I knew that I must have my top 12 colors in this palette. However, the palette has 17 wells, and I don’t like to leave empty wells, so I had to select 5 more colors. I was sure about 2: I wanted to include two greens: Green Gold PY129 and Winsor Green Yellow Shade PG36. There were still 3 spaces. I thought, since green is a complementary color and I don’t have complementary colors in my set, I would add orange (Transparent Orange PO107) and violet (Winsor Violet PV23). I thought it would be nice to have ready-made complementary colors. Why not. I decided to add Yellow Ochre PY43 in the last free space.
Note 1: I use Winsor&Newton paints. One of the exceptions I used from a different brand was Translucent Orange PO71 from Schmincke. That is a beautiful warm orange. However, I wanted to keep the paints from one brand this time, so I thought I would use Transparent Orange PO107 by Winsor&Newton. Schmincke’s orange is brighter and warmer compared to W&N’s. But I thought I would give it a chance. I don’t use a ready-made orange a lot anyway, so it shouldn’t be a problem.
Note 2: I may replace Ultramarine Blue with Ultramarine Finest by Schmincke Horadam in the future. Ultramarine is a wonderful one-of-a-kind color. It’s hard to find a similar alternative. However, most Ultramarines are granulating. I can’t say I’m a big fan of granulating colors. If I have a choice, I prefer non-granulating ones. Schmincke’s Ultramarine Finest is known as the least granulating ultramarine blue. I still have a lot of W&N paint, but when I run out of it, I may go for Schmincke’s version.
Here you can see how I arranged colors in the new palette. I hope it will be comfortable to work with this palette. I can’t wait to use it for the first time!