I am really excited today to share the first color group, Whites & Beiges, for my Pure & Original Color Swatch Book. I started making my own color cards and compiling them into charts years ago to use as reference for my own projects. When I started blogging about color, I created images from these charts to share with my readers.
My first series of color cards and swatch books focused on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. My goal was to show how easy it is to expand any paint color palette by mixing your own colors. Mixing white with any color results in tints (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Tints), and mixing a color with varying amounts of black forms a range of shades (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Shades).
At the time Chalk Paint® was available in 31 colors (Burgundy has since been added). Color theory and lots of experimenting, enabled me to create my own custom colors. Formulas and charts for Purple, Green, and Orange are available by clicking on the Swatches tab. Also available Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint
I considered changing the format for my color charts for Pure & Original Paint. They offer 140 colors for their Classico and 114 for their Marrakech Walls, and Fresco Lime Paint. In the end, I decided to stay with the same layout and design, but have different pages for each of the Pure & Original color families: Whites & Beiges, Greys, Blues, Greens, Red/Browns, and Yellow/Browns.
A few notes on my images. They are made by painting a sample of each color, scanning it into my computer, and creating images using Adobe Photoshop. They are as accurate as possible, but they are digital representations . Always check a painted sample before choosing a paint color. All of my images are free to download, print, and share on social media. And although I’m extremely flattered whenever I’m asked, there is no actual book and I have no plans to create one. Paint and color are my passions and I love sharing them through my blog.
And if you are interested in taking Pure & Original’s fabulous paints out for a spin, the link on the sidebar (bottom of page for mobile) will take you to their webstore where readers of Colorways can save 10% by entering the codeword leslie.