Saturday, December 14, 2013

Color Charts and some etcetera

Seasons Greetings All!

A new follower has joined and thank you for your interest in this on again off again blog.  It is, I'm willing to admit, not the best blog in the world, so I'm always glad to see someone take interest.

Christmas is just around the corner and we are expecting company.  I may not be able to submit anything until after Jan 1, 2014.  With company coming, it means curious little fingers, and everything has to be put away and secured.  Some of my stuff, actually a lot of stuff is situated in the living room and has to find a temporary home elsewhere in the house.

The above poorly photographed color charts is what I've been doing.  These three are only a partial representation of the charts I've made so far.  My wife and I both have a myriad of different colors at out disposal, inks, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, chalks, color pencils, metallic pencils and pens, rubber stamp pads, etc., etc., some brands which are no longer available.  I decided to make color charts so that I would know better what we have as some things are stored here and there in the house.  It is easy to forget what you have without some kind of reference.

The upper left chart are new colors.  Inka Gold Metallic Rub top and on the bottom, Viva Precious Metal Colour paint. Yep, that's how it's spelled. I intend to make another chart of these two on black paper to see how they look.  I especially like the Metallic Rub. Not all colors are represented, by the way. That is really going to make things pop when applied to a textured surface.  I think better than Rub 'n Buff .  Yep, got that, too.  But it is an o.k. product.

On the right, Alcohol Inks by Ranger.  You have already seen results of these when I colored some Faux Bone.  Some colors are pretty weak and you have to be careful how you use them.

The bottom chart are some colors of a product called Radiant Pearls produced years ago by Angelwing Enterprises.  I may be in error, but I believe this product may have been picked up by another company and has been repackaged and colors partially renamed to Twinkling H2O's.  The one drawback I found with Radiant Pearls was that they would not dry on a non-porous surface.  Even on a porous surface they took awhile to dry.  But once dry they are beautiful and vibrant.  Another nice thing about them, a little goes a loooong way.  This is true of a number of metallic or pearlescent paints and look better on darker backgrounds.  

The interference pigments you find in Twinkling H2O's, Pearl-Ex, and Perfect Pearls, and Golden acrylics for example,  also look better on darker backgrounds, allowing the reds, greens and violets to come to life.  Speaking of Perfect Pearls, I am not a big fan of this product.  I would not have had them except I won four sets as a prize in a mini-book contest years ago when they first came out.

Well, that's all for now.  I hope to get another entry in before company comes.


  1. John, It is always a pleasure to read your blog although I don't always take the time to comment. Making the color charts was a smart idea especially with so many products on hand for you and your wife.

    Time for me too to pick up all the stray wire pieces and stones. Little ones do seem to find them!

    Enjoy the Holiday time with family. I look forward to your next entry!

  2. Thanks, Christine. Always a pleasue to hear from you.