Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pantone Inspired Abstract Art

 Pantone Inspired Abstract Art - Large Scale Color Swatch

Pantone Inspired Abstract Art

Hi friends!
Today, I’m sharing how to create a large scale color swatch using DecoArt's new Americana® Premium™ acrylicswhich are now available at select Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores.

I've included a downloadable color guide, below, so you can see the entire range of colors.

This project is great for the color-mixing-challenged folks. Super simple, I pinky promise! There's no exact rule on how to mix the colors - we are just gonna layer them one-by-one, on top of each other. Simple + instant happiness, which I know you love!

With all of the colorful frenzy happening in my studio, this muted pink was the perfect color to bring a sense of calm + more feminine energy.

This isn't just a simple, solid-color swatch - it’s layered with multiple colors so that it gives the illusion of depth. Let's get started...here's what you'll need:

Products Used:
DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics:
  • Titanium White
  • Titan Buff
  • Primary Magenta

Supplies Used:
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paint palette
  • Paint brushes (flat, wide bristle brushes)
  • Container of water
  • Picture frame (16”x16”)
  • Black marker
  • Pencil + eraser
  • Utility knife + cutting board

Time to complete: 1 hour (includes drying time!)


Pantone Inspired Abstract Art by Martice Smith Art + Design
  
Step One: Clean the frame + cut out paper
I purchased a frame from my local thrift store + gave it a good cleaning because it had a lot of yucky dust buildup. If your frame has a cardboard backing, make sure you keep it as you’ll need to use it later to keep everything snuggly inside the frame.
Next, I cut a 16"x16" piece of watercolor paper. This will be our Pantone swatch.

  
Step Two: Draw lines to create the Pantone box
I don’t know about you but I don’t mind getting messy while creating art! I drew a border around the paper to represent the space where I'd paint.

One inch borders on the top, left, and right side. The bottom has a four inch border.

Pantone Inspired Abstract Art - Mixing Colors

Pantone Inspired Abstract Art by Martice Smith Art + Design

Pantone Inspired Abstract Art by Martice Smith Art + Design
Step Three: Paint the color swatch
Don’t be afraid to paint outside of the box! In fact, the messier the paint strokes, the better.

(Notice the test swatch! I referenced the exact Pantone color, "Pale Dogwood".)

Squeeze out the acrylics onto your paint palette.

Take a large bristle paintbrush + apply the colors to the paper. You don't need to wait until each layer is dry - keep adding colors until you're satisfied with the color.

Order of application:
First layer of color: Titan Buff
Second layer of color: Titanium White
Third layer of color: a small dip of Primary Magenta.
(These premium colors are highly pigmented so, literally, a dip into the Primary Magenta will quickly change the mixture.)

Pantone Inspired Abstract Art - DIY paint swatch

Step Four: Add hand-lettering
Using a pencil, write the words on the Pantone swatch then trace with a black marker. Erase pencil lines.

Finally, add a pun to make it fun! I love a clever play on words.
Mine says “I have a blush on hue”. (This is a play on the phrase ‘I have a crush on you”.)


Step Five: Reassemble the frame + hang on wall
Carefully place everything pack into your frame + admire your new Pantone inspired abstract art!
Pantone Inspired Abstract Art | Martice Smith Art + Design
  
Still curious about these awesome acrylics? Watch the video to learn more about 'em...



Download Color Guide - Americana Premium Acrylics

Download Color Guide - Americana Premium Acrylics

Americana® Premium Acrylics™ provide an intermediate-level, artist-grade tube acrylic at an affordable price point. YES! ::insert all the heart eyes::

They're similar to the Americana acrylics that you may already be using. However, these premium acrylics are medium-bodied...just a bit thicker than the craft ones.

They are intermixable which means that they blend well with other paint brands so that you can have #allthecolors! I also appreciate the flip tops which makes them super easy to use.

Happy creating!


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Friday, May 12, 2017

How to Make a Color Wheel for Your Art Journal

Color is definitely my thing. (I'm guessing that if you've been hanging with me since the beginning of my blogging career, you already knew that, didn't ya?)

I admire how people respond to color in different ways. We know what we like + there is such a yummy buffet of combinations. Being able to articulate what turns you off about a certain color will help as well. (Maybe you prefer olive green over pine green or light pink over flourescent pink...)

I understand the frustrations of not being able to mix that perfect color from your imagination. Learning the basics of color theory will help you immensely. Color theory is easy to learn!  


How to Make a Color Wheel for Your Art Journal
Tutorial: How to Make a Color Wheel for Your Art Journal


Every artist - no matter their skill-level - uses a color wheel at some point for their creative projects. Learn how to make your own color wheel, so that you can study at your own pace.

Fear no color.


Allow yourself to be open to experimenting + playing with color. This activity teaches you how to mix up your own, unique colors, apply them to your work + what you want to express.

Alright creative peapods - are you ready to slosh paint around? Hop on over to my guest post on the StencilGirl Talk blog to create a color wheel for your art journal.


Make a color wheel for your art journal



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