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Creating Colour Charts for Your Art Supplies

Creating Colour Charts for Your Art Supplies

As new colours are created in our favourite supplies, it can be pretty handy to know what colours are available as which products. Having dozens of charts is great when they're our own personalised ones but to see what's available for each collection, I find it much easier to see all the colours at once with little indicators for those that aren't in every medium.

The 2 ready-made colour charts are for all the Tim Holtz Distress and Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley supplies. Then I made a few more blank ones for you to add your own colour, to make your own personalised charts! Use for paints, pens, pencils, inks, anything :) Hope they're useful.

Ready-made Charts for Dylusions and Tim Holtz

To use each chart, click the image to see it bigger to download and print for your own personal use. Each one should fit at 100% on an A4 plus you can always choose the print option "fit to print" as well.

Colour Chart for Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley free to download at Art by Jenny   Colour Chart for Tim Holtz Distress by Ranger free to download from Art by Jenny

The arty treasures in Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley range include Acrylic Paints, Ink Sprays, Shimmer Sprays and Paint Pens.
Tim Holtz Distress range includes Ink Pads, Mini Ink Pads, Reinkers, Mini Archival Ink Pads, Archival Reinkers, Spray Stains, Paints, Watersoluble Crayons, Watercolour Markers, Oxide Sprays, Oxide Ink Pads, Oxide Reinkers.

The colours on each pre-coloured chart are only a representation. More charts for Tim and Dyan's supplies can be found at Ranger - but why not just make your own? Read on...

Make Your Own Colour Chart

Having a colour chart is useful for organising supplies but I find it most useful for creating samples of each colour, especially those that look different on the labels to their actual contents. For examples, Shimmer Sprays by Dylusions and Sparks Acrylic Paints by Finnabair.

DIY colour chart of Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks Paints and Oxides from Art by Jenny   create your own diy colour chart for Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley art supplies from Ranger at Art by Jenny

How to use the Blank Colour Charts ... Click on the picture to either download and/or print. Use the printout or trace onto another sheet of paper. Colour them in with your treasures. Make a new chart for each different medium (ink, paint, spray) so you can easily keep track of your collection and see at a glance what each colour really looks like.

Why not create charts on different types of paper (plain, glossy, watercolour, mixed media) so you can have an instant reminder of how each colour reacts and looks once dried.
For example, ink sprays spread and dry differently on glossy paper than they do on regular plain paper.

Another way to swatch colours (create colour samples) is to gather them in groups of warms, cools, purples and neutrals.

Need a reminder of customised colours? Swatch the colours you've mixed with a sample of their combined mix in the middle (ie, red and yellow with orange in the middle).

make your own instant reminder of the colours in your collection - cat shapes from Art by Jenny  make your own instant reminder of the colours in your collection - puzzle shapes from Art by Jenny  make your own instant reminder of the colours in your collection - splash shapes from Art by Jenny

Some artists create these huge charts of squares, similar to a times tables chart. 
It looks very pretty when they're done and while it does take a fair amount of time, it can be worthwhile.
This style is useful for seeing which colours are used to create another colour.

Start with a grid of lots of squares (mark them out with a ruler or use graph paper or Dylusions Dyalog Grid Insert Books). Colour the top row and the left (or right) vertical column with your colours. In the intersection from each of these rows, add a mixture of the two colours.

I hope this blog post inspires you try new colours, discover new colour combinations, mix colours, find new favourites and help you organise your art supplies!

Have fun!

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