Project 3 – stage 3 – exercise 1 & 2

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Mixing colours, great fun if a little frustrating! It is just so difficult to match colours with a limited amount of pigments to start with. The main problems I seem to be having are yellows and really nice purples. Through reading up on the subject; I believe that purples (particularly violets) are particularly hard to mix, however this knowledge does not really help when you are struggling.

Besides this I did manage to make the colours paler, duller, less intense, darker through mixing as the shots above show.

I was quite surprised to find that I preferred the delicate colours created with the water colours, more than the brighter more intense colours created using the acrylic colours. I always felt that I enjoyed working with brighter colours, maybe I am mellowing with age or maybe I find them more peaceful, (peace and harmony is something I am severely lacking at the moment) so it may well be that this is why I am becoming more attracted to them!

Still, I carried on with the brighter colours for exercise 2 as these were the fabrics I had chosen. This is where I really had trouble with the violet colour mixing,  I got close but not really close enough for my liking.

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About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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