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.”
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!”
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.”
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!