This entry was originally posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

When I teach pouring watercolor classes, I always have a couple of students hold up their paint pots to me and ask,

“Is this the right color?”

What they are really asking is

“Is this the right value?”

It is difficult to tell what value a color is just by looking at it mixed up in your little container.

The only way to know if you have the right value is to test it on a scrap piece of watercolor paper.

If it is too light in value, you add more paint.

Too dark, add more water.

Leslie Lambert

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