Hi Mixed Media Society Club Member!!
I hope you're having a Fab weekend! Ready to leave the world of painting with Tombows behind to move into watercolors? I ALWAYS love a good excuse to get my watercolors out and am super excited!!
Here is the beauty we'll be creating today...
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I LOVE how she turned out, and hope you do too!
If you've been following me for a while, you likely already know that I kinda hate mixing my own skin tones in watercolor. And ever since I reviewed the Prima Complexions watercolor palette back in 2019 on YouTube - I've been using this set almost exclusively whenever I'm in the mood to create watercolor portraits.
Some people love mixing their own skin tones, but I feel like it takes too long and there's too much guesswork involved. I'd much rather dip my brush into a color that already exists, and know with confidence what's going to appear on my paper EVERY TIME. Hence, why I fell in love with the Complexions Watercolor Palette by Prima.
Over the next few weeks, in the Skin Tones classroom, I'll show ya step-by-step how to use this palette to achieve beautiful skin tones in light, medium and dark just by using these 12 colors!
If you're someone who LOVES mixing her own skin tones - hang tight, because I've got a plan FOR YOU! My Scottish bestie, Lucy Brydon, is a fantastic watercolorist. And she love, love, LOVES mixing her own skin tones! Over the next few weeks, she will be joining me as a guest teacher in the Mixed Media Society to teach you her best tips and tricks for creating skin tones from scratch!
By having lessons from both of us on this topic, you'll get to explore what YOU like best from these two, totally different perspectives!
As I always, say, please don't feel pressured to go out and buy the supplies I'm using. Use whatever you have on hand. If you can swing ~$25 for the Complexions set, you might want to, especially if you feel like you're in the camp of preferring convenient skin tones right outta the pan :)
Just remember Prima watercolors (any of their sets) are NOT lightfast or a fine-art supply. But for something that's "less" than a fine-art supply, the quality and price point can't be beat, in my opinion.
Mechanical Pencil 0.7 from this adorable new inexpensive set https://amzn.to/3OW5YBL
My long and skinny Swatching Journal https://amzn.to/3nWGvYT
Empty watercolor palette https://amzn.to/3pzhyDr
Complexion Set by Prima https://amzn.to/45upKdu
Arches 9" x 12" cold press watercolor paper https://amzn.to/47V3I50
Polina Bright Watercolor Brushes https://www.polinabright.com/karencampbell and use coupon code KARENCAMPBELL to save 10% off your order
For Super Affordable and awesome Creative Mark WATERCOLOR Brushes https://amzn.to/3gCZWRZ
Pentel Arts Sign Pen w/ Micro Brush https://amzn.to/3JhAjZ2
Copic Opaque Paint with Brush https://amzn.to/3Dfr1ZW
Assorted Watercolor Pencils in Blue, Black and Terra Cotta
Daniel Smith Carb Violet https://amzn.to/45NVKsH
And just for funsies... in the video, I mention there are some colors by Daniel Smith that I've also used on occasion (right outta the tube!) to depict skin tones. Here are those colors:
Verona Gold https://amzn.to/3C0w8u4
Yellow Gold https://amzn.to/3P3Gy4a
Italian Deep Ochre https://amzn.to/45MQCVD
Roasted French Ochre https://amzn.to/45FLS4i
Raw Sienna https://amzn.to/45xaXi8
Burnt Umber https://amzn.to/3KXKfqL
👉Let's get started!
Karen Campbell, Mixed Media Artist, Author & Online Art Class Instructor
"Karen is flipping hilarious and she's very real...I like the way she teaches in a way that really gives you confidence, whether you're a beginner or advanced there's always something new to learn!"
- Elizabeth W.
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