I wanted to play with the color wheel today.  I’ve been thinking a lot about how to mix colors to create more vibrant tones and thought, why not start with the basics?  So I found a stamp set that looks like a color wheel, but is actually a daisy and just started coloring it.  I colored it with watercolor pencils, with alcohol markers and with pure watercolors.  It was so much fun to see how the different mediums changed the look and feel of each card.

I purchased a set of Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Colors from Amazon and really like them, but of course the information inside the set is in Japanese and I can’t really tell which colors are which.  I decided to make my own swatches only a little differently than I’ve done them before.  I wanted to make a swatch that you can see when you open the box.  My friend, Carol Held, mentioned that she had swatched some water colors on acetate.  I wondered if that would work so I’m going to try it tomorrow.  I also punched out thirty-six 1 1/2″ circles out of watercolor paper and am going to use those swatches for inside the lid.  That way I can see what the colors look like through the acetate as well as on paper.  I’m going to do a video on swatching, or at least on the end results of my swatching so others can replicate it if they want.  I haven’t liked swatches that aren’t accessible and so far, that’s what I’ve produced.  Having a piece of paper nearby doesn’t really help me.  I need to be able to look at a swatch that’s right beside the pan, so I know what I’m getting when I put my brush inside.  I’ve never seen anyone else do what I have planned, so I’m not even sure if it’s practical, but I guess we’ll know soon enough.

I’m also hoping to have the video up about the Stamp Perfect by tomorrow AM.  Rich has been working on it all night and once he’s done with it, it takes me about thirty minutes more to add the information to the video and make the final adjustments.  I think the video offers a lot of good information and makes the Stamp Perfect an even better tool than it already is, but I’ll let you be the judge of it once you see the video.



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