Color Cauldron


The excitement of Inktober, Halloween and the release of Jane Davenports new Mermaid Markers has me all inspired!
I wanted to create some fabulous colours that would work well for not only the INKredibleTober Challenge, but for my journal pages I create in the future. ( You can join in the fun over on Jane’s Mixed Media Workshop Facebook Group.) So, after nearly fainting over the delicious new range of colours, especially the shimmers, I got to Mixing and the following “recipes” are what I have come up with….so far.
I  blended most of the colours on a palette, but also tried mixing or layering directly onto the page.
I think for the best effect, mixing on the palette worked for me. I played with different ratios. It is amazing what variations of intensity and colour you can get from playing with them like this. It’s difficult to measure or give you an exact ratio for each one, but as you will see from the pics, you can create a lovely variety of shades from the one colour combination.

I first started out wanting to make some shimmery pumpkin shades and after playing with these three colours, I was able to mix quite a variety.

As you can see in the following image I used Sand Bar, Falling Star and Polar Lights.
Each colour was made experimenting with the ratios.

Pumpkin Spice.
I used more of the Sand Bar to mix this shade.

The key at the top f the following page show the colours needed to get mixing your Pumpkin Spiced shades.


Sand Bar, Falling Star and Polar Lights.


I thought about what other colours remind me of Halloween and Purples came to mind. Perfect for a shimmery witches cloak or a dramatic gothic gown.
The shades of purple that can be mixed is amazing.
I used Octopus, Squid Ink and Polar Lights for these recipes.
Octopus, Squid Ink and Polar Lights were used in different
ratios to create these s fabulous summery shades or purple.


You can see how the amount of Pink ( Polar Lights)
Red ( Octopus) and blue ( Squid Ink)
really affects the tone of the purple.
When I think of Halloween, I definitely think of bats, ravens, witches  graveyards at night.
The following colours remind me of these things.
I threw a good splash of Milky Way, a dash of Sharks Eye, Black Hole and Meteorite into the cauldron and here we have it. Some deep dark colours bubbled out. I hope you enjoy mixing some of your own variations on these shades.
Milky Way and Sharks Eye were mixed to create the deep rich shimmery black.
Milky way and Sharks Eye ( heavy on the Milky Way) created the shimmery” Ravens Feather” colour as I like to call it.
And to create the “Gravestone Grey”, use a mix of Black Hole and Sharks Eye, then add a top layer of Meteorite over that.


Milky Way, Sharks Eye, Black Hole and Meteorite.
Of course Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a with or two with their glowing green skin, slime, slippery frogs, toads and shimmering Dragon scales to toss into their cauldrons.
To whip these colours up you will need Kelp, Falling Star and Sand Bar.
For my first recipe mix Kelp and Falling Star together, again changing up the ratios till it’s mixed to your taste.
Kelp and Falling Star
Left to right: Sand Bar and Aurora Australis
Aurora Australis and Falling Star
Kelp and Falling Star
Sand Bar and Aurora Australis


                                Kelp and Falling Star
Not wanting to waste any of the fabulous green I mixed, I used the last of it with a good splash of water on  a blank page and  watched as the colours pooled and separated.
Kelp and Falling Star and a good wash of water.
Now, every recipe book usually ends with all things sweet and these colours remind me of candy and fairies These are the simplest of all of the recipes and really only need two ingredients.
The colours from the Sunbleached set and Moonbeam from the Celestial Sky set.
You can see how the Moonbeam pastelises the colours, making them transform into pretty shades of candy, frosting and fairies wings etc.
From left to right: Lagoon, Driftwood, Seashell, Bali Blue, Conch, Moonbeam And Sand Bar.
(I apologise for the mix up with the Sand Bar mix being at the top of the page. I forgot the Sandbar mix and had to add it to the top, above the Moonbeam swatch.)
Well, I hope you enjoyed these recipes and you get cooking up a storm with your Mermaid Markers as well. I’m sure there are plenty more recipes to be created yet.
Time to pull out our cauldron and get cooking.
 The colours were all created using the newly released Mermaid Markers:

Sunbleached.  Conch, Seashell, Sand Bar, Lagoon, Bali Blue and Driftwood

Shipwrecked. Kelp, Squid Ink, Stormy Seas, Shark’s Eye, Octopus and Gills

Shimmering Sky. Milky Way, Aurora Australis, Polar Lights andPlanet Gliese

Celestial Sky. Meteorite, Moonbeam, Black Whole and Falling Star

                                      Wishing you a wonderfully arty day.
                                                 Kerry Sinigaglia
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