When you have a tube of paint with a generic sort of name like “Speedball Red”, it’s difficult to know what it will do when mixed with your other pigments.  Will it behave more like a cadmium red or like an Alizarin Crimson?  Can a purple be created when mixed with a blue?

Color Mix comparisons

Comparing the results of these color wheels, Speedball Red is a cooler red than I had imagined it would be.  It’s much closer to Alizarin Crimson than to Cadmium Red Light.  I will make another sample mix using a Cadmium Red Medium and a Vermillion.

Notice that using Cadmium Red Light and Joe’s blue (Phthalo) the mix is more of a brown than any sort of purple.  Good to know!  There is far too much yellow in the Cadmium Red Light, preventing a purple from appearing.

Color Wheels created using watercolor paints.


Here is another variation of the basic three hue mixes for the Color Wheel Game Color Wheels.

New Gamboge, Speedball Red, Joe’s Blue (Phthalo) Color Wheel

The Color Wheel on the left is another example of a fifteen minute watercolor, color wheel presented in the Color Game Workshop.  To the right is a color wheel showing neutrals created by mixing near complements from the colors created for the wheel on the left.

Two Variations of the near complement mixes

You have two choices when mixing near complements, the one to the right of the complement and the one to the left of the complement.  The two wheels above show both variations as well as showing different ways of applying the paint to create the color wheel.  I try to get as much information as possible in each wheel.  These neutral mix color wheels are far more time consuming than the fifteen minute basic color wheel.  It is soooooooo easy to get confused and mix the wrong colors.

These wheels were made using New Gamboge, Speedball Red and Joe’s Blue (phthalo).  It is a versatile color palette and may become one of my favorites.