I started by creating a colour wheel with the beautiful HAYSTACK, PEACH NECTAR and STONE fresco finish colours with the idea of layering these colours together to make a set of mixed media tags incorporating fabrics and eyelets.
You can create your own colour wheel by using the PaperArtsy blank found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/paperartsypeople/files. I found this sheet particularly useful to check my colours throughout the making as I wanted to limit my palette to the three mixed colours and didn't want variation in my mixing.
Here comes the theory bit...if you need clarification to understand the split complementary colour process...or you missed Keren's introduction a few days ago...I hope you find my explanation clear...please do jump straight ahead to the next bit** if you already have a good understanding of what split complementary colours are.
The position of a letter Y is helpful in finding which mix of paints you'll be using on the colour wheel. First of all mix equal amounts of your two chosen primary colours together to make your secondary colour. In this case because it's a twist on the standard colour wheel I used Haystack and Peach Nectar to create my 'dirty orange' (secondary) shade seen on the down stroke of the Y. The complementary colour of the dirty orange is Stone. As it is 'split' complementary you'll be using the tertiary colours either side of the stone shown below with the two upper V strokes of the Y to create your art. You mix these tertiary colours which I will call pink stone and yellow beige by mixing equal amounts of the mixed secondary colours (Stone with Peach Nectar and then Stone with Haystack) with stone.
**Using the split complementary colour combination is a fun way to explore how colours really go together well. You'll notice there is a little box beneath the colour wheel with 'all 3 mixed' written inside it. I often use a mix of all my colours that I use on one piece, I find it brings them all together and harmonises my art. I added this box as a force of habit without even thinking, however, I did not use this mix on the tag project this time as I wanted to stick to the three colours shown with the Y.
To begin building my coloured layers I used Ranger's black Archival ink with one of Seth Apter's gorgeous new rubber stamps (EM67 - available now from PaperArtsy Retailers) with an older one of my favourites EM41, to stamp some textures onto my 10 x 8 gel plate and let that dry. Remember what you put down first onto your gel plate will be on the top of the pulled print.
Notice how I have created + crosses by using the EM67 'ONE' stamp portrait and landscape over each other, and layered the 'ONE' stamp over the EM41 multi boxes stamp to make the texture my own...you may prefer to make x crosses. Seth did say "make it your own" in his introduction blog post...and that's what I love about these new mini stamps; they have so many options to truly go bonkers with a multitude of different textures in the way you use them, so do have some fun...Try using different pressures when applying the stamps to the gel plate or don't renew the ink each time you stamp to give you a variation on shades too. I started mixing my colours to use on the gel plate whilst the ink was drying. I found it useful to have the colour wheel to hand to check my mixing to keep the continuity in the colours.
To make the tags more sturdy where the ribbon is attached I decided to use remnants of natural linen and bits of old parcel paper where the eyelets were to be punched. I tore the paper to have a fairly rugged edge using a deckled edge ruler and rough cut the linen remnants. You may prefer to cut the paper rather than tear it, especially if you cut your collage right at the start to match that.