Friday, June 29, 2012

Tomorrow Neutrals

Hopefully Tomorrow I will be able to cover 

Ta Da' everyone's favorite   " Neutrals"

One last post, today, the Neutral Samples I have so far ~ CeCe Caldwell Clay Chalk Paint

1. Johnston Daffodil (neutral? shrug) I wanted in the photo for comparison.

2. Pittsburgh Gray which I love love love - it is River Rock Gray, think of Spa " Hot Rocks"

3. Seattle Mist is a beautiful Wool Gray like my Fur Son ~ Cuddly ~ which does have a Cool base, No green, none. No weirdness, it is as Gray as it gets. 

4. Young Kansas Wheat, this color is more in the Taupe family. It is not gray. It blends with Everything. A keeper. 

5. Vintage White - my favorite, it is the bestest.

6. Here she is - Hershey Brown. This is Hershey Chocolate Brown. It is in the middle between Milk and Dark. It is Robust and does have that almost deep aubergine within, when its spread thin. Very slight, this though brings it a whole new dimension. 

A friend of mine painted a spare room in her house with a color that was Hershey Bar Wrapper Brown- she trimmed it out with a rich vanilla cream. This room was drop dead beautiful. She had shown us, her friends the paint chip first. Everyone said GAH it's Soo Dark, it's too dark, the room is too small for that color.
I wish I knew what color that was, this was many years ago. Her house too a little bungalow with all the extras from it's original build. She knew what she wanted, and she went there. Her color chosen, obviously Memorable :)

Till next time ... hopefully tomorrow.

Say Goodnight Dewey ....


How many shades of Green are there? 

Green is a funny color, it is either loved, embraced and or the opposite.
I have heard of people actually becoming " ill" by viewing some shades of green. Maybe this is where the catch phrase began, " You look Green" - feeling of ill health. Green with Envy. Green with Jealousy.  Yet when one mentions, Green Eyes, Cat Eyes for instance, it takes on a whole new meaning. How do we arrive at Green? Green is created by mixing Blue and Yellow, two primary colors. Without one added, it cannot be accomplished " Green". Green depending on Hue, Tone, Depth, Shade,  it is known to create Emotional Responses. 

Do you have a favorite green?  more than likely you offer adjectives to describe it.
British Race Car, Pine, Olive, Leaf, Lime, Mint, Grass, Emerald, Toad Green, it goes on and on, and each are unique, stand alone, all by themselves. I created my own green. Mixing white Gesso which is found at art supply stores with Tints. In my learning of Mixing, there is no mistakes, each time you play, you learn what to add, what to take away. You can see the base I created, and painted onto my kitchen cabinet. The horror on some of your faces, why that color? I personally like it. Mixing tints of blue, turquoise and yellow green - slowly to white Gesso, this is my result. I am torn because I love BOLD DARING yes, and I also love the colors of soft beach sands, ocean sea glass, beach worn. You can see on this practice cab, I let my imagination go wild.  

What is your favorite shade of green?

A close up of the area that is Beachy Shabbed - All is Possible - the colors mixed you see
(L)Vintage White & Young Kansas Wheat, (R) is Pittsburgh Gray & Vintage White

Do you see the coverage? it is this simple, this why I say CeCe is no Fail - this did not take me but minutes.

Another Cab that I used this Gesso base and added layers of CeCe over it - slowly by dry brushing. I used Young Kansas Wheat, You cannot see it, but its there. Maine Harbor Blue afterward, while the Young Kansas Wheat was still wet. They both to mesh together - then to add a few streaks of the tints, again dry brushing. This took only minutes to create. Watermelon Rind :)

The New Color out that I have received " Texas Prairie" that I call Cat Eye Green. It is Cat Eye Green. It changes in light, this is exciting.

You can see it Wet  - Texas Prairie (L) and Kentucky Mint ( R)

Dry: Texas Prairie (L) and Kentucky Mint ( R) 

When my samples arrived, of coarse I had to open them, stick my finger in them and play, That I did, I stuck my finger in Texas Prairie and Finger Painted over the Beachy Shabbed. This is the Result,  upon the Beach Shabbed wood, as photo shows above.  Do you see Green? I see a pale florescent beachy limon yellow. To the left is Shabbed mix, the right is Texas Prairie 

Another photo

I have played with and mixed the colors of CeCe and Texas Prairie is a changer. Have not experienced this with any of the other colors. I like it, it makes it even more versatile.

