Category Archives: COLOUR

GIVEAWAY Day 3 – and the Winner IS


 SO – the moral of the story is – that in this sharing & caring art world – many people go to a lot of time & trouble to create things, pass on knowledge, help others, share hints & tips, etc.  Few people however, take the time to write a comment, say thanks, or even acknowledge the source if they are using the material ………in over 500 visits in the last 2 days – there were only 10 comments – and some of those were the same people on different days.  In the end – as there were so few – I allocated each comment a number – those that left a comment on different days got 2 numbers – and then randomly generated the winner.  And the WINNER of the Art supplies give away IS………….ta – da – WENDY MC – who – among some others – worked out, like the lepers, that the idea was to come back & give thanks – congratulations Wendy – email me using the link & your box of goodies will be on the way to you.  Tis the giving season – but tis also the season to be thankful.  I am EVER thankful for grace & mercy.  Merry Christmas – enjoy the coloured torsos, available for all personal use, but not for reproduction or to be redistributed in any form.  Tomorrow I have a great collage sheet – I am just trying to work out how to upload a high res version & still have the blog page open ok.


A colour quiz


You'll find a fun quiz here at True Value paint – try it just for fun!  You are quite the powerful thinker. It’s this talent that allows you to overcome a plethora of great obstacles. Luckily, this doesn’t affect your ego and you give off a pretty easy-going appearance. You enjoy the finer things in life and also have an attraction to art. If you can help it, you try not to rock the boat. But you also can’t stop yourself from searching for new ideas, methods or styles.


I am not sure whether it's predictable or just quirky, or that the questions are similar – but I got the same answer at Better Homes & Garden's Quiz - YELLOW!!!

Your color personality is: Yellow

Like yellow's strongest symbol, the sun, you radiate warmth. Others love to be around you because you have a gift for always looking on the bright side, and your ready smile can be infectious. Chances are your calendar is packed — yellow lovers tend to be always on the go! Your signature color indicates someone imaginative and creative, so don't be afraid to express yourself through the way you dress and the way you decorate your home. Cheerful yellow is the ideal hue for a kitchen, laundry room, or any room that needs some extra brightness. ………bahhh humbug – this couldn't be FURTHER from the truth the last few months!!! HA!

this is what Wikipedia call shades of yellow – my favs are chartreuse; green-yellow & Lime…oh, and olive and pear………..


hmmmm………yellow might be the right answer to my responses – but deep down I am obviously actually a green girl!

Meaning, symbolism and psychology of color: All About the Color green

Soot & Painty Hands


Background_1_web I was busy tonight creating backgrounds for an new tip in journal with my Artistic Journey group with a Gypsy theme. Yes……my hands are VERY painty….because I JUST can’t help myself, I HAVE to get my hands in that paint…… the blue dye from earlier this week is JUST starting to fade & now I have stains of the lucious Golden Paints Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold (almost lumincent brick orange) I haven’t done anything of the Gypsy genre before, so I am looking forward to it.  To me…. a Gypsy world is an eclectic, mixed up world which is a little whimsical & unpredictable.  I thought to use this as inspiration for my backgrounds and tried to make them quite random, both in colour combinations and placement.  I used a variety of tools to apply paints including brush, palette knife, credit card, baby wipe, brayered with paper towel AND best of all – MY FINGERS for a bit of blending & mixing!  Other than paints, I used other bits in it as well like verdigris wax, gold pigment powder, stamping ink pads (block straight on to colour) & pearl paint.  I need to make 9 pieces 8in high x 6in wide, so I just tore long strips 8" high & started painting.  This way each finished one, whilst similar tones, will be different.  THIS is not the finished product…….once I start working adding imagery, I will still work in some other textures & colours, but this is it for now. 

Also, I promised earlier in the week to share with you the techinque of ‘soot’ stamping.  This is NOT my idea it’s one I go from someone else & you are welcome to copy it…….. I am sharing it so that you can have a go as well…….

FIRSTLY prepare a clear area 1. to work in THEN 2. where you can place your ‘sooted’ piece to stamp on. Cut a piece of gloss photo paper about 1" all around bigger than what you want your finished piece.  Light a candle that has the wick protruding above the top & quickly pass the paper back & forth through the flame with glossy side facing down.  Move quickly in & out of the flame & keep the card moving. DON’T touch the card with the wick or the wax.  When you are happy with how much soot is on the card, very CAREFULLY place the card down, soot side upward.  Stamp into the soot with a dry, clean stamp. Use a clear fixative to prevent the soot from smearing.    I used Helmar fixative which left tiny white spots, I believe that Krylon is better, but not readily available in Oz.Background_2_web

