So I got a bit sidetracked Friday – I’m sure that never happens to anyone else! But I saw Pam’s blog that had some new colors in her color wheel and it reminded me that I had wanted to mix up some new paint colors for my dauber bottles that I use for my mixed media work. One thing lead to another, as they say, and for the rest of the afternoon I was playing with colors, trying to make mixes of colors that work better for me than the “usual” suspects on the color wheel.
I’ve never been one for Blue-Red-Yellow, the primary colors. I’m more fond of colors that derive from those three. I admit that I’ve never messed about much in making my own, but after taking Pam’s class down in California and seeing her new line I got to thinking that I could make up my own palette full of colors that are more me. And in the Jacqueline Newbold watercolor class we’d also explored the color wheel and learned how colors mix together which helped me be a bit more confident about color mixing. So as I headed into lesson 3 in “Creating Art at the Speed of Life”, using analogous colors, I realized that I didn’t want to just do blue-green-yellow but instead use some colors that are a bit more appealing to me, some of the colors in between.
No good idea goes without punishment! I spent longer on this project than I thought I would. But I guess that is what retirement is for. And of course, now that I have all these colors mixed up in my dauber bottles, I can use them so easily going forward, so I not only learned about colors, I also created some new art tools.
The good news is that a few of the colors I wanted are already there – thank you, Golden Liquid Acrylics! I suppose all the colors are probably already made but it was nice to make some of my own mixes from the primary bases I already had. And I found a red I really like, Napthol Red Medium. And if I had only one color I could use, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold would be it! So from there it was just playing around a bit to find some greens and blue mixes to use.
I am ALMOST done – I had to stop after spending way too much time mixing. But I’m not yet happy with one final lighter yellow green – the one I’ve had for about six months is good, but I’m not sure it works with all the others I’ve just mixed up, so we’ll need to spend a bit more time messing about. And as you can see, there were many iterations of olive before I had a keeper. But now I have lesson three to get to, moving forward with my art journal projects.
I’ll be off for the next week quilting with friends at the Washington coast. So my next task is to decide which other art project to take with me – drawing faces? Working in my Teesha Moore journal? Working on a watercolor travel journal? I’ll need to sort that out before I pack the car!