Yes, you can use a cheap watercolor set and still make beautiful paintings! In this post I will show you just a couple of neutral colors you can mix that would work great in a nature painting.

I am using a set my kids have used just to show how you can use what you’ve got – even if you have to borrow from a preschooler. I did have to clean out the colors a bit since the yellow was that special shade of “toddler has been here.”

Here is a little sample of the colors straight out of the pans. Green is pretty much gone. We can mix some greens from this same set in the next post.

For this post, I’m going to use only the orange, yellow, blue, and purple. Look at those nice, subtle colors. Just perfect for your nature journal!