How to Mix pastel colors with watercolor

Dilute with water


Diluting Paint with Water

Using water to dilute paint maintains the transparency of watercolor. 

Make sure that your water is clean to avoid muddying the colors. 

Add White


Adding White to Colors

This is another way to create pastel colors. Be aware that adding white makes the color more opaque. 

Adding pastel Colors


Adding colors like buff titanium or Naples yellow also creates interesting pastel versions.

Buying Premixed Pastels


Many brands offer pre-mixed pastel colors. These often contain white pigment, making them opaque.