Book of Color, Study of Green

The fourth panel in the Book of Color is Green.

Book of Color Green

Below are the supplies I used:

Book of Color Green Mediums

Acrylic paints – soft body and fluid.  These three were very different in color.  The inexpensive acrylic was a beautiful grass green called Green Light, the Golden Green Gold was lovely.  I liked how the green and the gold separated depending on how thin I laid down the paint.  The other Golden was Permanent Green Light.

Daler Romney and Liquitex acrylics – The Daler Romney has a beautiful shine and a bit of glimmer to it (similar to the LuminArte Watercolors), the color is Macaw Green.  The Liquitex color was Vivid Lime Green.

Adirondack Color Wash spray – the color is Lettuce and was more brown than green once sprayed.  You can see the droplets in the upper left corner.

Dylusions Ink spray – Loved the brightness of this color, Fresh Lime.

Painters and Liquitex acrylic pens – Loved the Painters bright green called Lime Green.  It was a neon.  The darker green of the Liquitex was Emerald green.  The lighter Liquitex was Vivid Lime Green and matched their acrylic ink that I used.

Faber Castell Gel Stick – what is not to like about these?  They go on smooth and activate nicely when water is applied with a brush.

Caran d’Arche neocolor II – like the gel sticks, they roll on smooth and activate more color when water is applied.  The two colors were Spring Green and Yellow Green.

Colored pencils (Faber Castell) – I had lots of green pencils but decided on these three, light green, emerald green and dark phthalo green.

LuminArte Watercolors – Key Lime, Irish Mist and Moss Green.  Love the shimmer in these.

Zebra highlighter pen – the neon didn’t show through as much as I had expected (like I saw on the yellow panel).

Cray-Pas Oil Pastel – lovely spring green, the color was Yellow Green.  Knowing that other mediums will not lay on top of this, I didn’t use much.

Gelly Roll pen – this one didn’t show up well.  I used it to make zig zag marks between the solid color bars.  I think these pens are make for darker backgrounds.

Ranger Archival Ink pad – I used this color, Olive, with a foam stamp (bars on the sides).  It’s pretty dark as expected.

StazOn Ink pad – the color, Cactus Green, was also applied using the foam stamp.

I’ve discovered that I am drawn to the light, bright greens and that you just need a bit of the dark for contrast.

Ready for the next panel, blue.  I have lots of shades, tints and tones of that color.



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Book of Color, A Study of Yellow

Here is the third panel in my Book of Color, A Study of Yellow.


Book of Color Yellow

Here are the supplies I played with.

Book of Color Yellow Mediums

Acrylic paints (heavy body, soft body and fluid) – All of these created a nice yellow with some variations.  The Dairylide Yellow and Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue has more orange than yellow.  I liked the Primary Yellow and Hansa Yellow Medium the best.  I tried a new-to-me fluid paint from Golden called Hansa Yellow Opaque.  I didn’t see a big difference in coverage, but then I only had yellow on the page.  Perhaps it would have shown up as more opaque on a different background.

Daler Rowney and Liquitex Acrylics –  I applied them with a paint brush.  These are saturated colors.  Water resistant.

Dylusion Spray – the color was called “Lemon Zest” and it sure looked like it.

Copic marker – It bled through the paper, color was nice though.

Sharpie Highlighter – love the pizazz the neon added.

Painters acrylic pens – same colors and coverage as the acrylic paints.  The neon yellow matched the Sharpie Highlighter.

Faber Castell Gel Stick – beautiful yellow and draws very smooth.  Added water with a brush to release and spread the color.  Noticed that the areas where I applied this dry with a glossy-like finish.

Caran d’Arche neocolor II – love how these crayons glide on the paper and then release even more saturated color when water is applied.

Colored pencils (Blick, Prismacolor, Faber Castell – all are very similar in color.  Noticed that they did not write well over the inked areas or over the Sharpie Highlighter.  I think this is because of the wax in the pencils.