Spring is unfurling


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I have never been able to decide what is my favourite season: Autumn OR Spring.  I have the same reason for adoring them both………the colour that is constantly before my face in nature, in the garden, lining the streets.  Autumn has all of it’s gorgeous colours from my fav. palette of rich gold, muted greens, russets running into wine & port ……..then there’s (ah…..) Spring…..with it’s luscious fresh greens, crisp whites & delicate blossom Budding_tree_2colours……and volulptous fat raindrops on everything…..constantly reminding me of New Birth & Creation.  Of course the onset of spring brings with it my birthday, & my special art friend Rose_bud_2Jenene’s birthday……….(AND for her….a precious first grandbaby…… how special!!!) AND for us THIS year………our youngest daughter’s 21st……. she was born on the first day of spring so is our spring blessing!  I had a really busy weekend, however I felt compelled to stop & capture the season on several occasions, where ever I was all weekend I saw big fat droplets of Spring rain……..(so desparately needed here) precious buds, Grape_hyacyth_bulbsbulbs pushing up through the earth, blossoms & leaves unfurling……..  THIS year for my birthday……..DH has bought me new stamps from Character Constructions (the artwork of Catherine Moore) so that WILL be a fun parcel arriving in a few weeks (hopefully in time for the appropriate date)……I can’t wait to use them.  Catherine has such a whimsical look about her work and I think this will be the beginning of some fun pieces….. OH….AND…….I finally have found a local supplier of drill bits for my Dremel………SO LOOK out……..there will be NO stopping me now…….Anything that is standing still will have holes in it & hanging bits attached to it!!!  LOL!!!

PS I am SORRY the formatting of Themadteapartywebthis post is all over the shop………I just DON’T have anymore time (GRRRRRRR……..[what a WASTE of time!!!]) to play with it this morning……The Colourguru IS NOT The Blog Guru!!!  VERY frustrating process!

Green – My life story can be told in shades of Green!!!


I am working on a canvas to send into Somerset Studios for their up & coming spread on GREEN.  It has always been my favourite colour…….. all of my life…… so I HAD to make a submission for this.  Struggling with the demons of self-doubt AND illness, I have had bits’n’pieces laid out for this work for a little while as I have gone through my ‘hunting & gathering’ phase in creating a new piece of work with a specific subject. (As opposed to my more typical ‘random’ process of seeing a colour, or an image, or reading a quote, or having a life experience & being inspired to create art from that as a starting point).   I just have struggled to start it, even though I am working with my most favourite colour & hence papers & bits that really appeal to me.  I decided I MUST take the Nike approach (and JUST DO IT!!!) so here I am putting on the first coats to the edge of the canvas, blending several shades of green to get it looking just how I want it! (of course……… it wouldn’t be ME if I didn’t have my fingers in the paint!  I am CONSTANTLY apologising at work about the state of my fingers & fingernails!)…. moving ON…….. my green life story runs something like this.

I am born in August…..I have strawberry blonde hair, so green is a GREAT colour for me to wear.  Like one of my fav. movie characters…. Anne of Green Gables…… I tried to dye my hair as a teenager and (you guessed it) turned it green!  Mostly yellow greens & my favourite is the murky soft moss colours…… my birthstone is a Periodot………YES………..light green………& I have some lovely pieces of jewellery with this stone in it.  The first green I was in love with was LIME. It was late 70’s – early 80’s & I loved it.  We lived in a rental property for several years with a great landlord & he paid for the materials & we did the work & did our first renovation. It was punchy & fresh & what my life was about at 19.  I had a lime green & pine kitchen……. pine needle green bathroom & LIME with EGGPLANT in the toilet & laundry.  We were young, it was our first house – it was miniscule & we were happy.  I bought my first two babies home to this house & moved when our second one was 10 days old.

In ’83 we moved into the first house we purchased ourselves & it was a WRECK!  We lived in a huge caravan in the driveway with 2 babies under 18 months while we renovated our ‘new’ home. The word for the day was PEACE……… HEAVEN a that point was a night with uninterrupted sleep!  I decorated with SOFT OLIVE.  Our living areas were soft olive curtains & carpet with clotted cream walls & the hallway was wallpapered with apricot & olive green botanicals.  Our bedroom had apricot curtains with soft olive carpets & the kitchen was baltic pine with linen benchtops & soft olive in the tiled splashback.  We moved from there when our 3rd baby came along & had several short sojourns in rented accomodation.

