Watercolour Reference 4+

Oliver Shingler

Designed for iPad

    • 3.3 • 3 Ratings
    • £1.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Watercolour Reference has been designed to assist watercolour artists and painters, either beginners or the more advanced. This app assists the artist in the choice of appropriate colours and shades by providing data on individual colour characteristics and suggesting colour mixes/combinations and tips for a variety of topics.

Suggested colour mixes can be viewed on your Apple Watch for quick reference.

The Paint Mixing simulation allows you to choose up to three colours and mix them together in varying quantities to produce an estimate of how they might mix in the real world.

Watercolour Reference currently uses the watercolour portfolios of Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith.

Included with this app are suggested combinations for portrait and flower painting plus a general watercolour characteristics database.

Additional categories can be purchased in-app.

What’s New

Version 2.2.5

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Stewart of Bute ,

Water great idea!

I love this app. Really useful tips on colours and shades on everything from snow to buildings in summer if you are prepared to purchase the add ons and I, for once really think they are worth it. Whether you use a limited palette or buy every colour under the sun you’ll find them mixed here. The real advantage is this is a portable easy to use reference which, if like me you can never remember what goes with which for that shade of green, means you can save a fortune on art books as the mixing charts and tips give you pretty much what they cover at a fraction of the price. You can even see what a single colour will look like as you water it down. Any gripes? Just one. Mixing of two colours gives you control over both, throw in a third and it seems a bit hit and miss. I may have not seen the instructions for using this better but I really would like some tips on that. If the developer can help with that then 5 stars won’t be enough to rate it. Well done

MikeDBrown123 ,

Super useful - some suggestions for ease of use

This is a great app to experiment with watercolour mixing without using up loads of paint and paper. A couple of suggestions to make it even better:
1: Copy colours from Colour Mixes straight into the Paint Mixing screen, maybe even with suggested strengths
2: Allow users to Favourite colours in the Colour Picker, then also show just the Favourite colours. That way I could limit the choices to the palette I actually have.
3: Allow users to Favourite or Bookmark mixes from the Paint Mixing screen, so I can easily come back to mixes I like. Also, allow grouping or tagging of favourite mixes by categories like Portraits, Landscapes etc

Skipper Brian ,

Useful app

All works well, gives some useful tips and paint mixing guide

App Privacy

The developer, Oliver Shingler, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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