Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Little Squares of Color

I signed up to take Alisa Burke's class Watercolor Bliss.  I would love to find a way to incorporate watercolor into my journal pages that is more satisfying and Alisa does beautiful work so it seemed a perfect combination.  So far I am loving the class.

So I dragged out this baby.  Most of these paints are 14 years old at least.  I got it when I took my first watercolor class in 1997. I have used up some of the colors but there is still a lot of paint available. I had no idea what brand of paint these were or their color names.  I ended up digging through old files to find out what brand of WC these were. Turns out these were Winsor-Newton paints and I now I know the color names too.

We are into week one and our assignments are to get familiar with our supplies. So I have been doing some samples of all the water media I have and there is lots of it. I have 4 sets of pencils, derwent and caran d'ache watercolor pencils and inktense and graphitint pencils.  So I have been making these pages with samples of each color.

They took awhile but they are really fun to do. I like looking at all the colors and their names too. I also made sheets for the Neocolor II watercolor crayons and the all the watercolor paints I have.

Don't you just love all the color names, like shiraz and prussian blue and carmine and vermillion and more.  I can't begin to tell you how much fun I had in making all these little squares of color.  I was almost disappointed when I ran out of materials. It will be really nice to have these pages as reference for future work.

Tell me do you make little charts like these for your supplies?


  1. hi!
    i signed up too! I was late signing up so i am still waiting for my info! I can't wait, it just looked fun to me!
    love your color sheets, i do that with my markers! :)

  2. I haven't made charts of my supplies but now that I see how much fun you had I think I'll start making them.

    The paint palette looks great. I like a nice big palette with lots of spaces for paints.

  3. I am so excited for you! Alisa's class looks great. I made a chart once, also somewhere around 1997. I think it's time I go do that again. I had forgotten all about it. Oh gosh! I hope you have fun!

  4. That looks like a fun class ! I love Alisa.
    Never make charts. If I have time to be painting, I want to paint, not organize but I can see how fun it would be to have such a great inventory of what you have. And the charts look so nice...
    Enjoy, Kate !

  5. i am taking the class, too! i haven't made any charts yet but am just loving what an inspiring teacher she is.

  6. yes i love reading color names and any fragance or shampoo or lotion
    they are so poetic at times


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