Create a Color Journal

29 Mar

I love “meeting” creative people! I always feel so inspired and happy when I find someone that shares a creative passion with me. And today I’d like to introduce you to a VERY creative person . . . Anne Gaal.

Anne majored in English in college and later became a technical writer and web developer. She also took many college art classes, including art history, drawing, painting, and photography. She has also studied photography through an at-home course through the New York Institute of Photography. You can find her amazing photography in her Etsy shop here.

Anee used to do lots of color tests on scrap pieces of paper and then threw them away. One day she realized that she was testing the same thing over and over again and decided to keep all her tests and organize them into a color journal she could refer to often. And thus began her Color Journal. She tracks her color journey on her blog Gaal Creative. She agreed to let us share some of this fabulous project with you today.

Anne planned ahead and selected special testing paper for each of her color products. She chose paper that she would actually use on her projects so that the colors of ink, paint, stickles, etc. would cleverly match the end result. Here are some of the pages within her book:

Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue:

She Writes: “One of the questions I often ask myself is whether the Stickles™ will show up well on dark colors. So, I took a piece of black cardstock and adhered it to a piece of white cardstock. Then I tested each of my Stickles™ colors so they covered both white and black cardstock. As you can see, the Stickles™ do show up well even on the dark cardstock.”

Stamping Inks:

She writes: “I went to an office supply store and bought a large container of small tags on string. I put some scrap paper down on my work surface, held the string end of the tag, and then dragged each color of ink across a tag in a style known as “direct to paper” (DTP). Basically, I rubbed the ink directly on the tags – and holding the tags by the string helped me get less inky in the process!”

Embossing Powders:

She writes: “I am forever testing my embossing powders on scrap papers to see how they will look. One of my biggest questions is whether a certain color will be vivid enough or have enough contrast with either a light-toned or dark-toned paper to show up well. That is why I decided to test on both light- and dark-toned paper. Another question I usually have is whether the embossing powder is fine enough to do thin details. Or whether the embossing powder covers solid areas well. So, for my test, I specifically picked a stamp image that has solid areas, fine details, and even distinct dots to test separation.”

Distressing Inks:

She writes: “When I looked in my color journal recently, I realized that I am using my Distress Inks more and more with watercolor paper. And my tags really only show how the Distress Inks would look on coated paper. So I decided to make a new set of entries for my color journal. For these, I used 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper. I first swirled on the Distress Ink using the blending tool and foam, and then I stamped over top using a stamp from Hero Arts.”

Anne has inspired me to do a better job of tracking my colors. I’m sure she has inspired you as well. If you decide to participate in this project, we’d love to see it! Just link us to your project in the comments section below and continue to visit Anne’s blog as she continues on her color journey!

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Sue McG
Sue McG

Anne's color journal is so inspiring, I love it!!

Jane
Jane

Awesome ideas!

Lin J.
Lin J.

LOVE this! I finally did something similar this winter with all my dies/stamps/punches, etc. What a help!!!

Thanks for sharing this great info!!

nerdgrl
nerdgrl

I always think "I'll get this organized during the summer." Ah well, maybe THIS summer.

Godelieve
Godelieve

I LOVE Anne's color journal! It's not only usefull, but so gorgeous too.

Nat Murdock
Nat Murdock

I love all of Anne's creations! This is a great idea I need to do this too :)

Clare
Clare

Wonderful feature- Anne totally deserved it! :)

Anne Gaal
Anne Gaal

Thanks for all the wonderful comments! :-)

Trinh
Trinh

You've got so many wonderful ideas, Anne! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Heather Maria
Heather Maria

Thanks for all the wonderful ideas Anne! I'll have to get organized like this too!

NancyK
NancyK

Wonderful write up on Anne's innovative color journal, thanks so much for highlighting this talented artist. So happy for you Anne and thanks for the brilliant color journal ideas.

mary Duffel
mary Duffel

Absolutely FANATASTIC ideas... !!! It opens a whole new world of using color products and combinations to me.. THANK YOU>>

Donna C
Donna C

Wow- such great ideas - I love it.

Mary Hunt
Mary Hunt

Great story chock full of information that can make any art dwelling organized and follow through with a more joyable project experience...thank you for sharing Anne with us!

Cindi
Cindi

Great idea! You really covered all the bases, with light/dark backgrounds and detail/solid stamping! I agree, this is also a good shopping tool to avoid repeat purchases. WTG Anne!

Susan McRae
Susan McRae

Great feature on Anne and her fantastic ideas!

Sarah M
Sarah M

So many great ideas here for keeping track of colors, Anne! Thanks for sharing with us all!

charlene
charlene

Wow! Those are some great color ideas! tfs!

Virginia L.
Virginia L.

Thanks for featuring such a talented artist like Anne! What a brillinat idea to keep a color journal! FABULOUS!

Fika
Fika

Now this is what i called TREMENDOUS job Anne.. it's always hard for me to choose color every time i create any card.. but now you've been inspiring me to keep track on my colors too.. you're AWESOME Anne.. thank you so much for sharing this :)

Shanna Vineyard
Shanna Vineyard

I'm so inspired Anne! I need some sort of color organization system myself! Thanks for the fabulous tips! You're a creative genius! Hugs! ♥ Shanna

Lucy Abrams
Lucy Abrams

Wow - how wonderfully inspiring. I am off to create right NOW. Thank you so much Anne and Jen.

Nicole K
Nicole K

Anne is a really talented artist, and it's great to see her showcased in such a publication.

I love what she's done with her color book! Thanks for sharing, and thanks to the blog for showcasing her!

Anne Gaal
Anne Gaal

Hi, Jen! Thank you so much for this tremendous write up. It is such an honor and privilege to be featured at Scrapbook Trends Magazine Blog! To answer your readers' questions, I have been blogging since July, 2008, but I have been writing and creating art all of my life.

HollyD
HollyD

I finally did this in January. It took a VERY long time to get it all finished, since I have a lot of stuff. But it is SO worth it. It's also useful when I go shopping ... what colors of glimmer mist do I already own? Which distress stickles have I not found yet? Lot of work, but totally worth it!!

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