For my Studio Calico September 2013 (Double Scoop) gallery, I did a Project Life spread with a watercolored faux gradient grid insert/filler card and I've developed a little crush on them...grids + sequenced color blocks??? YES.
I actually made several of the same grid (the middle of the left side of the spread) because I wanted some extras just in case and I ended up using some of the backups on the right side of the spread as well (I like having a couple cards in each spread that tie my color combos together.) The top middle card with the punched circles over a grid card and the week in review card on the bottom right both started out as gradient grid cards that I got a little out of control with the paint brush so they got repurposed :)
Anyway, back the the gradient/ombre/ROYGBIV grid card making...as with just about everything in scrapbooking, I'm sure there are many different ways of going about this, I'm going to share a couple that jive well with my order of operations. The first is how I made these, some tips and things I will tweak on my next grids, & some neurotic organization and then a little about a few spin off ideas I had for more faux gradient grids.
So to get started, I grabbed my watercolors and cheap white cardstock for testing out color mixtures before committing. I realized fairly early on that I was in desperate need of some sort of reference/ color swatch card for my watercolor palette because it's hard to tell what's what when you're looking at 36 pots of dry paint...here's what I ended up doing...
My watercolor set (far right) is just a $5 palette from Michael's that came unlabeled and includes 36 different colors- definitely not professional quality but I'm SOOO not professional so it's kind of perfect for me :) Like I said, the pots aren't labeled so I numbered them with a fine tip sharpie and then created 2 different color swatch cards because my brain requires sequential organizational structure- otherwise things get all kinds of hairy and frustrating for me. The swatch card on the far left are painted samples of each color on the palette, in the same order and layout as the palette- the colors look TOTALLY different when painted so this needed to happen. The swatch card in the middle might seem redundant or even ridiculous to some, but honestly- it's just how my brain operates, I like things in ROYGBIV order and bonus- it speeds things up with choosing colors.
So, with my new handy swatch cards as a guide, I chose a base color combo that coordinated with the SC September Project Life kit but for the example I made for this post, I went with olive-yellow, green, aqua/teal, blue, and violet and a 3x5 grid- 3 shades of each of my 5 base colors...
Now for the fun part- mixing colors...I found that writing the color "ingredients" for each mix that I tried out came in very handy. It kept me from repeating mixes and if I needed to mix more paint, I knew exactly what colors I used. It's really not as involved as it sounds, I literally used scraps of cruddy white cardstock and jotted down the numbers only for the most part...
and here's the example grid I made with very basic versions of the color formulas- what can I say, it's like a chemistry set but with watercolors which is awesome...
1) left column= light, middle= bold/bright, right column= dark
2) the colors in the right column are mixed with a shade from the next row
3) I included purple and I HATE purple...not sure why I did that but there it is.
4) I drew the gridlines with a fine tip sharpie before filling in the blocks and then once it was all painted up and dried, I used a broad tip sharpie to go back over them. I just like how it looks.
A couple of other gradient style grid ides:
1) Ombre: need I say more? I have big plans for this one...I'm thinking of doing 3-5 columns (light, medium, & dark) and then fading the color by row.
2) Base + Neutral grid: choose a few base colors and a few neutral shades to mix with each base...
base+white // base+ivory // base color // base+kraft // base+light grey
3) Digital grids: using PhotoShop, PSE, Illustrator...etc. to make a printable grid
Lots of options and lots of fun- I highly recommend unearthing those watercolor sets and seeing what happens!
Thanks for hanging out with me today!