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.

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  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?

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

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  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!

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  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

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  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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