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New Color Tuesday: Spring Watercolors Pt 1

layoutI selected another watercolor from my cousin, Doris Ettlinger, for my April NCT mixes. I love this watercolor, especially right now.  We've had some rain here in Southern California, followed by big sunny days.  Which means the weeds and grasses are about as high as this painting! I have no grass, having shifted to native plants and hardscape several years ago, so I am not trying to locate the mower like my neighbors.

I love all the greens in this image, I want to roll in them!  I restrained myself to one challenging yellow/green. I got carried away with two separate palettes this week.  One I pretty much knew wouldn't give me the color I wanted, but I couldn't help myself.  I'm still a little intrigued with what happens when I introduce Ecru into mixes, so I present the first mix:

NCTApril_1aI kind of figured that the Wasabi would be a little too bold for the color I was reaching for, but I wanted to see what happened when I mixed it with Ecru.  The reason?  I accidentally discovered that I could mix my own Key Lime Souffle (I always run out of it) by mixing Latte and Canary pretty much 1:1, so I wanted to see what happened when I mixed Wasabi and Ecru - and look at all those Key Lime shades!

For the "real" color mix I selected Spanish Olive as the green, but I also added a little Wasabi in the final mixes on the right. I think every one of these greens is represented in the watercolor!


If you want to see more of my cousin, Doris Ettlinger's watercolors, check out these websites, and her latest book illustration, The Legend of Sea Glass, is available on
facebook/dorisettlingerstudio        etsy/DorisEttlingerStudio

As always,all the NCT color mixes are at:

Check out the new polymer clay color mixing app, called Color Mixr for Polymer Clay for both Android and Apple platforms!

And finally, my hatband tutorial for Polymer Clay Adventure (PCA2016) is coming up this Spring, but in the meantime, you can check out the incredible artists who have dropped their tutorials already in the PCA this year.  Remember, you can join at any time and view the tutorials at your convenience! There are 24 different teachers and 28 video classes.  Read all about the payment options and join right here! (