Nothing gets me going like new paints and colors. I have collected fan decks, color cards, and swatches from almost every major brand of paint (some are no longer in existence, i.e. Martha Stewart from Kmart, and Sherwin Williams), that they take up several shelves in my art cabinet. I wish I could think of a clever way to use them in an art project but that will have to wait for a later time.
Very few companies offer hand painted color cards (too expensive), so years ago I started making my own for reference. Whenever I would try or mix a color for the first time, I would paint a sample and label it with the name, formula, if I mixed a custom color, and where I used it. It saves me so much time when I have to recreate or match a color. It’s also a fabulous way to learn about undertones, color theory, shades and tints. This blog is all about color and sharing what I’ve learned.
My first swatch books were about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and how to expand the range of premixed colors by mixing them together to make your own custom tints (color+white), shades (color + black), purples, greens, and oranges. You can view all of my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint swatches and charts, as well as my charts for Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint by clicking on the Swatches tab at the top of the page.
I still love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®!! But I’ve posted over 175 (of my 350 +) posts about it. I will continue to post about it when I use it in a project (it’s a great product!), but contrary to what some of my readers think I am not an Annie Sloan stockist, she does not provide me with any products, I do not work for her company, and she does not sponsor or support my blog. For a while now I’ve wanted to add some diversity to my posts, but until I sampled Pure & Original Paint, there was no other paint I was excited about or wanted to use. I know I’ve gone over this before but some of my readers are very upset, even angry, about my choice to try out a new paint. Rather than respond to numerous emails and comments (Facebook), I wanted to explain my reasoning one last time. If you are only interested in posts about ASCP, and not open to new products, please just unsubscribe to my blog. Subject closed.
Pure & Original offers 114+colors, so I’ve started with the color group I use most often, neutrals; whites, off whites, beiges. 40 colors and that doesn’t include grays! I used small samples of their colors, painted my own color cards, and scanned them into my computer for color accuracy. Using Photoshop, I created a digital image swatch card for each of these colors. Because all computers and mobile devices vary in color display, the colors may appear differently on your screen. Always use a painted sample to choose color.I’m using P&O’s Classico, a chalk based paint, to sample their colors. They also have a Fresco Lime that has wonderful variance in tonality within color, and Marrakech Walls that that is very textured, in addition to tonal range of color. The Classico results in a very flat, matte, uniform color and finish, and seemed the best to use for familiarizing myself with their color palette. What did I find? Using natural and mineral pigments gives the colors a soft, muted, organic hue. Subtle and beautiful. 40 whites and off whites offer an expansive color group range eliminating the need to mix a custom white for most projects. Classico is a very thick rich paint and although not necessary for sample cards, for projects you can dilute with water up to 10%.
This week I’ll continue to explore Pure & Original’s color groups. They group their colors into, whites, beiges, grays, blues, greens, red-browns, and yellow-browns. A slightly different approach to the color wheel, but helpful in identifying the undertones of a color.
Want more on color? Check out these video tutorials on color mixing: Mixing Chalk Paint for Tints, Creating a Chalk Paint Mixing Formula, and Mixing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for Custom Shade Colors