My first piece this month is not really a project at all, at least not a prettified 'finished' item.
However I would urge every one of you to make this one as it is an extremely useful tool to have in your craft space. I often hear crafters ,card-makers and especially journallers saying how they cannot figure out how to put colours together. They don't know what goes with what, or what might look good. Now you could buy a colour wheel and study colour theory, or you could make these sample tags and have a lot of fun in the process!
First off cut out some tags on a decent weight like the new card from PaperArtsy, the superb Smoothy Heavy Weight White Stamping Card. It is 340gsm, so heavier that the other option, but just as smooth, and perfectly matte to use with distress inks, paint, markers etc. You can use any shape, but as they will be glued back to back it is important that they are a symmetrical shape. This is the shape that I chose, it is the large sizzix dog tag. You are going to need a lot....no really even more than that. I cut 100, and I know I will need more in the future.
NONE of these tags will become a finished decorative tag, each one is only meant to be a paint sample. Or more specifically a paint 'combination' sample.
Try out different colours on each one, different combinations. Try brushing and scraping and stencilling and splatting, splodging and dragging....even if you only have a few Fresco colours the possible combinations will be many and varied.
My favourite way of applying paint is to dab ...
reference of the Fresco Paints. Yes by all means add stencilling, but not on every one of the tags. Firstly it will become too much work, and secondly the stencilling or patterning will start to become a distraction, when all we really want to see is how the colours work together.
Use colour combinations that you already like... use ones you think you might hate...use random ones that you might never have dreamt of...have a look at projects here on the PaperArtsy blog, and try out colours used by other people...
Build up a stock of colour samples. As you finish and dry each one, add a small journalling spot to the front with the names of the paints on it.
Here are some that I love ...
We only learn from our mistakes, some mistakes can be costly, especially if you get part way through a project and then decide you hate the colours. These tags will help prevent that. It is important to try out colours that you really don't like, you will be surprised by the results, and will end up with combinations so far out of your comfort zone, but which you decide that you actually like. However there will be ones that you really don't like, and just know that you will never use. Keep them, add them into the pile. They are just as good a reminder of combinations as the ones you do like. Here are ones that I am not really keen on...I can't see me using these colours together, but I will keep these tags to remind myself why I don't care for them.
combinations you can make just from those.
On these two tags I used almost the same colours,Smoked Paprika, Hey Pesto and Limelight...but on the first I added Zesty Zing and I really don’t like it. On the second one I added Rose, and I really like this tag.
So you can see just by substituting one colour you get a different feel.
So now where am I going to hang them? Well I want them to be handy, where I can see them and near my paint.
At this point I had all my Fresco Paint dumped in a huge mixing bowl...not attractive and not
helpful. Then I spotted these garden baskets in town. They have hooks at the back, and I found that two would hook onto each other.
Then I bought this really cheap kitchen roll holder and painted it black.
Leandra Says: Such a great idea, and a really good excuse to have a go with different colour ideas. I have my 'go to' combinations, and this certainly opens up a lot of other combinations that i probably wouldn't have thought of! Love your baskets BTW!
Gillian Says: This is a great way to reference all these yummy Fresco colours when choosing which colours to work with ... decisions decisions. Love the wire storage and how readily you can make your own with a few household bits n bobs, compared to having to fork out a small fortune for an already made one.