Looking for ways to create cool color charts? Then have a look at this idea using supplies from Lulu Art of course!
Colour charts – I love to make them but often seem to fall into the trap of having them be purely for ‘utility reasons’ – I can be a little too practical on occasion. So I’ve been looking at ways to make them more exciting and interesting while still retaining their original purpose – to show off the colours in each set. While searching on the net I started seeing these amazing watercolour skylines that are practically ready-made colour chart ideas! I knew I needed to try something like this with one of my watercolour sets and what better than the Jane Davenport Brights Set, available from Lulu Art of course!
So I’ve sketched an imaginary city into my art journal (the skyline is a mish-mash of different skyline elements from all over the world) and added some text which I’ve protected using Holbein masking liquid.
Now time to have a little fun, just by eye (though you can use a pencil if you like) split your image into the number of colours you have in your set. Add your colours to the image one at a time, mixing one colour with the colour next to it (just a little where the colours meet) as you go. Try to work fast as these can dry fairly quickly.
Add water or salt to create patterns and variation, though you will get the best results with this on watercolour paper (which isn’t what I’ve used).
Then let the colours drip down the page – you can encourage this with a little water if you like and then drop in some of the Gold Gansai Tambi Starry Colours paint into your puddles and leave this to dry. Add a few splashes or splatters of colour over the page both over the image and around it (you get some amazing things happening as the splatters hit the wet paint) and leave the entire piece to dry.
Add a little doodling to highlight some of the amazing patterns and then remove the masking liquid.
Write the names of each colour onto your page – it is a colour chart after all!
Not only do you end up with an amazing colour chart but also a fun and funky journal page.
I’ve made a quick video to show you set by step how this colour chart came together.
- Jane Davenport Brights Set
- Gansai Tambi Starry Colours
- Transfer Paper – white
- Holbein masking liquid
- Pentel Aquawash Waterbrush
- Uni-ball White Pen
- Dylusions Square Journal
I hope you have as much fun with this idea as I did 🙂