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New Color Tuesday: Spring Flowers Pt 1

NCTMarstartMan, I love this medium. It just never ceases to amaze and entertain me. True, I've had days that were not fun with it, but I know those are temporary.  I still get excited/intrigued when I mix colors together.  To quote Alice Stroppel's awesome husband, "Well, I didn't expect THAT to happen!"

This amazing watercolor was created by my cousin, Doris Ettlinger.  Doris is not only a watercolor artist and teacher, she illustrates children's books and lives in a renovated watermill. I know right?  Totally cool chick.  She recently asked me to borrow some of my sunset photos for her watercolor students to tackle sunsets.  The results were amazing, I could see every one of my photos in the final paintings.  So I thought I would borrow a few of her watercolors to pull some challenging colors out for me to mix to. And look at this palette, isn't it gorgeous?

NCTMar_5For the first mix, I thought I would start with just the most basic mix of all, Premo! White and Black. I couldn't ever remember just mixing these two together in a controlled way like NCT. (Of course, would I remember anyway?  Barely remember breakfast..) I was really surprised at how warm the b/w mixes were!  I thought that they would be much cooler.  Then I decided to add a little Souffle Bluestone into the mix (You do know that you can mix Premo! and Souffle together, right?)  I thought it would add just that little bit of cool grey. I really like all these colors as well!

If you want to see more of Cousin Doris, check out these websites, and her latest book illustration, The Legend of Sea Glass, is available on
facebook/dorisettlingerstudio        etsy/DorisEttlingerStudio

As always,all the NCT color mixes are at:

Check out the new polymer clay color mixing app, called Color Mixr for Polymer Clay for both Android and Apple platforms!

And finally, my hatband tutorial for Polymer Clay Adventure (PCA2016) is coming up this Spring, but in the meantime, you can check out the incredible artists who have dropped their tutorials already in the PCA this year.  Remember, you can join at any time and view the tutorials at your convenience! There are 24 different teachers and 28 video classes.  Read all about the payment options and join right here! (