Tag Archives: indigo

What Colours?

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Indian Red & Yellow Ochre

This blog post is directly related to my previous post. I need to give some thought as to what colours I’m going to paint my Crackle Paste samples with. I only get one shot at painting these samples – I don’t have time to redo them. They are getting posted this week regardless… ! So the big question is what colours? Yesterday evening, while spending time round at my mum’s, I spent an hour or so doing some watercolour samples to help me make a decision. One possibility is the sample above – some subtle reds and yellows…

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or I could paint the rainbow…

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Intense Blue, Sap Green & Dioxazine Violet

maybe some blues and greens with a hint of mauve

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Intense Blue, Lemon Yellow & Sap Green

or just blue, green and yellow.

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Intense Blue (Phthalo Blue) & Burnt Umber

I love the blue and brown combinations above and below… !

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Intense Blue, Prussian Blue, Indigo & Vandyke Brown
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Intense Blue & Vandyke Brown
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Phthalo Turquoise & Burnt Sienna
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Intense Blue & Burnt Sienna

The colour sample above is my favourite – a vintage pale blue on the outside gently tinted with the rusty orange Burnt Sienna and intense blue in the centre for a little extra impact.

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Intense Blue & Paynes Grey

The blues and greys are looking lovely too….

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Indigo & Paynes Grey

Above we have Indigo on the left and Paynes Grey on the right. The difference between them is very subtle. I love Indigo….

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Intense Blue & Chinese White

Or maybe just shades of blue…

These watercolour samples have given me some great ideas to help me decide what colours to paint my Crackle Paste samples. They’ve helped me narrow down what I really love and what I’m not so keen on…

Indigo Circles

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A second selection of stamping samples for week 1 of the Surface Treatment Workshop…

This time I used a stencil as a stamp, which was suggested in the book. I used indigo paint with a touch of white mixed in with it…

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The prints are very simple, but I like the contrast between the indigo paint and the white paper underneath…

How the prints appear in my sketchbook:

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This will be all for week 1 now and for week 2 the focus is on stencils…

Colour & Texture Inspiration

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This the detail on a lobster pot at St. Ives harbour, Cornwall (UK). I love these wonderful seaside colours ~ they work so well together

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This is a piece of hand bleached indigo denim with a rusty key I found, again the colours and textures work so well together. They inspire me…

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Back in St. Ives harbour, more lobster pot details. These wonderful colours make me want to get my paints out… I see Cerulean Blue, Emerald, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and background colours of Paynes Grey and Raw Umber…

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Fishing nets catching the sun in St. Ives harbour. All the above photos were taken  using a Canon 60 mm macro lens.

These photos inspire me to the point where I can feel an art project developing in my mind…

Art & Beauty In Decay

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On August 22nd 2016 I made an erosion bundle pictured above. It’s a stack of paper and some fabric sandwiched together with all sorts of things – random blobs of paint, tea bags, rusty objects, tumeric etc. I tied it with string and then placed it in the garden to let the elements work their magic on it. On Sunday (27th November 2016), 3 months later, I decided to see how it was doing. It was looking rather worse for wear! So I decided to bring it indoors and open it up! Would you like to see what I ended up with… ??

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Those of you who have done this before will know that you have to peel the damp papers apart very carefully. When my fragile papers came apart I found I had lots of beautifully  stained, aged papers and fabric with wonderful colours and textures…

This is a more detailed view of the above picture:

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Can you imagine how these lovely colours and textures will look in some mixed media art or collage?

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Next is the other side of the above piece of paper:

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With erosion bundles you never know what you’re going to end up with so I was over the moon to see such wonderful colours, textures and stains on my papers…

This is a more detailed view of the above picture:

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This piece of indigo denim  became totally fused together with the papers that surrounded it – they are totally inseparable! Next is a picture of  the other side:

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The rust apparently seeped through all the layers of paper and fabric, along with tea stains from the tea bags…

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What awesome textures – the hint of green colour in the above picture is where some turmeric mixed with some turquoise paint…

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Three months in my garden and these papers look like they could be hundreds of years old! Some lace has become beautifully antique looking…

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Paint stained and rusted indigo denim:

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The rusty items in my erosion bundle became even more rusty and were covered in paper and paint…

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These delicate papers will be now stored very carefully somewhere nice and flat till I get to use them in some art. The fabrics will go into my fabric stash ready for use and the rusty items will get reused again in another project!

I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing my erosion bundle results. I really enjoy doing erosion bundles and I’ve already got some good  ideas for my next erosion bundle…

Whirlpool

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Turning photographs into art with Photoshop layers and filters…

To create the above image I selected two photos from my archives. I used one image unaltered as my start image and to the second image I added a couple of Photoshop filters. Then I placed the second image on top of the start image and blended them together. This was the result – I really like it. I’ve called it “Whirlpool”.

When I started this I had no idea what I was going to end up with – I had no agenda whatsoever. I just felt like experimenting!

What I’m going to do now is transfer my new “Whirlpool” image onto some acrylic paper or possibly canvas and then paint into it!

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More pics of my collage papers on my desk, ready to create some seaside inspired collages with. I love these colours ~ blue, indigo, turquoise, green, yellow ochre with hints of orange, mauve and neutral tones…

I have an A3 sheet of acrylic paper which I have covered with Gesso and is currently drying. When dry I will cut it up into 6 smaller pieces and make 6 small collages which will hopefully go in my collaged sketchbook.

Seaside Collage Beginnings

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These images are of scraps of paper on my desk that I’ve sorted out ready to make some seaside inspired collages. I was inspred to start this by my turquoise mosaic in my previous post. I love these colours ~ blue, turquoise, green, indigo, yellow ochre…

A Winter Sunset

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A 9 x 9 cm abstract watercolour for my collaged sketchbook – I am just starting to fill it’s empty pages.

I used just three colours – Yellow Ochre, Indigo and Prussian Blue  and gently let the colours bleed into each other.

The Blues…

Denim Watercolour

I treated myself to a new watercolour last week – indigo. Of course I had to try it out, so I did a series of small samples to go in my 14.5 x 14.5 cm sketchbook. Above is Indigo combined with Cobalt Turquoise.

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This sample is Prussian Blue combined with Indigo

Denim & Lace Watercolour

This sample is Pthalo Turquoise mixed with Burnt Sienna.

These shades of blue and turquoise are some of my most favourite watercolour shades. These watercolour samples inspired me to do a whole series of denim photos:

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Usually it’s photography that inspires me to create some art but this time it was a little artwork that inspired me to take a series of photos. You can view more of these denim images in my Photostream on Flickr.