Experimenting with colour complements

Experiments with green blue and red orange journal page

I bought a great book, recommended by Samie Harding (journalgirl.com), called Flavor for Mixed Media by Mary Beth Shaw. (You can buy your printed copy or a Kindle version from the links at the bottom of this post. I get a small commission which I use to help pay for my website costs.)

Using two colours opposite on the colour wheel, although the exercises show three, I began to play with tints and shades. My favourite colour scheme is blue-green and red-orange in all their flavours.

The two colours were scraped onto the page and blended together, using an old credit card. I added circles in tints and tones by adding black, white or each other and then lastly, used a fat Copic to add the ‘screen’ and a white Uniball pen, as well as a fine Sharpie for the doodlings.

Here is the palette after I finished with the page.

green-blue/red-orange palette

And my finished page:

Experiments with green blue and red orange journal page

Thank you Samie for talking about this great book. More experiments to come.

Former quilt artist, now a painter having a great time creating art! For more than thirty years, I have been teaching (make that enthusing) people about making quilts, and am now retired! And now I make art every day!


  1. Noreen
    January 3, 2014

    You are so clever. I am looking forward to seeing these on Sunday

    1. Jan T
      January 3, 2014

      Two more sleeps!


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