I love making and using swatches of inks, paints, pens, markers and even embossing powders. When you are working on a project, it can save you a lot of time to be able to pick your palette from swatches. Making the swatches gives you an opportunity to explore the material before really putting it to use. If you like to stretch your supplies, this is good place to start.
This video is the first one out of my new video editing software (Wondershare Filmora). It's a snippet from a video on Mail Art Postcards that will come later this week. That video is pretty long ahem and I want to start small to learn the program.
I just finished stamping out all of my inks (ala Jennifer McGuire) onto small squares and organizing them in rainbow fashion in coin pocket pages. I attached the pages with a binder ring and hung on a command hook. Perfect. It took a half an hour here and there to complete this project. I'd say about two hours (give or take) in all. I suggest that you use the kind of paper for your swatches that you plan to use with a particular ink or paint.
This is one of the technical aspects of creating art. It's usually a behind the scenes activity that takes time and helps enormously when you are planning to put the brush to the paper (or the rubber to the road - lol). Enjoy the video. Here is the link to the Distress Ink and Archival Ink charts. I've mixed my Archivals in with my dye inks. I may create 2" swatches for the Distress Inks as well. Folks say they don't stamp well but I like the way they stamp. It's Distressed ;)
One more thing before I leave today: There is a time and place for blind choosing a color. It's a really great way to start a new art journal page, or mixed media project. Just reach into your container and use what you pick. Choose the rest of your colors from there! It's fun. Or anytime you get "stuck," just blind choose a color. Really. It works.
For my blog post and video on how I set up my Art Swatch Journal using the Arc or Levenger system, go here.
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