Friday, July 6, 2012

Color Recipes

One of my favorite things to do is create my own recipes . . .  recipes for food is obvious, but I also love to create my own recipes for Chalk Paint (TM) decorative paints. 
I guess it all goes hand in hand with my 'need to create or I might shrivel up and die' personality. Remember this is the girl who made and sold Fimo beads to the kids in my high school--and at Grateful Dead concerts, but that's A WHOLE 'nother story.
So ever since the one and only Annie Sloan encouraged us to create our own recipe books, I've been making a more diligent effort not to just slop this and chug, chug that when mixing paints.

FYI--to make a recipe I use a baby medicine syringe. I work in .5 tsp increments for each color. Then I simply apply the ratios when mixing larger batches.

So for this recipe for a Tiffany blue inspired color I mixed:

1/2 + 1/2 + 1/2 tsp Pure White
1/2 tsp Florence
1/4 tsp Provence


3 parts Pure White
1 part Florence
1/2 part Provence

and later when making the big batch I mixed

1 1/2 cups Pure White
1/2 cup Florence
1/4 cup Provence.

Look closely at this recipe (the fabric was what I was matching for the client)
The big rectangle is my original recipe batch. The circle in the top left corner was my big batch creation I made using the ratios method. Not bad, huh?

(note: whites are off in this photo--it's too blue.)

And here's a shot of my Florence and Old White page. Ok yeah. Let's be honest. Writing out THE ENTIRE WORD Florence and ENTIRE TWO WORDS Old White was waaaay to much to ask of my ADHD brain. 

And here are the bowls from a recipe making session. Each of these colors was made using difference combinations of Chalk Paint (TM) and I have the recipes for each one!!  I can't bear to throw away any extra paint, so I usually put the extra on some home decor item I have laying around. This time it was Texas stars.

And here is the Tiffany blue inspired color on two pieces:

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  1. Love the color Jessica! Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe! The table with the drawers looks fabulous with that sweet chair. The Grateful Dead....hmmmm....very interesting....

  2. thanks so much Jessica!!! Cant wait to try it!!

  3. jessica, you are not only brilliant, you are generous...thanks for sharing, i love what you're doing!

  4. Hi
    Color Recipes
    Please keep it coming and I'll be back for a more bit of surprise! It seems so simple and yet extremely useful.

  5. LOVE all the color mixes.Especially that Tiffany blue.Those pieces you painted are beautiful!

  6. Love that color!! You are so creative!!!

  7. I am thinking about painting a wood Hoosier cabinet in this yummy Tiffany color and doing the inside in Emperors Silk to highlight the red Bakelite handles. Thank you for solving my color dilemma. GREAT BLOG! It's an interesting story how I found you.....

  8. love this post...thank you for sharing with us!

    janet xox
    The Empty Nest

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