Summer of Color 2014 week 3

For the second year, I am following Kristin’s Summer of Color. For the scoop on this project check here.

In 2013 I primarily used fabric, but this year I decided to use paints and gelatin monoprinting since I am doing my 61 ICADs with fabric and thread.

Weeks 1 and 2 were reasonably straightforward and I just posted the results on flickr: Β week 1Β and week 2. I got the colors reasonably close, but not perfect!

However, week 3 was a different story…the colors were lavender and grey with a splash of plum. I guess I always thought of lavender as being a pale violet so I struggled with this color combo since the lavender in this palette looked quite pinky to me…. I started with a violet-coloured screen-printing ink and added different degrees of white, pink, red or black. I had googled how to create these colours: lavender can be made by adding a smidge of violet to white and to get plum add a smidge of dark red to purple…Not so easy! In the collage below it shows the color palette and 5 of my attempts. In some of them I got a wine color rather than plum, some were too violet-y and some were too purple-y but if you pick and choose from the 5 pieces there should be the color combo of lavender, grey and plum somewhere!!!

week 3

But I did learn a bit about color mixing…like if you take white, a dab of violet and a smidge of black it gives a very nice grey..

Oh well..maybe I will have better luck with week 4!! Maybe I will try watercolors since I have a greater variety to start with!!


13 thoughts on “Summer of Color 2014 week 3

  1. All the play you do with color mixing is worthwhile. If you’re not getting the results you want, try another beginning color. That may mean trying a different brand. Or go straight to the original primaries, carefully choosing which reds, blues and yellows you start with – it makes all the difference in the world! You’ll get a completely different result if you use cobalt blue than you with cyan blue and so on. When we purchase a lavender, we have no idea which blue or red they started with, so you’ll have improved results if you choose your own.


  2. Oh! I can’t believe it! I actually posted a comment. While the going is good… I love these cards and your mixing comment! I found out exactly that when I was painting the roof of my little house. Loved your waterfall and your sun printing is just beautiful. I have also just ‘found you’ on flickr! honestly what am I like?


  3. Beautiful colour mixing examples and the birds are excellent πŸ˜€
    I see the new colours are up – lush πŸ˜€


  4. Absolutely lovely! Great job mixing the colors. I think the best thing about not having premixed colors is that it makes you have to try mixing on your own. And you can get some fantastic results that way!


  5. great set of strutting birds and your last sentence about having the colour palette somewhere across the set of cards had me laughing – colour mixing is so hard with pigments and pixels


  6. Oh, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one having trouble getting the colours right! My teal and aqua looked pretty much the same; my plum is … well, I don’t know what, but it isn’t plum! Oh well. As you say, maybe next week will be better.
    In any case, I love the pieces you came up with! Hard to pick a favourite, but I think I’m leaning towards the two in the bottom row. I also loved the Week 1 and Week 2 pieces you posted on Flickr. I wonder what colours are next???


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