It is Cat Eye Green, my fur Son says Hello  

Maybe you're thinking I stuck my finger in the wrong color, Johnston Daffodil by mistake. I went and finger painted Johnston Daffodil next to the Prairie Green. Took photos. You can See " Yellow is Yellow"

Johnston Daffodil top and Texas Prairie bottom

Reminds me of the wall paint I chose for my basement, Pittsburgh Paints Safari. Depending on the light, it shows as a golden pear, with a candle glow and other times it is apple green.

Safari Pittsburgh Paint 312-3
You can see here it is not in the Green family it is in the Golds :) 

Muted Soft Colors ~ Universal

The Soft Muted Colors 

Four Colors, Three are Newly introduced. I added Kentucky Mint to show the comparison. Kentucky Mint is a soft color, yet compared to the other four,  it isn't.

In the drying stages:
Pittsburgh Gray, Johnston Daffodil, Omaha Ochre, Cottonwood Sienna, Texas Prairie, Kentucky Mint, Montana Sky, Maine Harbor Blue


1. Kentucky Mint ~ New to the Line - Soft Jade Green 
2. Texas Prairie ~ New to the Line - So Different, will explain. It has shown me it changes " Cats Eye"
3. Cottonwood Sienna ~ one of the original colors -Palomino Horse
4. Omaha Ochre ~ one of the original colors - slight golden hue, Wheat 
5. Johnston Daffodil ~ New to the line `Palest Chalk Yellow' 

Vintage White 

The Three Colors that offer Gold, Golden,Yellow  

Left is Cottonwood Sienna, Middle is Omaha Ochre, Right is Johnston Daffodil 
Too show the color variation, you can see the three in line next to a dark gray - Pittsburgh Gray

1. Pittsburgh Gray. 2. Johnston Daffodil. 3. Omaha Ochre. 4. Cottonwood Sienna
Can you see how I call Johnston Daffodil the Palest Chalk Yellow - Chalk Board. 

Comparing colors 
Left Omaha Ochre &  Right Vintage White 

Vintage White & Hershey Brown ~ Painted Pony 

 Johnston Daffodil next to Kentucky Mint 

Cottonwood Sienna next to Georgia Clay

Johnston Daffodil next to Omaha Ochre

Texas Prairie next to Vintage White 

Texas Prairie is an odd color. It reminds me of Cats Eye Green. Meow Likes. 
Compare the Two Greens: (L) Kentucky Mint and (R) Texas Prairie 

Not having a Green at the time I created my own, with Acrylics " tinting" white Gesso -creating the base. 
Will make a new post, there is enough here to view and think about. :) 

Continued Colors

Colors of CeCe Caldwell Paints~ Wet and Dry 

Not your usual paint here. What is the determining factor of almost all paint purchases " Color" Going back to the Wet Samples, I covered Kentucky Mint and Montana Sky Blue yesterday  I wanted to add so you can see the actual Paint in Sample form, on my blog, as a comparison. 
I was sidetracked by the 100 degree temps yesterday, my brain not all here. To show you the comparisons of the two Blues: Montana Sky Blue and Maine Harbor Blue. 
These are my samples. To the left is Montana Sky Blue, to the right is Maine Harbor Blue. The lime green you see is on the outside of the Maine Harbor Blue is my artistic finger prints from playing, it dried that way. The lime green is not a component of the Maine Harbor Blue ;)  I added the quarter for all to gauge something WE all know - what it looks like. 

Going back to the Wet Samples - to Dry finish 

1. Kentucky Mint  2. Montana Sky Blue  3. Maine Harbor Blue  4. Georgia Clay  5. Kissimmee Orange 

3. Maine Harbor Blue is Classic Cobalt Blue 
If you are wanting to add dimension within a finished product, this color is an essential. It is a Primary Color for one. You can blend it, you can use it as a wash, you can mix it to add depth to another CeCe color. Or use it all by itself. 