The next house we bought I used old rose & chocolate…………we were only there for 2 years & although the house was nice enough……..(AND I am NOT blame the colours in house for our experiences there)….. BUT this was not a happy place for us.  In a broader sense the national economy, a shortage of jobs & some other local issues all impacted our life greatly at this time.  Coupled with some significant personal challenges………. this wasn’t a good place for us.  Another couple of short sojourns in rented accomodation as we moved for work & couldn’t sell our old rose & chocolate house………I remember, in a time of despair buying a moss green throw rug and a mid green lounge suite, just to bring some of ‘ME’ into temporary accomodation. 

We are still living in the next house we bought (we moved here in 1992)…….and it has been through SEVERAL ‘seasons’ of green with me.  Our children moved in here as primary school students & moved out as adults……….our grandbabies have come home from hospital to this house.  In the early 90’s EVERYONE was painting trims & houses in the Victorian era ‘Brunswick Green’…….our house is an Edwardian weatherboard built in the 1920’s and I just didn’t think this was the right way to go with our house.  I opted for a soft blue green (like our Australian gum tree leaves) – called Koala.  I lived with that for about 12 years or so before I began to tire of it.  I had several combinations of greens in my bedroom……. between about ’94 – ’98 I had stencilled green vines over sponged ‘stucco’ colour, then I moved to iris blue & grass green & now I have clotted cream again, with a soft moss green suede effects paint.   Our living spaces are to be shades of that, with white woodwork & soft duck egg blue accents.

it is December 2010 now & I am STILL in love with soft moss green………..I have been surrounded by it in our main living space now for four years & are looking to carry it though to our next home………….it’s a keeper!

11. COLOUR 101


There has been SOOOOOOO much written about colour, I feel as if ANYTHING that I say, has definitely already been said……& yet so many people struggle terribly with it.  I am naturally gifted in this area (some times I wish it was accounting & not colour, but for better or worse ………for me………it’s colour)Title_page_web  Fernarnd Leger, a Painter, said ‘Colour is a basic human need….like fire & water, a raw material, indispensable to life.’ 

Colour is all around us, we cannot live our day without being exposed to it in some form.  Even in the presence of our modern day monochromatic colour schemes (schemes from a single palette)  colour is evident.   The way that each of us percieves colour is uniquely individual.  Texture, light, shadow & adjoining colours & textures impact our interpretation of colour.  What the eye percieves to be the purest white is tainted, as pure white is eye piercing and cannot be reproduced in any natural form.  And so, where to from here? 

The word COLOUR, in fact is a generic term When professionals talk about colour, the 3 words you will often hear are the following terms:

HUE: the hue is the colour ‘gamut’ or family. ie blue, red, yellow (the example below is a ‘red’)

SATURATION: is the intensity of the pigment ie apricot or rust

VALUE: is the amount of white or black added to a colour that alters it’s ‘tonal appearance’

Using a colour wheel is a bit like looking at a 2D map of the world to understand the nuances of terraine.  The real world is actually a sphere.  The same thing can be said of colour.  The colour wheel you may have or use, is the ‘2d map’, however the real thing can be better illustrated as a globe.  Munsell developed the ‘global’ method of illustrating & explaining colour & some people find this helpful.  Imagine the colour wheel now in 3D. The flat 2D wheel you are used to seeing is like a slice out of the middle of an orange.  (not a segment, a slice through, which reveals little triangle shaped pieces & a core in the middle)  Now lets look at it another way.  Below is the red from the out side of your 2D colour wheel, but now we can see the whole ‘red wedge’ showing us what happens if we add white or black to our clear red in the outer corner.   This is indepth & perhaps a little complicated for ‘COLOUR 101’ however it is helpful to understand this to move forward. Red_colour_family

The simplest way to work with colour, if it is something that you struggle with, is to work with either complementary (opposite on the colour wheel) or a harmonious scheme (colours next to or near each other on the colour wheel).  Once you have that sorted, the next thing to consider is HUE.  Hue refers to the depth of pigment (ie how light or dark it is).  To have something look harmonious the intensity of the pigment (the hue) of the colours you are using, should be close for the best look to your work.  There are some great books available my two favs. are not even ‘art’ books, but the principles apply whether you are talking about mixing beads, paint, or curtains!!

COLOUR: colour themes for every room by Joanna Copestick & Meryl Lloyd.  ISBN: 0 86411 781 7 (I think this has been republished under the title Vital Colour) & one I only picked up a year or so ago, The Colour Scheme Bible by Anna Starmer. ISBN 0 7318 1257 3. Both available in Oz & on  I will definitely have lots more to say on this………..but this is a start.

ps there’s more below, if I haven’t confused you enough!! LOL!!…….I have even started a new catagory on this subject…………I think being THE Colourguru…………I should have done that first.

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