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Watercolor Swatch Map Tutorial

Happy Wednesday, all! I’ve had a few questions about creating swatch maps for watercolor palettes, so I thought I’d walk you through while I create one for one of my new palettes.

(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

A few months ago, I purchased a larger palette for my Mijello Mission Gold watercolors because I felt like I needed more space for mixing colors and also larger wells of color. But since setting up the new palette, I haven’t created a swatch map. Swatch maps help me see the colors I have and where they are located in the palette. I realized that because I hadn’t created a swatch map that I wasn’t as inclined to use these paints. I couldn’t tell what the colors were!

NOTE: I still use my previous palette (which is sold with both the palette and the watercolors as a set), especially if I’m traveling. It’s a bit smaller but still has all the colors I need. In fact, that palette has two more colors than my bigger palette.

So in today’s video you’ll see how I measure for the swatch map, plus how I pulled it all together. I didn’t label the colors, but you definitely could do that. I did that on my smaller Mijello palette (see examples here and here). :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Compensated affiliate links used when possible. All items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

Mijello Mission Gold Water Color Set,…
Mijello Bulletproof Glass Palette
Mijello Mission Gold Water Color…
Arches Cold Press Watercolor Pad 9×12…
Escoda Prado Watercolor Brush, Round 8
T-Square Ruler
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Tim Holtz Tonic Maxi Guillotine Paper…
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Sakura Arch Foam Eraser
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  • Reply Megan N July 11, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Your ink organizers are looking amazing! I think I’d just sit and stare at all the rainbowy goodness and never get anything done :-/

  • Reply Teresa Doyle July 12, 2018 at 6:14 am

    A fantastic chart. You have very helpful video tutorials Kristina, thanks for that!

  • Reply Henriëtte July 12, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Not only can you find your colours better now, I always think that a chart looks so amazing with all gorgeous colours on one card, great!
    Ever thought of laminate your charts?

  • Reply Philippa Mello July 12, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    you are so right often swatching out your colors is a great way to get inspired. I just bought this pallet too and love it

  • Reply Andrea Hastilow July 14, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Fab idea the swatch. Do you have any method for time of watercolour pencils ? Sorry if you have done this in a video before, I’m newer to following your blog & couldn’t see one but I can be blind as a bat at times. If you have already shown this would you show me the link please when you get five minutes. Thank you x

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