Exercise 1 – Experimenting with mixing colour using different paints.
Here I used undilute acrylic paint and started with crimson red. I mixed this with Titanium white to get the paler tones. Then I used the pale pink and started adding black going from right to left which produced some really nice pink toned grays and then just darker grays. On the next line I started adding more red again which brought the dark gray back up to some nice warm dark reds. On the last line I had a play with what was left in my palette mixing pinks and grays.
This sample was made using acrylics again. The first line diluting medium yellow. The next line starting with a crimson red with a little medium yellow and diluting again. The last two lines I made some good warm colours by mixing the remainders in my palette with grey, with some more diluted.
I didn’t have enough variety of colours in the acrylic paint to do much more so I moved to gouache watercolour for the next sample. I tried not to add too much water, starting with Cerulean blue and adding black. I like the teal colours that were produced. On the next line I started with orange and added cerulean, complimentary colours. This gave a surprising variety of strong greens. On the next line I started with Cerulean again and this time added a grey. Then on the last line, starting again with Cerulean I diluted and added a bit of white which gave some nice paler, almost gray-blues.
Exercise 2 – Starting with a brightly coloured fabric
I found some old printed cotton. It might be an Indian fabric. I love the combination of warm red and turquoise in this print. I used gouache watercolour to reproduce the colours. Unfortunately I could not find a good brush, so the edges were not entirely tidy.
Exercise 3 – Starting with a coloured image
I found a greetings card which is a photograph of a crewel work textile showing birds on a branch and focused in on the body of one of the birds. I seem to be drawn to the combination of red greeny-blue, although in this image the red is more pinky and there is more gold-yellow.
In recording the colours I used gouache watercolour and had to have a couple of goes to get the pink-red right. This was a prime example of where colours changed in appearance according to what colour is next to them. The narrow stripes made it quite tricky to get an accurate representation.
Exercise 4 – Starting with colured objects on coloured paper
The small embroidery scissors seem to have quite a few different versions of the mauve colour in the handle. Also the metal blades were ground at an angle and therefore showed different tones of gray.