Koi watercolor – the yellow was very faint and didn’t show up over the other layers.  This should be applied in the first layer.

Overall I made quite a few discoveries with this color and I like this panel.  I’m looking forward to panel #4, Green.  I wonder if the greens, being a secondary color, will be as difficult as the orange panel was.  We’ll see.



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Book of Color, Study of Orange

Here is the second panel in my Book of Color.

Book of Color Orange

Here is a picture of what I pulled out to play with.

Book of Color Orange mediums

This looks like a great selection right?  Lots of variations.

Here is what I discovered:

  • All of the acrylic paints were basically the same once they were painted.  Not one of them was the “Navel Orange” color I was looking for.  Most had a brown undertone.  I added a bit of white to two of them to make a lighter orange.
  • The Liquitex Acrylic Ink was yellow (even though the bottle said Yellow Orange Azo.  I’ll save this color for the next panel in the series)
  • The Faber Castell Gel Stick was a deep red orange.
  • The Caran d’Ache neocolor II was yellow orange.
  • The Cray-Pas oil pastels look orange but they also had a brown undertone.
  • The neon orange of the Liquitex Acrylic Paint Pens actually was orange.
  • Dylusions Spray Ink was a great orange color, more of the “Navel Orange”.
  • Adirondack spray ink was very dark, more brown than orange.
  • The Copic marker was orange when applied but was covered up by darker acrylic paint.
  • The colored pencils were brown-ish orange except the one neon orange.
  • As a last resort, I pulled out a jar of Golden Acrylic Neon Orange.  This is a soft body paint that is between their heavy body in the tube and their fluid in the squeeze bottle.  I stenciled the circles with this color and finally achieved the color orange that I was expecting.

What I’ve learned with this panel is that orange is a difficult color.  I did not mix my own color for this, perhaps I should have.  Below are some color wheels that I created for reference.

Golden Primary Yellow and Primary Magenta.

Golden Primary Color Wheel

Golden Yellow Hansa Medium and Quinacridone Red.

Golden Yellow Hansa Med and Quin Red Color Wheel

Below are Golden Primary Yellow and Quinacridone Magenta.

Golden Primary Yellow and Quinacridone Magenta

Creating the orange panel was a fun exercise.  My take-aways are:  Don’t assume the outside wrapper color will look like the paint color.  If you don’t like their colors, mix your own.

I’m looking forward to the next panel, Yellow.




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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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Rolled Felted Bead Necklace

Nine years ago, I posted a tutorial to create Rolled Felted Beads.  That tutorial has been the most popular post.  I’m still making them.  Here is my latest one, hung on a ball chain for a necklace.  I love these colors.

Felted Bead Turquoise & Citron

Making a bead is fairly simple and does not require a lot of supplies; felted wool, thread (embroidery floss, perle cotton, yarn, silk ribbon), sewing needle, seed beads, and stick or straw to roll the felt strip on.

I’m looking forward to seeing the beads you create.


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Colorful Stitches

DropCloth Sampler-Drawing Stitches up close

This sampler was a joy to stitch.  The variety of stitches, patterns and my stash of threads kept me motivated.  I stitched with 6 ply floss, perle cotton #5 and #8, and wool threads which gives a lovely texture to the piece.

DropCloth Sampler-Drawing Stitches whole

I finished this piece like a quilt with a thin layer of batting, cotton backing and binding.  It makes me smile every time I walk by it.

The pattern, Drawing Stitches is from Rebecca Ringquist at Drop Cloth Samplers.

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Lantern Houses

I made these!  In about two hours (plus drying time) using what I had in the studio.

house lanternsI used different base papers for each one, old ledger paper (left) and white card stock.  Both papers held up well to the layers of collage and paint.  These were fun and easy to make.  I’m planning to make a village to display on the mantle and place battery operated tea lights in them.

Visit Julie Balzer at Balzer Designs to create your own village.



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