Paint Color Swatch Books

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Kim,
There isn’t actually a book. I designed the Swatch Book image from a journal I keep on my projects. I scanned the paint samples into my computer for accuracy. You could try printing it on your printer, but typically, colors can be inconsistent from one brand to the next. Annie Sloan stockists (I am not one) do sell hand painted color charts, but only for the premixed colors, not custom colors or tints. I started keeping samples of the colors I mixed, and thought it might be helpful for others to use as a starting point. Thanks for asking, Leslie

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terrisimandl

Oh Leslie when I look at your tints and mixes on these charts I am in awe. Looks fantastic. I have a new color combo im going to try that is inspired by a chinese tree peony that I raise. Arles and Scandinavian pink … go from there. Im an going to tag you the flower I think its a unusual combo. I love unusual.

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Leslie Stocker

Terri, your tree peony sounds gorgeous,. I hadn’t thought about using Arles and Scandi Pink together, I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m with you about the unusual. I feel like I have painted the more popular traditional color combos so many times , they start to look boring. Lovely but boring. I need a little spice at times.

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DeLynn

Hey Leslie–
Have been perusing your blog again…am going to the store to get a couple brushes and am going to start my first project tonight! (A framed chalkboard that is crying out to be cuter!) I thought I remembered reading on your blog something about this chart–the mixture of each square (I can’t seem to type this out clearly!). The square on the left is the straight color, the next one is 3:1 the color plus OW, the next is 2:2, etc. I might be way off–could you tell me what you did to get these swatches? Thank you so much! Off to buy some Pure White. 😉 Thank you!!

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Delynn, the swatch next to the color is 1 part color, 1 part white. The next swatch lighter is 1 part color mixed with 2 parts white. These are approximate ratios. On really dark and strong colors, I might have had to add 3 or 4 parts white to see a noticeable change. Cant wait to see your chalkboard!,
Leslie

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Catherine Brasset

Hello Leslie !
Thank you for being there . I need some help please ,for a change of mind !
Having mixed a tint of 3 parts Old White and 1 Florence ; HOW do i get back the original Florence color ?
Would i now add 3 parts Graphite to the paint ?…?
( I did the the same with Aubusson with just 2 parts and would like to reverse it also !!! )
Thank you for your help .

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Catherine Brasset

Sorry ! …I just saw how wrong that would be , so just get some more Florence , and Aubusson !

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