Color swatching is a tool of the trade that is highly underrated…. and so is color mixing. I started a sketchbook last year of nothing but color swatches of all my pens, markers, paints, inks etc. and it has been a game changer for me when I do projects. (I even did my nail polish!)
But color mixing? There are even more possibilities than you know when you mix your mediums.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
I designed a printable chart just for this project (see the download link below). You will need a PDF reader to open this file. I’m only going to demonstrate with the two pages pictured above but I will explain the rest of the pages at the end of this post. Print these two pages on a moderately heavy WHITE paper such as card stock, mixed media paper or watercolor paper.
I also have a video tutorial linked down below to my YouTube channel with a short demonstration of how to mix and swatch the mediums being used.
I have designed this chart in order to color swatch all 10 current stencil butter colors
- TCW9065 Fuchsia Stencil Butter
- TCW9069 Crimson Stencil Butter
- TCW9068 Marigold Stencil Butter
- TCW9067 Gamboge Stencil Butter
- TCW9061 Chartreuse Stencil Butter
- TCW9062 Lime Green Stencil Butter
- TCW9070 Terre Verte Stencil Butter
- TCW9064 Turquoise Stencil Butter
- TCW9063 Ocean Blue Stencil Butter
- TCW9066 Orchid Stencil Butter
along with 10 different modeling paste colors.
- TCW9005 White Modeling Paste
- TCW9040 White Pearl Modeling Paste
- TCW9026 Champagne Gold Modeling Paste
- TCW9037 Grecian Gold Modeling Paste
- TCW9038 Antique Gold Modeling Paste
- TCW9039 Copper Penny Modeling Paste
- TCW9041 Platinum Modeling Paste
- TCW9042 Sterling Silver Modeling Paste
- TCW9033 Marcasite Silver Modeling Paste
- TCW9009 Black Modeling Paste
The first blank horizontal row is for swatching the stencil butters straight from the jar. Feel free to do this row with a paint brush if you wish.
In order to mix the modeling paste with the stencil butters, I used a sheet of palette paper to mix on because its easier to use (and clean up) than a regular mixing palette or glass mat. An added bonus is that at the end of session I will have a big piece of paper that I can use as a background or collage fodder for another project.
Don’t have any palette paper? Use a sheet of wax paper or a craft mat.
I placed very small dots of TCW9065 Fuchsia Stencil Butter onto the palette paper in a column of 10 dots. For each of those dots, I placed an equal amount (1:1 ratio) of modeling paste coordinating with the chart onto of those dots. You do not need a lot- the squares are a little bigger than one inch space.
Mix each pair combination of butter and paste with a palette knife and then swatch the mixture onto the coordinating block. Repeat this process until one column is complete.
You will know that the combination is completely mixed when you see neither colors of the paste or the butter- there should be a completely new color.
*When mixing with black modeling paste, use the smallest amount as possible. The black is very overpowering and can drown out the color of the stencil butter.
Complete the same process of mixing butter and paste down the column until the page is complete.
Any leftover paste or butter can be swiped on a blank sheet of paper (picture on the left) and used for another project.
Remember to wipe your palette knife CLEAN before scooping out a different color of paste or butter.
Here is a closeup photo of the first swatched page.
Complete the same process for the second page of swatches.
Here is a closeup photo of the second swatched page.
Here are all the colors swatched together side by side. Check out all the variety of metallic mixes just from mixing a few colors!
I also included two pages of stencil butter charts if you choose to mix the stencil butters with other mediums such as acrylic, crayons, watercolor, texture pastes or even the stencil butters themselves.
The page on the left is a mixing chart for the TCW modeling pastes that you can mix whatever medium you want…
The right side is just a blank chart for whatever you want to fill out and mix or swatch for yourself…
Hang them on your wall or store them in a binder—- however you choose to swatch!
Renae Davis, The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member