Analogous Colors at Play

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Today I had time to play with lesson 3 from my book. Analogous colors are so fun to play with in a messy way because you can’t make mud with them! They just keep blending and making beautiful color.


photo 1I first spritzed my page spread with water so I could work wet on wet. (Check out my messy table from yesterday’s print making session!)

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Then I used Mini Misters (Ranger) to spray some of my acrylic inks onto the page. These will be available soon at Jerrys Artarama! They are great for backgrounds because they’re acrylic and when dry, permanent!! No bleed through. I’m using a non stick teflon sheet to mask off most of the page.

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These pics show the progression as I work my way up the page from the bottom. I chose to use 6 colors. Remember analogous colors are side by side on the color wheel.

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Next I laid a stencil on top (Stencil Girl Products) and then used paper towels to blot off the excess ink. I used 3 different stencils to create an interesting background.

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I added a color wheel using one of my stencils (Stencil Girl Products) to show the colors I used on the background. Then using a Copying Pencil (these have indelible ink in them and turn a lovely turquoise color when you wet them) and sketched a face. I used the Copying Pencil to stay with my color palette and not overwhelm the page.

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I activated the pencil with a wet brush.

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Next I used white and black China Markers to add a little pop to the face with highlights and shadows.

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I used the Copying Pencil to add some journaling and my page spread is complete. I really like that the image doesn’t overwhelm the page, or cover the background. I may work a bit more on this but I’m done for now.


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  2. Wow, that’s really awesome! I love the interest that the stencil added to the face and the background. I’ve never heard of a copying pencil, but I see that I’m going to have to get one!

  3. Thanks for the clarity in how you did the layers. I am always so inspired by layers. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to sitting in two of your classes at Art is – Stamford, Ct. Tonight I will really read through lesson three of your book. Thanks again.

  4. Wow, this is just lovely! I’ve stepped away from my journal a bit to take some watercolor classes and focus on sketching but this stepped out instruction makes me want to bring out my watered acrylics! Thanks for sharing your process, Pam – this turned out beautifully!

  5. Beautiful Pam! Really love all the layers you made to get to the final page- thank you for sharing! “)
    and it’s good to see you posting again! hugs

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