The Color Process by Karen Elaine

When I received the Halftone Dots Series stencil set I was tickled because I immediately thought of the halftone process and CMYK color mixing which is near and dear to my heart. For over twenty five years I have painted using only three “primary” colors plus white and black. Through trial and error I experimented with every color imaginable until I got the perfect trio of colors. Not only was it less expensive to paint this way, I never made a muddy color! A few years ago I developed Splash Ink which are the colors of my simple palette to make any color imaginable without making mud.

For today's post I decided to do a play on the halftone process using transparent colors and the Halftone Dots series stencils on Mineral Paper.

Cut the paper into six inch squares which are the same size as the stencils.

Load a stencil brush with cyan blue and apply it over the larger dots on the mineral paper. Make sure the colors dry before going to the next color. Colors on mineral paper will take longer to dry than regular paper.

Apply magenta over the medium dots on the paper.

Use the next smaller size dots and apply yellow.

Use black on the smallest dots to finish.

Depending on where the dots overlay on each other you can see how the overlapping colors make new colors.

Experiment with different brands or types of paints and inks and try to use only the most transparent colors.To determine if a color is transparent, make a 2” stripe of black waterproof india ink in the middle of a sheet of 9 x 12 or larger white watercolor paper or bristol board and let it dry completely. Apply a 1” swatch of color going across the black strip so there is color on both sides of the strip. Do this with as many colors as the strip has room and let the colors dry completely. If you see any color or sediment on the black strip after it has dried then it is not a transparent color. This is how to determine a transparent, semi transparent, semi opaque and opaque colors.

When doing this technique, use different color combinations or rotate the stencils on the paper. Apply a wash of transparent color over the dots after they have dried or use a brayer. I tried another brand of primary magenta, cyan and yellow and the colors didn’t turn out as vibrant so the black ink test is the only way to know if you have colors that are truly mixable.

Supplies:

Halftone Series Stencil Set

Mineral Paper

Niji Splash Ink, Magenta, Yellow and Blue

Black acrylic paint

Stencil brush

Makeup Sponge

 

Now be sure to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a FREE set of stencils from Artistcellar! A lucky winner will be chosen May 11th, and contacted through email. If you already bought a Halftone Dots Series, you can pick another stencil series of your choosing from Artistcellar. And don't forget to stop by on Wednesday to see Shelby's post and another chance to win!




Lisa Cousineau
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26 Responses

Candice
Candice

May 09, 2016

Way too cool!

Lisa
Lisa

May 08, 2016

LOVE the layering!!

Jean Marmo
Jean Marmo

May 07, 2016

Oh – love this!!

Valerie
Valerie

May 07, 2016

Interesting. I might have to experiment with only painting with 3 primary colors. Hmmm….

Felicia Aaron
Felicia Aaron

May 02, 2016

These are brilliant! I love the overlapping technique and I always forget to utilize that because it always turns out so cool! Love your origami as well! LOL Blessings

Carole Carlson
Carole Carlson

May 01, 2016

I like the way you overlapped the different size stencils, you got an interesting result.

Shay
Shay

April 30, 2016

I love what you’ve done with these. I can’t imagine using the 3 primaries for 25 years – commendable! Thanks for a chance to win:)

chel
chel

April 29, 2016

Love these images- very pop art/Andy Warhol.

Kathy L
Kathy L

April 28, 2016

Thanks Karen for your tutorial. I think it’s quite daring that you only use primary colors for all your paintings. Love them!

kim
kim

April 27, 2016

ooo love this! The dots are amazing! Love the process with the paint play, gotta try it out. The mineral paper sounds stunning!~kim

jean marmo
jean marmo

April 27, 2016

Such fuN!!

Jackie P Neal
Jackie P Neal

April 26, 2016

Karen, very nice colors and designs- well done!

Donna May-Brunet
Donna May-Brunet

April 26, 2016

I just saw these gorgeous stencils!!!!! Your tutorial is awesome!!!

Donna May-Brunet
Donna May-Brunet

April 26, 2016

Incredible stencil. Got to have them. Your work is beautiful

Kim
Kim

April 26, 2016

I love how you’ve used the dots Karen, especially the black and white piece. Thank you!

Nancy Curry
Nancy Curry

April 26, 2016

I love the organic quality of these half-tone dots. I can’t wait to see more compositions with them.

Karen
Karen

April 25, 2016

I like the color combinations.

Clemencia
Clemencia

April 25, 2016

I love it, thank you so much for sharing your techniques :)

Leslie Fry
Leslie Fry

April 25, 2016

Very inspiring! As Amy mentioned, I would like to know more about the properties of mineral paper. Why you chose to use it, what makes it different. Thanks!

Briana
Briana

April 25, 2016

Karen Elaine,
You invented Splash Ink?! I had no idea. That’s so cool!
I adore what you did here with the three primary colors, plus black, on the Mineral Paper. Thanks for sharing the tips about testing for opacity, too!

stephanie
stephanie

April 25, 2016

Totally looks like an off-register print job! These look like a lot of fun

Lois
Lois

April 25, 2016

So fun! They look fab all layered up on top of each other! Thanks for the inspiration!

Bea
Bea

April 25, 2016

Love the effect and the tip on checking transparency…b

Jill C
Jill C

April 25, 2016

I love the possibilities of these, use lots of circles in my work and these would make it so dimensional.

Vicky Christensen
Vicky Christensen

April 25, 2016

Very cool! Halftone dots are now on my wish list.

Amy
Amy

April 25, 2016

Karen, thanks for sharing. Love the bright colors and spots/dots. Now I am curious about mineral paper and how paint, stains, dyes react differently than other papers.

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