|'Spring Comes to the Mountains' 5.5 x 7.5 pastel on Pastelmat ©Karen Margulis|
Perhaps if I had made color swatches or charts of each new pastel I acquired I might have better luck funding a replacement. But I didn't always take time to make charts and the ones I made I can't find. Lesson learned.
|Making a Color Chart|
When my latest set arrived I was happy to see a blank color chart inside the box. I got a great deal on this set of Great American Plein air set of 60 half sticks. I was anxious to try them but I made myself wait until I had a chance to fill in the color chart. The chart is now safely kept on my pastel shelf. And I was thrilled to discover some very close matches for my illusive colors! So at least now I will be able to replace them when needed.
I don't usually worry so much about matching exact colors. So I never really saw the need for a color chart. I was happy to find something close. If I was low on a color I just asked myself what it was close to....was it warm or cool? Was it dark, medium or light? Intense or greyed? This system works pretty well and it kept my palette from always looking the exact same.
This approach is still the best way to replace pastels for me. But sometimes we just have certain colors that we really love. There may be colors that are close....but we still feel we need the exact match. Taking the time to make a color chart is worth the effort to help you avoid the frustration of a search for a long lost favorite!
|'Down by the River' 5x7 pastel on Uart|
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