I thought I'd start by making a Blue-Pastel colour wheel to help familiarise myself with the colours I was using as my 3 'primary colours' for this project: PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Mermaid (FF44), Vanilla (FF65) Cherry Blossom (FF117). and the colour mixing of the split complementary colours Apricot and Rustic Pink.
The colour wheel template is one of PaperArtsy's that is available to download and print from the files section of their Facebook Group 'PaperArtsy People'. Its a great resource as it not only includes a colour wheel but it also has clearly written and understandable guidance as to what colours to mix together (working with a classic red, yellow, blue palette) and where to paint them in on the wheel with space to record your mixings. Thanks for designing and making this accessible to us PaperArtsy.
Being mindful of this I made some little swatches that I could use to 'match up' the Split Complementary Colours I'd mix for my project. I could use my colour wheel to do this but I felt this handy size with no white space around could be held much closer to my colour mix and therefore give me a better chance of a good match. Both these swatches and the colour wheel system are great tools to help you get back to a 'bespoke' colour that you created.
Now I was all set to create my project, starting with the background.
I drew out my colour wheel design (a segmented circle) on PaperArtsy Heavy Smoothy card and painted the segments with my Split Complimentary colours: Mermaid, Apricot, Rustic Pink mixing the latter two colours in the same way as I explained above. Those handy swatches came in very useful!
I wanted the 3 colours to flow around the circle within the segments in a 3 way repeat pattern as I thought this would be visually more appealing so I had to make sure the number of segments was divisible by 3.
I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Snowflake (FF15) as I felt it would be more suited to the pastel palette than something darker like black, my usual 'go to'.
Courtney Franich's stamp set 04 (ECF04) has some great texture stamps which I thought would be good to use to add detail to each of the segments. Much like I worked to a 3 way repeat pattern when painting the segments, I did the same with the 3 stamps to help maintain the 'flow' around the circle, and keep a continuity of colour and pattern running through the overall design.
This continuity also carried over to the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Snowflake (FF15) stamping.
As I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Snowflake (FF15) for the background stamping I initially reached for that to stamp the leaves but then hesitated thinking it would give a matt finish, maybe too matt against the already matt background so I embossed them instead to give them that lovely molten low gloss finish you get with embossing.
I thought I was all set to bring everything together but then I made a last minute decision to mount my project onto a crackled mdf 'bauble'.