Saturday, October 24, 2009

Color Experimentation

Wondering what you can do with all those blank pages in your journal? Well, I was too. Ironic, isn't it, that I make and sell journals and my own are sitting on the shelf empty and neglected. Last night I pulled my paints out and started filling the pages of a lonely journal that's been sitting on the shelf waiting for inspiration. My artistic soul has been starving for some playtime!
I've been going through old Somerset Studio and Expression magazines before packing them away in the attic to make room on my bookshelf. Somerset Studio has a article in each issue called "With one palette" where they experiment with four colors in each single piece of art. I've been inspired to do my own art using those color combinations, so when I saw these paint swatches in the hardware store my eyes bugged out!
At first I thought I ruined this piece by adding the blue swirls on top of the starfish design, but after adding the ecru dots and swishes it really made it pop.
I got the center medallion a bit crooked trying to hurry before the paint dried on my stamp! Oh well, it's all for play anyhow so it doesn't matter (the perfectionist tells herself over and over).
And I really am planning on painting a room in my house...those paint chips may just come in handy!

11 comments:

Splendid Little Stars said...

very cool! Your "play" has resulted in some lovely images. Perhaps you could paint these on the wall as well.

Athena said...

That is a really cool idea! For some unknown reason, I have a hard time coming up with matching colors. Never thought to go to the hardware store and look at the swatches-- now I will!

Linda Pruitt said...

Wonderful activity! Experimenting with color has always intrigued me. This is a great idea!

Kathleen said...

Totally a great idea to get the swatches to choose colors. Major 'duh' moment for me =p Love the idea of the journal - I haven't kept an art journal before, but I have occasionally doodled in my blessing book =)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Isn't it fun to just play sometimes :)
Love the last one...crooked and all...LOL :)

Tulip's Talking said...

Yes, really cool idea, and the results are great!

When I go to the hardware store and look at the color combination swatches, I just get full of anxiety because I had something in mind but end up seeing so many wonderful choices...LOL

storybeader said...

love the medallion! I have my very first journal, that I made, sitting besides the computer. I decided I needed to use it too, and use it to write down ideas for more journals, and other nonsense I think about.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I like it!

andrea creates said...

What a neat idea- I love notebooks and journals-and Somersets publications:)
Thanks for stopping by my blog~
andrea

Claire said...

So pretty!

SuZeFashion said...

So cool! I have to admit that I can hardly pass up paint swatches imagining what I would do with those colors. You've inspired me to use the extras in my art journal! Thanks!

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