Friday, March 11, 2011

Color Madness


samples together, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.

Today I had a chance to play with the clay in my studio and I felt pretty successful. I am still making color samples. The clay is very much like paint as opposed to the glass beads. With the beads if you don’t have the right color you need to run out to the bead store. With the clay you can just make whatever color you need. I like that.

Today was cadmium yellow day. First I mixed it with purple for a really beautiful set of tertiary colors. I have always been a tertiary lover. Even in my paintings those mixtures always excite me. The cadmium yellow mixed with purple gives some lovely siennas and umbers.

I then mixed some cadmium yellow with ultramarine which makes some interesting subdued greens. Ultramarine has a lot of red in it and tends to make lovely olives. I am waiting for my order of zinc yellow to come from Dick Blick. Once I make those samples I will be able to see the differences in the mixtures and compare them.

I have been trying to make canes as well but am not having very much luck with those. Maybe I am not a cane person. Or maybe I just need more practice! I think that is the problem. One thing at a time I guess.

I also tried a transparent bead which didn’t really come out all that well. I can see that transparency offers a lot of potential. I placed the bead in ice water as per Ronna Sarvas Weltman and it really did improve the transparency. I have some gold leaf and silver leaf which I am going to embed in the transparent clay and see how that comes out.

Until the next batch then.....

11 comments:

Filamental said...

oooooh! Beautiful. Love this. You are doing a great job of mixing color!

montucky said...

I love those color arrays!

MÂȘ Reyes said...

Son unas mezclas preciosas. Gracias por compartir sus ideas. Besos

Carol said...

Hi Roberta
The first element I notice is the matte finish of the beads. I love that. It makes the colors so subtle, even though they are bright and cheerful.

Then, of course, I am thinking you are the master of color mix. Each color is ever so slightly different than the last. Amazing.

Roberta said...

Thanks everyone. I too like the matte look too!

saraz said...

makes me feel happy

Jan Avellana said...

your work is lovely! all the color :)! i have a graphic design background too, and love all sorts of artmaking, the messier the better. thank you for stopping by my blog...:)

Vickie Hallmark said...

Yummy colors are the best part of polymer clay. I wish it were so simple with glass. It is possible to mix new colors, but those pesky reactions make it not so straightforward.

lakeviewer said...

Ah, what beautiful colors, and what talents you have. I am all thumbs, except in the kitchen. Thanks for the visit.

beth said...

wow....talk about making my grey day totally bright and beautiful with these colors....

Anonymous said...

Hi Roberta, Just chanced upon your blog from Penelope's! Loving looking at your site. Love these colorful beads. Is this a necklace we can buy from you? I'd love to have one! Thanks! Keep up the wonderful work!!
Shir.