Wednesday 27 July 2016

2016 #14 A Triplicity {by Hazel Agnew}

 2016 Topic 14: Colour mixing : A Triplicity of EV's

Hi everyone, Hazel Agnew from Mellifluous Meanderings here.

I'd like to share with you this evening a post about the infinite world of colour mixing.

I chose this topic because in the past I have dabbled in making watercolour charts, mixing just 2 colours, while on a botanical art course. I am a very simple soul, and gain great delight from playing with colours and setting them out in rows. They are so useful to refer back to when you need specific shades or hues.

I felt very happy to interpret this theme using some of my favourite PaperArtsy stamps from Ellen Vargo.

Step One: First of all, I made lots of charts starting with one fresco colour and gradually adding one drop of the second colour until I finished with the second colour. Every time that I completed one chart I was buzzing and thinking, "mmmmm, I wonder what these two colours will look like." Here are a few samples, but there were quite a few more.

Step Two: My first project was the 3D flower. I chose to use the chart on the extreme left which is Vanilla, through to Captain Peacock. I painted strips of the graduating colours onto PA smoothy card and stamped my "petals", which are really leaves. The stamps are EEV04.

Lots of cutting out and gluing and finished off with a Wendy Vecchi blossom which I painted with Vanilla. I mounted the flower in a box frame....things always look so much better in a frame! Taking a pic without glare was tricky.

Step Three: Next, I selected more stamps from the Ellen Vargo range. EEV05.

Such an exciting collection of lines and dots. For this piece I chose Pumpkin Soup, through to China. This one is in a "re-purposed" old book which measures 6.5" x 9". I simply painted a selection of the colour mixes onto a white gessoed background, leaving a few white spaces and then had fun stamping the shapes with Black Archival over the top. I finished with a word cut from a magazine.

Step Four: Another set of Ellen stamps. This time, EEV10.

Because the stamps are floral, I decided to paint a landscape background. Again, I worked in my old book. I began by sketching out a few fields and cut various papers to match.

I then painted the background using the same colour palette....Pumpkin Soup through to China and tried to get distance by making the foreground darker. Next, I stamped my chosen flowers onto smoothy card and painted them using the same 2 colours. I added them to my landscape, added depth by drawing around them with grey pen and used one of Ellen's sentiments to finish off.

I recommend making colour charts as it is so relaxing, therapeutic and above all, so useful for future reference. Also, it guarantees that your colours match beautifully... a bit like a prize everytime at the fair. I hope that I have inspired you in some way to play, create and enjoy the qualities of PaperArtsy frescos.

 Thankyou for indulging me, Hazel Agnew, aka @craftroomgran and found on my blog "Mellifluous Meanderings

Wow Hazel, the colour charts are such a great reference tool that's for sure! And I love how you have turned those swatches into a way to help you pick what to use for your other pieces too! Such an awesome idea! Great tips and tricks. Thankyou ~Leandra

We would love to see how you interpret this Colour Mixing topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #14: Colour Mixing, on this page HERE.

All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 

All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Colour Mixing link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Aug 7th 2016. The winner will be announced 2  hours later at 19:00.


Helen said...

Great charts Hazel, and I love your finished projects

JoFY said...

Hazel, this is a great blog post! Gorgeous projects and pages. xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Such a great blog post, hazel, so informative and I love your finished pieces,

Lucy x

Miriam said...

I love your projects Hazel.... fabulous!

Miriam said...

I love your projects Hazel.... fabulous!

Lauren Hatwell said...

This is brilliant Hazel. Your finished pieces are really fabulous. Lx

Artmadnana said...

Oh yes, you have. What a brilliant idea! I love the way your colour choices merge. Your three projects are fab. I love the way you put the flower together, but More than that I really like the journal page with all the different marks creating such a great pattern - wonderful post.

rachel said...

amazing projects Hazel - really inspirational - fabulous mixing! Hugs rachel x

Craftyfield said...

Lovely results with this limited palette!

Deborah Wainwright said...

I do love this post Hazel! Your creations look fabulous, I love those colours together, such a winning combo, and how you have used them has showcased them wonderfully. Love the idea of the colour chart too. Hugs Debs xx

craftimamma said...

Well I don't know which of your three pieces I love most Hazel or you could say four pieces because the colour charts look great themselves! Love the fresh look of the flower in the white frame and the journal page is another winner. For me though I think the scene with flowers has to be my favourite. You've really got some depth going in 'them thar hills' and the range created by the two colours is fabulous! Fab post altogether, well done!

Lesley Xx

Kristiina said...

Lovely projects, and those charts are awesome!

Sarah B said...

I was going to say I loved the flower the most but then I scrolled down and loved the other 2 just much - beautiful pieces are art Hazel xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Wow absolutely stunning creations,beautiful
Donna xx

Mac Mable said...

I did so enjoy reading your post and learnt lots. I love your finished projects and the blue flower in the white box is gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration, paint charts idea and tips today x

SewPaperPaint said...

What a very fun process and beautiful result! TFS, Hazel!

Etsuko said...

What a gorgeous project Hazel. Lovely colors mixing and fabulous journal pages. xx

Julie Lee said...

What magnificent projects and what an informative post, Hazel. I love the 3D flower and the fantastic journal page. I've been very behind, so I've only just seen this! What a feast for the eyes! I'm so glad I didn't miss all this beauty and fabulous info on colour! xx

PaperArtsy said...

Awesome post Hazel! Such a wealth of great ideas!! You are a busy bee you know! And so inspirational to us all! ~Leandra