Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mystery Palette Challenge

Book Cover

I have been busy preparing my book for a new AB RR that will begin next month.  With a cover like this, how could I not pick a theme that had to do with COLOR?   My book is all about getting you out of your color comfort zone.  I call it the "Mystery Palette Challenge."

I started by decorating the inside covers (front and back) with literally hundreds of 1" squares punched out of paint chip samples.

Inside Front Cover

Inside Back Cover

The introduction page for my book was done with Dylusion Ink Sprays in the colors of the rainbow.  I just love how vibrant and bold the colors are!

Introduction Page


The premise of my theme was inspired by the column entitled "With One Palette" featured in Somerset Studio Magazine.  I started by gathering 20 different color palettes. Then, for each palette, I punched 1" squares for each color from my never-ending supply of paint chips, and placed them into mini envelopes.  I sealed and numbered each envelope.  Hence, the "mystery."  The envelope will also serve as the  artist's sign-in.

Flag Pull-Out With Envelopes Attached

I decided to display the mystery palette envelopes in a flag pull-out.  Each envelope is attached with velcro which made the pull-out quite bulky.  Instead of attaching it to the book at the start of the round, I decided to keep the flag pull-out separate and will attach it to the front of my book at the conclusion of this round.

Each player will select one envelope and the challenge is to create a spread using just the colors (all of them) in the palette they selected.  For my initial spread, I chose the only palette that contained 5 colors.  Here they are:

Envelope (shown with palette) Doubles As Artist's Sign-In

I wanted to try my hand at melted crayon art using the 5 colors of my selected palette. I filled the blank spaces in with a little doodling.

Now my book is just about ready to be placed into the rotation.  I hope all of the artists will enjoy this Mystery Palette Challenge and maybe surprise themselves by creating beautiful works of art with a palette that is just a bit outside of their color comfort zone!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Out of An Orange Colored Sky

Inspiration for this month's chunky pages came quickly this time.  For "Inspired by a Song Title or Line" I chose a line from the Natalie Cole version of "Orange Colored Sky" that provides this great visual:

"...out of that orange colored, purple striped, pretty green polka dot sky..."

I started with glossy white cardstock (4" x 8" which would be folded in half to the 4" x 4" chunky page size) and gently blended alcohol ink for my background "orange" sky.  Next, I took a purple gelli pen and drew random lines for my "purple stripes."  Finally, I used lime green acrylic paint and applied my "polka dots" with a Q-tip and BBQ skewer sticks. 

To feature the line that inspired these pages, I remembered that I had these plastic orange slide frames!  I printed out the line from the song and centered them inside the frames.  I then made four slits to hold the frame and complete my pages.

So fun and so simple!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Cult of Blue Oysters

So I'm scheduled to work in a book whose theme is "Astronomy" this month.  However, it's not astronomy in the usual sense of the word.  This book theme is inspired by the lyrics of a song entitled "Astronomy" by the band Blue Oyster Cult.

Kudos to the many of the artists that came before me who listened and studied the lyrics for inspiration.  I wanted to do something a bit different.  Initially, I thought about doing something linked to the band's album cover art, but I was stumped.

I think at times like this, going literal helps me push through the block.  In this case, I took the band's name and created a literal translation.  Blue Oyster Cult = A Cult of Blue Oysters!  Aha!  Now THAT, I could do!

I found a black & white sketch of oysters to use as my background.  I added a turquoise blue glaze to give it some color.  Then I printed out different images of more black & white oysters onto cardstock and also glazed them blue.  Then I glued several layers together before cutting each oyster out.  I placed the cut-out oysters on top of my background and secured them with glue dots to create a 3-D effect.  I added touches of glitter glue, well, just because.

Of course, no oyster would be complete without a pearl or two (or 12!).  I used Liquid Pearls (what else?) to make my pearls and then topped each off with some Glossy Accents to give them a more life-like, spherical appearance.  I used an extra oyster to decorate my sign-in tag (bottom photo).

I apologize to Hope who did not wish to have too much bulk added to her book pages, but I just couldn't resist!