- Colour Prompts + Sidekick
- Colour Inspir-action
- How to make and use your own colour catalogue
- A guide to creating your ideal colour palette
- Journaling in monochrome
- Painting With Tissue Paper
- Finding Inspiration in the Process
- Using colour with more confidence
- How to give your figures colourful hair
- How to experiment with unfamiliar colours
- Colour symbolism around the world
- Paper marbling with Ink
- A guide to mixing your own colours
- Expressing yourself through colour
Expressing yourself through colour
Welcome to the Season of Colour! Vanessa here to usher you in to this Season. As is always the case when we start a new theme, I need to find a way in. I need to figure out my approach to the new Season and this one is no exception. I thought we could do an exercise together. Let’s check in with ourselves; let’s see where we are right now. How do we feel? Are we in a good place or a bad one? Are we full of bile or full of light? Are we on fire or are dark waters churning inside? For this first tutorial of the Season, I would like us to use colour to illustrate our inner landscape, the emotions that fill us right now. Think about which colours speak to you, which ones translate the emotions you are feeling right now. You can take a look at this post on Colour Psychology by Julia to get some ideas. Take a few moments to sit in silence and think of this.
As for me, I would like to show you how I go about this exercise using the Tarot as colour inspiration.
Now that we have seen a few examples of how I go about finding colour schemes that work for me, let’s make a spread. You are free to use the medium of your choice for this, be it collage, acrylics or watercolours like I am using. The important thing is that you focus on what the colours mean to you right now.
I hope this tutorial helps you see colour and colours schemes in a new way and adds to your arsenal of symbolism and techniques. My page turned out full of colour, very busy with dark brooding elements. And that is because this is what was churning inside me when I made this. The collage elements complete the page. If you have taken the Totems class, you know that the crown is personal symbol related to the Queen archetype…and in my case also a symbol of my pride.
Here are a few links I mentioned in the video. The Totems class where we explore archetypes, the Tarot, elemental symbolism and colour. Elly’s 100 Days of Colour Meditation and We Are All Artists cards. If you want more information on my Tarot decks, just write me a direct message. I am looking forward to wandering through your inner landscapes!
Vanessa is an archaeologist and an artist. She oscillates between these two poles of her personality and explores the many iterations of her reality in her art journal. She loves to share her art and process with others.