Shown mixed:  1. is Vintage White alone. 2. Maine Harbor Blue  3. Maine Harbor Blue with a streak of Vintage White  4. Maine Harbor Blue with a streak of Young Kansas Wheat 

Maine Harbor Blue ~~Dry 

4. Georgia Clay 
Looks very deep orange terracotta wet. It is not the same once dry. It is of the orange family. It has a neutral base. It does not scream yellow or gold, nor rose or pink. Thinking of Terracotta, the clay pots we have all seen in stores. This is not the same color. It has a hue of copper, is a good way of explaining it. Muted Copper. The pottery shown as you can see this does not view as Clay Pot Orange but softer, more muted. 

You can see the softness of natural clay 

Georgia Clay ~~ Dry
As you see at the top, there are TWO Oranges - 4. Georgia Clay and 5. Kissimmee Orange ~ Compare

To the left is Kissimmee Orange, to the Right is Georgia Clay. Next to each other Dry. 
Two totally different Oranges. One Bright, One Muted :) 

Kissimmee Orange is a love fest for me. Orange is my favorite color. It reminds me of true Orange Sherbet. You can see how easy it is to soften with a tad, a tiny tad of Vintage White, it becomes a Orange Cream 
Moving on to more colors. I hope this helps others who are contemplating buying CeCe Paints. The Samples I have purchased, received well worth it. The Paint itself, a little goes a long way. Who could complain about that?  Not me. Through Blogging these colors it is helping with my own issue of creating a color palette for my Abode. I have been the Paint Chip, Paint Collector for too long. Finally I feel I found my Paint :)  A Paint that is so Risk Free - Imagine this, not your imagination it's here. 

Drums Please ~~~

It's Summertime

It's Hot today. Whew. Summertime is here.
So are my new colors ~ CeCe Caldwell Chalk Clay Paint Colors

I ordered more samples, they arrived yesterday. The Color Choices are So Amazing!

The colors shown here are WET in the drying stage ~~~~
Wanting you to see the change, there is a change, it's not dramatic but it is visible.

Number 1 shown,  A new color, it is named Kentucky Mint

To describe it, not sure if I would classify it in the " Mint" category.
Next to chocolate brown, we think of mint chip Ice Cream, I do not find this
a Mint in that way, if that makes sense. It is a mellow soft neutral green, no blue within it, nor yellow. A muted gingham green comes to mind. It's very fresh, would look like Spring with white. Or streaked with Maine Harbor Blue, Montana Sky Blue - Yum. Have not bought it yet, would look adorable with Traverse City Cherry Red. The colors to compliment each other, not to create " Christmas" -

A good example of Kentucky Mint, this Jadite Milk Glass Green

Kentucky Mint Green ~~ Dry ~~

Number 2 shown, is Montana Sky Blue
This is a very pretty POP of blue, it reminds me of my Great Grandmothers embroidery, her hand made Hungarian crafting, table clothes, tapestries. I see it as " Hungarian Blue"  the little blue flowers with the yellow centers.
Montana Sky Blue ~~ Dry ~

The lighter shade of Blue threads in this piece of Hungarian Tapestry - You can see how it enhances all colors as an accent.

I love that the Blue has an Old World about it, that it can be used with every color or stand alone by itself. The Beauty of CeCe's Paints there is no Under " Tone" screaming at you, as a side affect, yes affect not effect. They are all clear color, meant to be as they say they are.  If you have ever had to choose a White, you know what I mean. Where it be in paint, a turtleneck, or a drapery, nothing worse than getting it home to say, It's not white! It's yellow, its off white, it looks pink, it looks green ... same with blacks, there are green, brown, blue toned blacks etc.. no fear here !! Thank you CeCe. Posting more tomorrow - will have all the  colors displayed  :) including my new ones just received. 


