If you’re pondering your next painting or series, this is a great time to consider an Easter palette.
While many of us still have many weeks of snow, sleet, shovels and overcoats with which to contend, it will lighten your outlook to lay out a palette of cheery pastels to remind yourself that spring is just around the corner.
If your tabouret is filled with hues from standard artist paint manufacturers, your Easter palette will probably have a big dollop of white paint to lighten your dark pigments into the pastels that are popular for Easter and springtime paintings. However, if you’ve added some of the home crafter’s paint tubes and jars, you may save yourself a lot of color blending. Companies like Plaid Folk Art Paints and Craft Smart Acrylic Color Paints produce pastel paints that are ready to paint straight out of the tube.
Crafters’ Ready-To-Paint Pastels
Let’s take a look at some of these awesome Easter Colors…
Apple Orchard is a vibrant, bright green that works for spring grasses and foliage. Its slight yellow cast gives it a warmer look than greens that lean toward blue in the spectrum. This color doesn’t turn gray and is a bright spot of vibrancy to keep things hopping in your pastel painting.
Blue Mist is a cool, pale blue that has neither purple or green undertones. Use it for the petals of forget-me-nots and clear, cloudless skies. This truly cold blue is great as a counterpoint to orange and other warm shades.
Buttercream is just a warm and fuzzy color. If it was a blanket, you’d want to cuddle up under it. Baby chicks and buttercups are sure to use a dose of this color, as it has no green undertone to give it that sickly, chartreuse glow.
Georgia Peach is as light as a peach sorbet. It’s not bright or vibrant, so it’s perfect to add warmth without making a jarring statement. Slip it in with other yellows to create a meadow of spring blooms that fade into a warm spring sunset.
This lovely turquoise is faintly green-tinged without a hint of purple. It works well for bird eggs, moist skies and romantic seaside coves. It’s also a perfect color for an “It’s A Boy” commemorative painting or plaque.
Light Lavender is a rich, mellow shade that’s just the right color for blending into a color-rich sunset or to portray the local color of a springtime lilac bush in full bloom. The blue-tinged hue makes for a rich counterpoint next to pink and white flowers and works well as a base for light shadowing.
The rich pink of Rose Pearl is sure to grab attention wherever you place it in your painting. Its strong, but pale color lacks any orange or blue, so use it as a base to create a wide array of pinks (bunny ears) when blended with either color.
Bayberry is a subtle light green with just a hint of yellow. Tender spring leaves emerging from twigs and beaconing meadows in bucolic landscapes are prime subject matter for this peaceful color.
This rosy hue is a pastel jewel-like tone that is fanciful and fun. It’s a little too colorful to be called a pastel, but used in the right place and in the right amount, it’s a color that will be a popular color in your springtime paintings for accents and highlights.
Spring is time for fun and fancy, so don’t turn up your artistic nose at crafter’s brand paints. You may not include them in your next masterpiece, but then again, every painting you produce may not be destined for a museum. Add a few pots of crafter’s paints and Plaid Folk Art Paints to your tabouret, and have some fun with the unique and inexpensive colors these companies produce.