Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Other Creations: Color Book

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STAMPtember continues and this week's stamp-tastic theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is Stamp and Stencil Fun.  I used plenty of both to create my inspirational Color Book (with a fully functional rotating color wheel on the cover).


I wanted to make a book that celebrated color and that focused on a different color for each page.  I also wanted to have a visual reference for some of the different Tim Holtz Distress inks, stains and paints.  So I made each page represent one Distress color, which is named on the tab at the top.  I typed the Distress color names on my computer, printed them, cut them out, then inked them with the corresponding color.


I went to the hardware store and tried to non-conspicuously grab every paint swatch possible.  I picked paint swatches that roughly matched the Distress colors.  I got long skinny swatches to act as my top tabs/page dividers.  I glued the color label to the top.


Next I got bigger swatches for the pages.  I got out my Distress paints and dabbed two or three colors of paint onto each paint swatch, then blended the paint together with my finger.  Then I spritzed them with a generous amount of water and rotated the paint swatches so the paint would swirl and drip.  I let them dry overnight.


With my backgrounds finished in a variety of different color palettes, I added some stenciling using the same main color that I'd painted with.  This blue page is made with Salty Ocean paint and ink.


Next I added some stamping:


I paper-clipped my Salty Ocean tab to the back of the page and it was done!  Now I have a quick visual of Salty Ocean, some coordinating color possibilities and a background pattern idea for another project.


Here's another example page, this one for Ripe Persimmon:


To finish off the book, I tied several strands of various yarns and ribbon to the side.  It's so fun to flip through for inspiration and to remind myself of all the gorgeous colors in the world.

Just one note of caution when working with these paint swatches.  I discovered that their shiny, plastic-like surface makes them NOT idea for certain brands of spray inks (Dylusions) and Distress stains.  I was going to include them on my pages, but when I sprayed on some Dylusions, it beaded up all weird and wouldn't ever dry.  The Distress stain did dry eventually, but it still beaded oddly and didn't cover smoothly.  But the Distress paints worked great on these surfaces!

I used about every color of Distress paint, stain and ink on this project, so I won't list them all or it would be a two-foot section of supplies.  But here are some of the other main supplies I used for this project that you can get at Simon Says Stamp:




I can't wait to see what you create with stencils and stamps this week!  Don't forget to upload your clever creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.
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24 comments:

  1. Oh ANDREA!!!! I love this... and the paint swatches... LOVE HOW YOU USED THEM!!!!! This is just delightfully created. But I have to tell you that the guy at my Lowe's always comes over when I am grabbing swatches, and asks if I am an artist... he says he knows but the way to take the swatches... and he always tells me to TAKE WHAT EVER I NEED... They really don't care... LOL... back to your piece... it is really creative... but then again... ALL OF YOUR creations are stunningly creative and GREAT... not just saying that... mean it my friend... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  2. Oh my gosh! This is beautiful and colorful and so very creative!

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  3. What colourful fun. Glad I'm not the only one who raids the paint swatch section. And the wallpaper. Found some stained wood swatches last time. It's not what it is, it's what it can be........ Hugz

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  4. this is really beautiful Andrea...an amazing amount of work on your part to create this magic but well worth it. And I love all the exploding color you infused, seriously amazing.

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  5. OH MY WORD! I have no words.... this is seriously cool!

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  6. What a neat way to make paint swatches into ART! I love it!!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  7. Love your beautiful creation! The colors are awesome! :)

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  8. What a great idea to use the paint swatches! They sure look much better when you finished with them! A great little book!

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  9. What a fantastic idea.The textures and stamping is fabulous and what a joy to look through these pages with the gorgeous colours.

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  10. This is so cool Andrea! Love the idea of using paint swatches for such a cool project! Amazing! Hugs, Sandra

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  11. I was immediately impressed by your work! You're producing masterpieces, just masterpieces! Barbarayaya

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  12. What an amazing project! This is fab-O! I have a little swatch wheel that I created, but nothing as elegant as this!

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  13. Oyyyy. Disseargene er så fine. Trenger noe lignende
    Gøy at det er brukt fargestrips

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  14. Wow Ashli! What a fun and creative project! Love the color wheel and awesome book of color swatches! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. What a fabulous project! I laughed thinking of you sneaking around the hardware store because I do that too! LOL! I am SO impressed with your creativity and ability to integrate all the colors. TFS! Just Fab!

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  16. What's not to love about this?!? It's STUNNING, Andrea! As always, your work is so totally original and absolutely wonderful ~ I love every detail of your masterpiece! Have a great weekend... :)

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  17. Wow Andrea, this is amazing!!! What a fantastic idea!! Love the colour wheel on the front and all the paint swatches. You are so clever!

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  18. You are pretty awesome, Andrea! This little gem is amazing. Every. Single. Detail.

    Best use of paint swatches that I've ever seen. Some day we will have to get together and do a little shopping at Home Depot.
    :)

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  19. I want to walk through your rainbow you created! This is so cool and beautiful!

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  20. What a great idea, Andra! Love the color references and your front cover design.

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  21. This is fabulous! What a great way to chronicle your colors... the whole thing makes me smile!

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  22. What an incredibly clever and imaginative idea! I can see paint swatches disappearing from hardware stores across the globe... :) Jenny x

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  23. This is just gorgeous, I love the use of paint swatches (I have an obsession with them) But combining them with Tim's colors extremely clever. Thanks so much for sharing your book with us.

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  24. Oh Andrea. I'm in love with this. The colour wheel is such a clever add for d cover. The bgs are super gorgeous too. What a fantastic way of saving your fav combo of stencils and stamps. Love the idea.

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