A week or two ago, Marie left a comment about the Traditional Colors of Japan. She posted two links; The Traditional Colors of Japan from Wikipedia and from Ki Do Raku Japan – Traditional Colors of Japan. They are both terrific but the first one gave RGB equivalents for the colors. That meant that I could create the color in Painter and add it to a color set. Why would I want to, I hear you saying. Good question.
I’m fond of the art of Japan and China, well all of Asia. The color is a major part of the attraction for me. So, when I saw a site that had all the colors listed, I had to make a color set for myself. I cannot tell you that the set is accurate. Color management on the Web is non-existent, which doesn’t matter in this case, as long as the RGB numbers are correct. I have no way of knowing if they are.
The Traditional colors of Japan have an interesting history. Apparently they date back to 603…that’s quite a history. That is all I know. I haven’t taken the time to research the colors.
Once I made the set, I tried a simple watercolor with colors only from the set. I can’t say the painting was a rousing success, but I can say that I do love the color set. While painting, I used several new brushes that have not been published. Last time that disappointed many folks because they wanted to follow along. So this time I provided a brush category that has all the brushes used. Look for all the downloads at the end of the post.
Here is the image that I created. After finishing, I did use the default equalize and then faded it by 50%. I didn’t show that in the video. The flowers are forsythia.
And for your viewing pleasure…or not…here is the video of painting process. Sorry it is so long; I hadn’t planned on it being over 25 or 30 minutes…oh well. I hope you enjoy it.
You can get the color set, the brushes used for the Forsythia Painting and the Airbrush Wet’s Paper category from the following link: Tools for Forsythia Painting.
I hope I remembered all the brushes and stuff. If I left something out, please let me know.