BESPOKE COLOR SERIES | dark clay

Bespoke

adjective | be-spoke

: made to fit a particular person

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Have you been mixing up some fun new colors lately? This custom color series is going to wrap up with a fun challenge. I had a customer working on her son’s room. She wanted to use earth tones, and be inspired by some of his favorite things:

Hiking: earth colors such as browns, greens, and khakis
Clothing: his favorite sneakers, leather jacket, and hiking boots

We decided to come up with a color that would represent a dark clay color, or like a good pair of dark brown leather boots, this color was inspired by:
shoe inspirationI started with a base of Dried Lavendar (I know, you are thinking, what??! just hang with me!)
clay1 Do you remember how I mentioned in the intro post to add the dominant color last? This is to get the undertones right- and then add the dominant color last- this way you are not over using lighter colors to lighten the dark color.
So with this principal in mind- I then added the brown: 1 part Curio
clay2 I added .5 more of Curio, wanted it just a bit darker.
The blue in dried lavender with the red in the curio give us just a slight dark purple undertone.
ADU-46 copy To counteract this- I added 1 part of MS yellow. This tones down the purple and gives more of a brown hue.. slightly lighter than curio by itself.
clay4 That was just what it needed to make it look like a dark earthy clay color!
clay5 The ratios for this color are
2 parts Dried Lavendar
1.5 Parts Curio
1 part MS yellow
clay6 I hope you have enjoyed this post series as much as I have! I just love that the possibilities are endless with this awesome milk paint line! Please share your favorite recipes with us as well!!! We just might feature it here!

BESPOKE COLOR SERIES | icy blue

Bespoke

adjective | be-spoke

: made to fit a particular person

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Welcome back to the custom color Series!  This post is to introduce you to the first custom color: an icy pale Blue.  This color was inspired this summer while laying by the pool. I love how the water evokes feelings of summer time, cool and refreshing. This color is also a great way to show you how adding a small amount of color to a white base can get you a perfect muted color.

 

The Colors in this mix are: custom color: icy blue Grainsack and Eulalie’s Sky

Each Mix I started with 2 tablespoons of paint- to 2 tablespoons of water. So the “parts” in this recipe are going to be tablespoons.

The Base: custom color: icy blue I added just one part Eulalie’s Sky to my mixed Grain Sack: custom color: icy blue Mixed it completely: custom color: icy blue And evaluated my color: custom color: icy blue I loved how this was very pale- and just the slightest tint of aqua, so I kept my ratio 2 parts grain sack to 1 part eulalie’s sky. If you want more blue- just keep adding 1/2 or 1 parts of the Eulalie’s.

MIXING COLORS

Bespoke

adjective | be-spoke

: made to fit a particular person

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If you haven’t tried mixing up some of your favorite MMSMP colors yet, or if the thought of playing mixologist is intimidating to you, we have some inspirational pieces that will wet your creative appetite!

The possibilities are endless, so enjoy some of Abbe’s favorite combos, and then start playing with your own custom combinations!

Mixing Gray:

Use Ironstone, Linen, or Grain Sack as your base, adding in Typewriter to achieve your desired level of Gray.

This body of the dresser was painted with equal parts Ironstone and Typewriter, and the drawers are a mix of Shutter gray over Ironstone.

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Smokey Charcoal gray was created as well on this fun dinette sett accented with Mustard Seed Yellow and Ironstone.All Dolled Up Fu-0021 web

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Mixing Blues:
Robin’s Egg Blue was created using 2 parts Shutter Gray and 1 part Kitchen Scale. This vintage wardrobe looks lovely in this soft/blue/gray/green combination!

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The soft sheen was built up by using hemp oil, with a buffing cloth in between coats. A total of 2 coats of hemp oil were applied.

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Another blue combination is…

1.5 parts of Grain Sack to 1 part of French Enamel to make a French Blue that is just slightly lighter than the beloved blue in the line.

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And a slightly paler blue…

3 parts Shutter Gray 1 part Ironstone 1 part French Enamel, topped with white wax:

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And a blue-green combo that teal lovers will crave…

Equal parts French Enamel to Lucketts Green. On this piece- towards the end of the project- the milk paint that settled on the bottom of the jar was a tad lighter- so I did a quick dry brush of it over the entire piece- to give it some dimension- the layers of green and blue are so rich and inviting!

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 Are you ready to start mixing yet? Don’t forget to share your favorite combinations with us on our FACEBOOK page!If you haven’t tried mixing up some of your favorite MMSMP colors yet, or if the thought of playing mixologist is intimidating to you, we have some inspirational pieces that will wet your creative appetite!

The possibilities are endless, so enjoy some of Abbe’s favorite combos, and then start playing with your own custom combinations!

Watch this video if you’re new to mixing milk paint…