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.
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!!!
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!!