Tuesday 7 June 2022

2022 Topic 08: Split Complementary Colours {by Etsuko Noguchi} with Jo Firth-Young's stamps

Green – Grey Tones
Main Colour: Soft Green
Complements: Salmon Orange, Pink Purple
Type: Twist - unusual grey-blue softens the entire wheel
Created from Frescos: Lemon Meringue, Prawn, Glacier Ice

Hi everyone, it's Etsuko (My favorite things) with you today, and I'm here to share with you a Mixed media 'Junk Journal' project that for our current 'Split Complimentary' colour wheel topic.

Rather than mix up the colours suggested in the colour-wheel above, I decided to choose existing colours from the PaperArtsy Fresco range that were similar but a bit deeper in tone. To Prawn I added Sour Grapes and Niagara Falls to represent the split complementary concept.

When I saw Jo's new stamps, I had the idea to make the Junk Journal using fabric. And I wanted to make a junk journal incorporating fabric and see how this colour wheel might change if the same colour and different materials were used. 

The first thing I did was to decide on the paint colour wheel theme, and I chose these three paint colours for me. My main colour was PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Niagara Falls (FF205), and with it's split complimentary colours being Sour Grapes (FF115) and Prawn (FF98). One of the split complimentary colours nominated is a little more yellow than Prawn, but the gauze fabric is coarse and i expected the colour would be lighter when painted, so the Prawn was used as is, another close options could have been Peach Nectar.

I painted the fabric to see how the colours would look. I used gauze fabric so that the paint would look soft in colour and fabric would not become stiff after painting. You can also add textile medium to your paint for washable permanence and softness on fabric, useful if painting clothing, not so important for journal or fabric art. 

First of all I using JoFY set 113 and 114 (JoFY 113JoFY114) and JoFY mini 54 (JM54) with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics as shown below and Snowflake (FF15). 

On a heat mat, the paints were spread thinly with a palette knife and stamped onto each piece of cloth, and some cloth was dipped in paint diluted with water, dyed, and allowed to dry. As you can see in the photos, some of the colours do not resemble the colour wheel, but in reality they are almost the same, but the colours in the photos change depending on the location and time of the subject, which is really difficult. 

I want used JoFY114 large flower as a focal point on the front cover, I then stamped JoFY114 in Niagara Falls (FF205) on the gauze fabric and also I stamped Sara Naumann set 61(ESN 61) script in Ranger Archival CornFlower Blue from above.

The painted fabric was used for the petals, stitched and cut around the petals using an embroidery frame to create the focal point and other printed fabrics were patched to create the background. I added the sentiment of JoFY113. On the spine I made tassel from leftover and used them as decoration.

Now prepare the window for the first page, the small JoFY114 flowers printed on the acetate with StazOn Pigment Snowflake, made a hole in the lace page, glued the acetate from the back.

Next I made JoFY113 tulip peeking through the window. Snowflake (FF15) and Niagara Falls (FF205) painted through PaperArtsy Stencil by JoFY (PS250) on the raw fabric, 

I painted the tulip used Niagara falls (FF205), Sour Grapes (FF115), Prawn (FF98) these three colours and a touch of Mustard Pickle (FF148) as a highlight.  

I made the frame by placing a piece of fabric dyed in Niagara Falls underneath the painted tulip, and stitched a small flowers from JoFY114 on the background the page.

The small page inside was made of paper clay with JoFY114 stamped on it too look like a seashell specimen, finger painted in three colours and finished with gold wax.

I embroidered JoFY113 tulip on this narrow rectangle page although I did not use three colours. 

I though pocket page was nice, then I made a pocket to put a tag in.

I printed Snowflake and Niagara Falls on the leftover paper through PaperArtsy Stencil by JoFY (PS136 and PS250) to create the background and printed JoFY113 tulip on a book page and coloured it.

I made the pocket using various of laces. JoFy114 flower painted and stitched.

Finally I made a patchwork page using the main colour and the two split complementary colours print fabrics. Each fabric was Sashiko stitch with the same type of colour embroidery thread, and the seams are embroidered to give a little depth to the printed I then decide on the pattern to be placed in the rectangle. The flowers made in the previous photo was cut with a thin cotton for quilting on the back and sewn to make it little fuller. JoFY 113 sentiment was embossed in black powder on the white painted fabric, cut and sewn then finished page.

I used JoFY114 and ESN61 stamps for the front and back covers and simply made in the main colour Niagara Falls.

This slightly smoky colour wheel was a combination of colours that I rarely use, but it was a lot of fun with this project and I wanted to continue exploring this further it. Please share with us for your creations using these color wheel on PaperArtsy Instagram or in the Facebook Group 'PaperArtsy People'.

Thank you so much for visiting here.
Etsuko xxx

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Helen said...

What a beautiful project - so many different ideas. (Wish I could stitch like you!)

Sue said...

I’m loving your fab blog introducing me to the colour wheel idea. Trouble is I seem to be short of one colour from each blog which means I’m just going to have to increase my paint stash…..or have I missed the point of the colour wheel🫢😂❣️
It’s such an inspiring blog, thanks for sharing your beautiful work. I love pretty things too🥰

Ellie Knol said...

I was drawn into the post as you made a junk journal cover and used fabric, and the further down into the post I wanted to see more and more of the project. Well done.. a treasure journal.

Etsuko said...

Thank you so much for very warm comments, Helen, Sue and Ellie. Your words will motivate me for tomorrow, I really appreciate it. xx

SewPaperPaint said...

Etsuko, I am your biggest fan and think how could a project get any better than the last, and then you do it again! You blow me away with your creativity and labors of love. The details you pour into your art really inspire me and the finished products always astound me! This is a truly fabulous journal and your stitching and skilled use of color really add to the finished result. Well done (again)! Hugs, Autumn

Etsuko said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment Autumn!! Your warm words always rise me up. I appreciate it very much my friend!! xxx