*(Most of my paints are Winsor & Newton brand, but I also like Daniel Smith, Grumbacher and Cheep Joe’s products.)
When I am using a limited palette, I usually pick 3 colors, for instance:Winsor Yellow, Permanent Rose, Winsor Blue Green Shade Thalo Yellow Green (Skip’s Green), Permanent Rose, Winsor Blue Green Shade, Winsor Violet Winsor Lemon, Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Green Blue Shade Winsor Orange*, Winsor Green – Blue Shade, Winsor Dioxazine Violet Using a limited palette is great. It will teach you how the different colors interact with each other, how to get the most varied results with the least hue choices, and how to get very subtle neutrals by mixing on your palette, or by glazing layers on your paper.
There are limitless combinations to try, all with different results.
I prefer to use transparent staining hues that way I can use lots of glazing (thin layers wet over dry)