Book of Color, A Study of Red

I am enjoying Julie Balzer’s Winter 2018/2019 series of on line classes.  I started with her class on making “Lantern Houses” and am now beginning her “Book of Color”.

The first panel is a study of the color red.

Book of Color Red

I used an old piece of poster board then started layering all the colors of red.

Here is the list of what I found and what I thought of each:

  • Acrylic paints in soft body and fluids (cheap acrylics don’t have a lot of pigment, you don’t need a lot of fluid paint to get color)
  • Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist spray (clean and test the nozzle first, use as the last layer so you see the shimmer)
  • Adirondack Color Wash spray (strong color when sprayed, will wash out as more layers are added)
  • Daler Rowney Acrylic Ink (dipped my brush in the container and painted with it.  Great solid color, easy to work with, you can mix it with water to tone it down)
  • Dylusion Ink spray (bright color, easy to use once you clean the nozzle)
  • LuminArte Twinkling Watercolors (wow, these added a hint of sparkle and the colors were strong)
  • Faber Castell Gel Sticks (rubs on so smooth, like lipstick.  Activate with water or rub in with your finger or a cloth)
  • Cray-Pas Oil Pastel (rubs on smooth, used my finger to blend it in, because it is oil based, water based mediums don’t absorb over it)
  • StazOn Ink pads (not strong color, hardly noticed after I applied them)
  • Elmer’s Paint Pen (nice acrylic paint, easy to use, dries quickly)
  • Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush pen (these are waterproof and transparent, great for layers)
  • Molotow Acrylic Paint pen (another great acrylic paint pen)
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush pen (watercolor in a brush)
  • Koi watercolor set (strong, opaque red)
  • Copic markers (bold, bright color, bled through paper)
  • Caran d’Ache neocolor II (water soluble crayons, activate with water or rub it in with your finger)
  • Prismacolor, Blick and Faber Castell colored pencils (none of these were water soluble, the marks I made stayed as drawn)

We are working our way through the rainbow.  The next panel will be Orange.  I’m looking forward to see how many colors of orange supplies I have.




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