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The Limited Watercolour Palette Monthly Challenge with the Wanderers

When we started this challenge I didn’t think it would last more than 5  palettes. This is our 26th palette this month!

What is the Limited Watercolour Palette Monthly Challenge?

The challenge revolves around using a restricted palette of 3 to 4 watercolour colors to paint each month. These colors are thoughtfully selected by enthusiasts and professionals in our art community.

Why do we do it?

We started off with the ZORN palette  because someone in the art community wanted to try it. As they say, the rest is history. The challenge is born out of the belief that limitations can spark creativity. The limited palette fosters a deeper understanding of color relationships, and we explore various mixing techniques to achieve diverse shades and tones.

How do we do it?

1. Palette Reveal and Show-and-Tell:

At the beginning of each month, we started off with a  "Show-and-Tell" to showcase artworks from our art community using the palette from last month. This is followed by the introduction of the new palette of 3 to 4 watercolour colors which we will use for the next 3 weeks.

2. Themed Painting Weeks:

The challenge continues with themed painting weeks throughout the month.

   - Week 1: Dessert Delights (Starting with English Alphabet): We embark on a delightful journey of painting desserts, with each sweet treat corresponding to a letter in the English alphabet. We have actually completed this theme and will be painting botanicals next.


  - Week 2: Anything Goes: The second week offers boundless artistic freedom, allowing participants to paint anything they want using the limited palette.


  - Week 3: Portrait: As the challenge nears its conclusion, we dive into the captivating world of portraiture. A carefully curated reference photo by accomplished portrait painter Zhuhuan serves as inspiration for artists to create stunning portraits using the limited palette.

Communal Learning and Support:

Throughout the challenge, the art community remains connected through our discord forum and discussions during weekly livestream. So, if you're an aspiring watercolour artist or a seasoned pro seeking fresh inspiration, join us in this enriching journey of artistic expression and camaraderie. Let the limited palette spark your creativity and open new doors of artistic possibilities! Happy painting!

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