Recipes for Gorgeous Grays in Watercolor

It’s important to have some quiet, muted grays in your composition to give the viewer’s eyes a place to rest; too many intense, vibrant colors can be overwhelming. Gray tones can also make other colors look even more vibrant in comparison.

Mixing two complementary colors will create a gray, as will combining all three primary colors. You can control the temperature and the value of the gray you create by adjusting the ratio of the colors used and the amount of water you add to it.

In the August issue of Watercolor Artist, Rose Edin shares her secrets for creating clean, luminous color, including these recipes for gorgeous grays.

Rose Edin is the author of Color Harmonies, Paint Watercolors Filled With Light.

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