We’re getting some much needed rain here in the Pac NW – coming down really hard and it is pretty dark outside! But my plants are loving it and it is the perfect excuse not to be working in the yard but instead inside playing with watercolors!
And what’s not to like with all the rainbow of colors available? To tell you the truth, I had NO IDEA about watercolor paints – I thought they all came in those hard palettes we had as kids, little cakes that you activate with a wet brush when you want to mush color around. I had no idea about the tubes and the rare earths and supplies necessary to make paint. I’m really excited – my step-daughter and I are going to tour the Daniel Smith factory on Saturday and at the end, we get to experiment a bit with their colors! I have a reasonable starter set now, but after a lecture last week and the tour this week, I’m betting I’ll come home with colors that granulate (I hope to learn what that means!).
Jacqueline Newbold gave us instructions last year in her Artful Gathering class for making a color chart using all of our colors and mixing them across to see what kinds of colors we could achieve using our palette. I’ve expanded my palette a bit since the original set and I’m seeing new colors all the time but I thought it was really worth taking some time to see what colors I could achieve with what I have. It’s time consuming but I think I’ll be really happy in the end that I took some time out to make this color key.
I don’t know about you but do you notice sometimes that when you are paying attention to something, it seems to show up everywhere? That’s what seems to be going on with me and color and in particular color wheels. I’ve been tripping around on the internet and discovered Jane Blundell (a link to her color wheels here.) In here wheel she mixes colors across the wheel so I decided, since my paper has two sides, I would do that too. And I swooned over the cover of this quarter’s Uppercase magazine (I’ve put a link here.) So much so that I subscribed this year – this color issue looks AWEsome and I can’t wait to get my copy!
And of course I can’t seen to quite let go of my little quilting detour I seem to take now and then. Maybe it’s the rain but I started playing with some new and old fabrics today too. After all, I had to have something colorful to do while the paints dried!
Hope you are having a colorful day wherever you are!