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I am being stared at

Time for me to end my blogging for the night 

Say Goodnight Dewey

Will have to create more Art - then I will post again ..till then " Be Colorful"

New Colors of CeCe out ~ yay

Okay I snatched these from another site, I don't think they will mind the advertising

We are not affliated by any means - we are both " Bungalows" but not related - Not. 
I do not want create any confusion. I have had online conversation with Bungalow 47 and they are the most Helpful ever ! - have a question drop them a line.
All the dealers in Michigan are " Tops" 
Or go to your nearest dealer per the CeCe Website:

The New colors can be found at the Bungalow link above - the New colors that I simply adore ~ soon to get my hands on. Must order first.. these colors " just" came out.

Kentucky Mint Green  - Gah I love it

Johnston Daffodil  - How Beautious is this " soft butter yellow"

Have you ever seen a Double Daffodil?

the paint colors remind me of them 
they are breathtaking in person

Muted Rainbow

Playing with the Maine Harbor Blue, Kissimmee Orange and Vintage White 

If you mix Kissimmee Orange with a dab of Maine Harbor Blue with a dab of VW - 
Your on your way to Purple 

I too was able to make a Chocolate Brown as you can see at the bottom - and I have no brown.

The Yellow hue you see is Omaha Ochre and Cottonwood Sienna
The orange is Kissimee :) 
I do have " New Orleans Purple" by CeCe Caldwell too. It is dry brushed ever so slightly. 

The Purple is amazing, it mixed with a dab of Maine Harbor Blue makes a Yummy Blackberry Smokey Blues Berry. The board above is just for fun, wanting to show you how diverse this paint truly is. You can manipulate it with your fingers - Fingerpaint with it. 

To find a seller near you:

Finger Painting

More tips on creating colors

My attempt of creating a Peacock palatte 

My brush used was a little to thick to get into the nooks of the inlay~ bummer, oh well
this is practice not perfect 

Colors used: CeCe Caldwell Vintage White, CeCe Caldwell Young Kansas Wheat, CeCe Caldwell Maine Harbor Blue & I did use three other additionals which were " tads and drips" till I created " my wanted" result 

The Additives 

For less than 10.00 - a little drip will change, enhance, add - create a new color

The products you see: Utrecht Artist's Fluid Acrylics - I have used Golden Brand too
To the left is " Yellow Green Light" to the right is " Aquamarine" 
The Tube, far right, is Liquitex heavy body Arcrylic in " Bright Aqua Green" 

I did not mix the additives into the CeCe base. I did it by layer, adding each color over the wet base - time to create the Peacock exterior: less than 10 mins.  I guess you would call it dry brushing, extremely fast. Whisking, and re loading the brush, with very little color. I use paper plates or my home made pallette of wood. Pour small amount, load your brush and whisk away. 

1. Liquitex Bright Aqua Green   2. Utrecht Aquamarine   3. Utrecht Yellow Green Light

Under each marked with " VW" is CeCe Caldwell Vintage White dragged thru as an overlay, while the base still wet with a Pallatte knife.

You can see it doesn't take much " Tads is all" to " alter" the paints I used as " tints" - either way it is this simple. Simple as 1. 2. 3.  Even if you do not have a color in mind at the begining and are playing with mixing, your eye will direct you along the way... we all favor certain colors. Its when we get it right that the " giggles" start ... WOW I did this all by myself. 

I am not a paint professional, I am but a color addict, and the new line of CeCe is right up my alley. 

To make the Drift Wood Effect I used: Vintage White, Young Kansas Wheat, Cottonwood Sienna, and Pittsburgh Gray last. I have put them in order of amount used, Vintage white being the " most" the Cottonwood Sienna and Pittsburgh Gray was literally toothpick like streaks in the end. There is Green underneath, what I call my Driftwood Finish, this where the glow of coca cola glass comes from. There is No Green added to this Driftwood finish before, during or after - the Green is simply is the first base color, dried. I did take the Vintage white first with a brush, went up and down and then used a clean cotton rag to rub it down, then I began layering - dry brushing technique of the CeCe colors.

The Green I created all by itself, was not using CeCe - Nope. I used White Gesso and
two Green tints - My next buy from CeCe is " Kentucky Mint Green " Then I won't have to make my own " green"  - not that it will stop me from tinting, washing and streaking :)

You Can Do This ~ all you need is Paint and Imagination