Friday, August 30, 2013

Creating a Color Wheel with Your Spectrum Noir Markers

Last week/weekend, I had a wonderful, colorful, awesome experience at the Chicago CREATE Mixed Media Retreat.  One of the most valuable things I learned was how to read a color wheel. You'd think as much as I love to color, I would have figured that out by now and be using it! :o)   We made one in class with our watercolor paints. I decided to create one with my Spectrum Noir Markers.

 I think it will be very helpful with my color selection when coloring and for the Spectrum Noir Ink Refill designs I love to create. The first thing to do is draw a color wheel on the same paper you'll use most often. You can use a compass, a template, a die cut or punch. One of the things I picked up at the retreat was a cool shade outline stencil  from StencilGirl that I could use for this purpose. I traced my color wheel onto Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock for Alcohol Markers with a pen that had India ink in it. India ink is an alcohol friendly ink - stays in place.

Next, I used my SN color chart to pick out the marker colors to match the 12 colors on the color wheel, noted them and colored. I used the fine tip to outline the section and the chisel tip to fill in quickly - makes it a quick project. Took longer to write this post than color it in. hehehe.

NOTE: the circled numbers on my SN color wheel correspond a color family. I  labeled my original color wheel with a unique number for each color family. It is consistent across all the methods of my coloring, i.e. markers, water coloring, Twinkling H2Os, acrylics, etc...  I learned that in my color theory class with Jacqueline Newbold. Great tip!

You can see the highlights of my Create Retreat fun over at Stamping, Painting, & Coloring Make me Giggle

To see many wonderful techniques using Spectrum Noir Markers and ink refills, click on the label on my sidebar, visit  the Spectrum Noir Blog, the Crafter's Companion Information Blog, as well as visit the Crafter's Companion DT members.  You can see their latest designs by clicking on the names on the left side of my blog.  So many places to get techniques, ideas and inspiration!

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Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

1 comment:

Denise said...

What a cool color wheel you made!!! Sounds like a really fun weekend :)