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Elegant Designs for the Decorative Artist


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Mix It Up This Spring

What colors do you see?

Spring is a glorious time of year! The colors are so fresh, vivid, yet delicate! On a warm spring day I like to sit on my porch and mix the colors I see. It is a good tool to teach my eye to see and then translate what I see into the matching color. Then I write down the colors I used and put a color swatch next to it.

Often I will mix colors that are a challange for me to paint, such as within a yellow daffodil. I will choose the colors that aren't the most obvious within the painting subject and try to mix them using the colors I have in my paintbox. It teaches me so much about color, inspires me to try new painting subjects, and moves me out of my comfort zone.

Why don't you give it a try? Here are some color swatch cards that you can use with your color mixing experiment. Print them out, fill them up and keep them in a file box for future reference. You will find that just a little time on your porch will provide you with invaluable information besides giving you a sense of well-being.

Rosecote Color Swatch Cards

Elegant Designs for the Decorative Artist


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Jeanne Downing Decorative Art Designs
468 43rd St., Loveland, CO 80538-1777
Phone: (970) 667-1006 Fax: (970) 667-6902