[caption id="attachment_31158" align="aligncenter" width="564"]When you ask artists about their sources of inspiration often you will hear: “I am inspired by nature!” Well, that´s great, but what does it actually mean? I wanted to see for myself if I can tap into “nature” and find some inspiration. As it is summer right now there are a lot of beautiful sun sets to watch and I remember that I was thinking more than once: that would make a beautiful blend in polymer clay! So that seamed and easy starting point for me and I went through my photo files to search for sun set pictures for a mood or inspiration board for this challenge. If you want to follow along and challenge yourself, you can also find suitable pictures on line. Pinterest, Instagram or other sorces are a great starting point for a picture search. Looking at my collection of sun set pictures, what struck me most was the similarity of colours. Of course they are not al exactly the same, but they are in the same colour range. After noticing that I decided two things: first that I would pick just one picture. The one I liked most of course and second I would make a colour selection based on the colours in that picture. These colours would be my base for colour mixes I would make with polymer clay. When you ask artists about their sources of inspiration often you will hear: “I am inspired by nature!” Well, that´s great, but what does it actually mean?
I wanted to see for myself if I can tap into “nature” and find some inspiration. As it is summer right now there are a lot of beautiful sun sets to watch and I remember that I was thinking more than once: that would make a beautiful blend in polymer clay!
So that seamed and easy starting point for me and I went through my photo files to search for sun set pictures for a mood or inspiration board for this challenge. If you want to follow along and challenge yourself, you can also find suitable pictures on line. Pinterest, Instagram or other sorces are a great starting point for a picture search.
Looking at my collection of sun set pictures, what struck me most was the similarity of colours. Of course they are not al exactly the same, but they are in the same colour range. After noticing that I decided two things: first that I would pick just one picture. The one I liked most of course and second I would make a colour selection based on the colours in that picture. These colours would be my base for colour mixes I would make with polymer clay.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31159" align="aligncenter" width="564"]This is the picture I decided to use. I picked seven colours and added little colour samples to the picture. I printed the picture and now I was ready to move to my clay table. This is the picture I decided to use. I picked seven colours and added little colour samples to the picture. I printed the picture and now I was ready to move to my clay table.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31165" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Since my colour sample were so small I decided it would be easier to use bigger colour sample cards to find the right mixtures. I used Tracy Holm´s BreakthroughColors, because I have them. Of course you can use any other colour sample cards or even print outs of your colours as well. Just a word to make things clear: I am not aiming to mix the colours to perfectly fit my colour samples 100%! I am not going to make myself crazy by trying to be overly perfect! The colours on the screen, the print, the cards and finally the polymer clay all have similar, but slightly different colour qualities. My aim is to find a pleasing colour combination to work with and not to be more precise that necessary! Since my colour sample were so small I decided it would be easier to use bigger colour sample cards to find the right mixtures. I used Tracy Holm´s BreakthroughColors, because I have them. Of course you can use any other colour sample cards or even print outs of your colours as well.
Just a word to make things clear: I am not aiming to mix the colours to perfectly fit my colour samples 100%! I am not going to make myself crazy by trying to be overly perfect! The colours on the screen, the print, the cards and finally the polymer clay all have similar, but slightly different colour qualities. My aim is to find a pleasing colour combination to work with and not to be more precise that necessary![/caption] [caption id="attachment_31157" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]My next step was to select polymer clay colours that I could use for my challenge. Of course I tried to find colours as close as possible to the selected colours. To my surprise I found a number that were very close already! I love to use Soufflé and that was my polymer clay of choice here. And these are the colours I choose to work with: Igloo, Sandcastle, Mai Tai, Bluestone, Lagoon and Poppy Seed. My next step was to select polymer clay colours that I could use for my challenge. Of course I tried to find colours as close as possible to the selected colours. To my surprise I found a number that were very close already! I love to use Soufflé and that was my polymer clay of choice here. And these are the colours I choose to work with: Igloo, Sandcastle, Mai Tai, Bluestone, Lagoon and Poppy Seed.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31163" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]My next step was to take all the colours, one by one and remix the colours with polymer clay. I normally mix without recipes and just have a close look at what I have and what I want to mix. I eyeball the amounts and adjust it while I go. That works very well for me. In case you are intimidate by that very free approach I suggest you have a look at Syndee Holt´s wonderful weekly colour mix recipes, that are posted here on the blog! She literally made thousand of colour mixes with the exact recipe to go with them. My next step was to take all the colours, one by one and remix the colours with polymer clay. I normally mix without recipes and just have a close look at what I have and what I want to mix. I eyeball the amounts and adjust it while I go. That works very well for me. In case you are intimidate by that very free approach I suggest you have a look at Syndee Holt´s wonderful weekly colour mix recipes, that are posted here on the blog! She literally made thousand of colour mixes with the exact recipe to go with them.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31160" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]I just take out my clay and try to guess the amount I need from each colour. Of course there are a couple of things I know from experience that help me with that. Like to always start with the lightest colour (here: Igloo!) and mix small amounts of the colours I want to adjust the mix to in ( here: Sandcastle and Mai Tai). Another rule you should keep in mind is that reds and black are very powerful colours and have to be added careful to any other colour. Start with small amounts and add more if needed. I just take out my clay and try to guess the amount I need from each colour. Of course there are a couple of things I know from experience that help me with that. Like to always start with the lightest colour (here: Igloo!) and mix small amounts of the colours I want to adjust the mix to in ( here: Sandcastle and Mai Tai). Another rule you should keep in mind is that reds and black are very powerful colours and have to be added careful to any other colour. Start with small amounts and add more if needed.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31161" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]After my first try I notice that I did not add enough of the Mai Tai. I needed to add more. So little by little I got closer to the colour I wanted and soon I had my colour mix ready! After my first try I notice that I did not add enough of the Mai Tai. I needed to add more. So little by little I got closer to the colour I wanted and soon I had my colour mix ready![/caption] [caption id="attachment_31162" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]I that very same way I mixed all of my seven sun set colours (the ones I had picked from my sun set picture). Some where of course easier to mix that others, but with a bit of patience I got all of them. I that very same way I mixed all of my seven sun set colours (the ones I had picked from my sun set picture). Some where of course easier to mix that others, but with a bit of patience I got all of them.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31164" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]What´s the purpose of this challenge you might wonder. First of all it trains your ability to look closely at colours and re-mix them. And Secondly you will end up with a batch of polymer clay colours that are custom made, pleasing to your taste and ready to be use for a new project. I think that is a pretty good starting point! If you are going to follow my lead and try this challenge for yourself, please do let me know if you enjoyed this and what you made with your colour combination. What´s the purpose of this challenge you might wonder. First of all it trains your ability to look closely at colours and re-mix them. And Secondly you will end up with a batch of polymer clay colours that are custom made, pleasing to your taste and ready to be use for a new project. I think that is a pretty good starting point!
If you are going to follow my lead and try this challenge for yourself, please do let me know if you enjoyed this and what you made with your colour combination.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31166" align="aligncenter" width="652"]Anke Humpert June 2017 Anke Humpert
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