Friday, May 20, 2011

Maggie Maggio's Color Scales

So what have I been doing all this long and rainy week you ask? Besides going insane from all the rain and cold?

Well, I decided to delve into my Maggie Maggio and Lindly Huanani book called "Color Inspirations." I have been putting this exercise off for a while since it is very labor intensive. So far I have only four strips of color done. I still have three more to go. The cobalt to zinc yellow, the fuschia to zinc yellow and one more purple violet to yellow.

These color exercises are really great for finding all those lovely tertiary colors that really appeal to me. The winey purples, the ochres, the olives. These are my colors and I was having trouble finding them in the brightness of the packaged colors.

Next time I will try three other primary colors and see the differences. I'd like to try cadmium red, cadmium yellow and ultramarine. But I still have to finish this one.

For now I am staying away from alizarin. Funny thing about alizarin. When I was painting, it was my favorite color. But in polymer, not so much. It darkens quite a bit. Doesn't do much for me.

Anyway, I hope it clears up soon. I need a bike ride!


Pretty Things said...

That color scale just makes me want to make a necklace with all those beads! It also makes me glad my friend hooked up my lampwork torch again!

Robbie said...

What a great exercise! Actually, the design is pretty interesting as well. At first on my dashboard, I thought it was a fish! I just ordered Beaded Colorways and looking forward to getting it. Got a great 'deal' on it at It's a great site for finding books cheap!

Anonymous said...

These color scales make me want to get some polymer clay! I bought the Color Inspirations book last year, but have not gotten around to getting clay and working out the scales. It seems like such a worthwhile exercise.
What kind of clay do you use? It's been a long time since my old Fimo days. It looks like you have made good use of this endless rain and fog!