The Perfect Pink

Maybe you can see why I find selling decorative paint to be creatively appealing–I love colour mixing and working with colour (and pattern, texture, etc).  This afternoon I had some custom colour mixing to do, while in the boutique.

Good friend and artist Jacqueline Coates (try for more info on Jacqueline’s work)  is seeking the perfect vivid and deep pink colour for her Salon Rouge Gallery decor  (see for more detail).  If we can get it right, she may paint some of the gallery in Chalk Paint TM decorative paint by Annie Sloan, and source the paint from our boutique, Brocante in the Barossa.  She called in yesterday to pick up flowers at neighbouring Viva The Flower Store boutique (see for info) and looked at some of the colour charts I had.  None was EXACTLY right, yet.  But I agreed to work on mixing some colours today and paint up some swatches for her consideration this week.

Screen Shot 2013-03-25 at 1.15.59 PMHere is what I came up with.  Colours I mixed are Emperor’s Silk, a brilliant bright red.  Greek Blue, a clear blue, a bit on the cooler side (I am sure it has some magenta in it, just a teeny bit).  And Pure White, for a clear bright neutral white that has no yellow, blue, pink or grey in it.

I needed to knock back the Emperor’s Silk a bit, to bring things closer to the magenta side of the equation, instead of scarlet.  So I added a bit of Greek Blue.  It changed the character of Emperor’s Silk only slightly, but that is because Emperor’s Silk is very strong, and is not a shy character at all !  A bit of Pure White made things look more pink, but the colour was not deep and vivid as I thought Jacqueline is seeking.  So more Emperor’s Silk and more Greek Blue.  Much better.  Adding more Greek Blue pulled things towards (blue) violet.  More Emperor’s Silk pulled it back to magenta.  And adding more Pure White tinted it carnation pink.

I think it is possible the two dabs at the bottom are what she is after. I think the one on the left is about right, but it could be the one to its right, or a mix of those together.  We shall see !

This was definitely the fun bit of the afternoon !

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