deviants said Mostly paper but sometimes palette
28 deviants said Always on paper

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dutch0927 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I mostly mix on paper, allowing colors to dry before glazing over them.  That way, I do not get a "palette" mix but the true underpainted colors reflect through the transparent colors. 
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015   General Artist
I've never tried mixing on paper :no: but will give it a try on my next painting :nod: thanks for the hint :clap:
musogato Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I mostly use watercolor pencils, so I always have to mix the colors on the paper. Which I guess is just as well; I'm terrible at judging how much liquid/etc to use, so I'm pretty sure that if I did use palettes I would always have too little or too much.
Roseprincess1 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
It tends to be a combination of both for me depending on what im attempting to do..
Some things like skin tone require that the under tones are painted first then the main tone is glazed on top.
However the main tone often requires one or more colors..
(one of my faves is naples yellow hue with cobalt violet for a lovely pale skin tone... or cadmium yellow hue with cad red dark( A VERY SMALL AMOUNT) also makes a great skin tone but its really what ever you like)

I have about a million paint boxes and like five posy pallets (these lil suckers.. tho mine only have 7 wells each >>>[link] )
so i have lots of room to play around and see what works.
LucieOn Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mostly on my palette, but when working wet on wet, I like to create new colours on the paper :)
Riana-art Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Artist
I mix most of my colors on the palette, since the final colors look more transparent and lucent when they are painted in few layers. A sheet of used watercolor paper is good to try out the mixed color before actually painting with it.
Takuichi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
both, depending on the paper and the kind of colors i'm using.
zzen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mostly work in layers, or wet on wet, so I mix usually on paper, or I layer the raw colours on paper, so they mix in the end :)
FabriceW Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always create a base colour on palette but then add some colours in the wet wash, so they mix on the paper.
Generally speaking I always prepare my colours on the palette.
SnowblindOtter Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
I usually mix colors if I need a straight light-wash to start out, but if I want to experiment with a more 'organic' color I suppose I'll glaze a few thinned layers
Vanessanon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Writer
Annoyingly, I often mix it on the paper then have trouble matching it for somewhere else I need it :XD:
Wolf-Smith Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Both, but as a general rule if I want neutral tones of particular value I mix on the palette. If however I want mixed colors, its almost always on paper.
LadyHazy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I know it's a generally accepted fact that it's better to mix paints on paper and not on the palette. But control freak that I am, I want to have some idea of what the final color will look like and so mix on the palette more than I mix on paper.

I do love paper-mixed colors, though. They're so complex and vibrant.
abasss Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
I bought a new watercolor kit recently, but I don't want to stain it with paint (yeah, I know it can be easily cleaned) so I've been mixing all my colours on the paper lately, painting layer by layer. I've never done this before, but I like this technique.
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