640 Tubes—Color Dumping: A Contest WINNER!

January 2, 2009

Note: Profile Friday will appear Saturday this week because of logistics.

Congratulations to Betty Ann Dalton from Nova Scotia! Betty Ann won the drawing for the Color Dumping Contest I started on December 9 to celebrate two months of daily posting since I had started my blog, and to move Project 640 Tubes along.

The small handmade (by me) journal that was advertised as the prize in this contest is already on its way to Betty Ann.

I want to take a moment to thank all the folks that entered. Sadly some folks only sent partial entries and didn't respond to my emails urging them to complete their entries.

On the other hand, several people seem to have given great thought to the contest and came up with innovative and exciting solutions to the problem Diane Graham faces: which color should she dump from the current gouache line up to make room for PB60?

I will be sending Diane Graham a note outlining the various strategies suggested, but I would like to share three responses with all of you, because I found them wonderful in one way or another. 

Betty Ann's entry was particularly appealing to me. We are mentally in sync. She suggested that Cadmium Red Light be dumped because that color can be adequately mixed with other available cadmiums (red, orange, yellow, and yellow light).

To accommodate the change alphabetically the PB60 could assume the moniker "Constant Blue" or if it has to be "ca", "Cabot Blue," after John Cabot's dark ocean blue…kind of a heritage name.

I love that— "a heritage name"!

Joanie Springer saw the opportunity to dump what is obviously her least favorite color.

Viridian—Replace, because greens are better mixed, and the variety of greens is complete as is, and personally, I don't know why, but Viridian is a color that viscerally effects me…in the negative. Seems quite strange and idiosyncratic…but it's too bright, too loud. And let me state here that I am a keen fan of Green. All kinds of green.

She suggested: Virtual Midnite (or Midnight), Veritable Midnite, Virtuous Deep Blue, Voluptuous Blue.

Joanie, I totally understand how you feel about Viridian; and I love the names you came up up with for PB60 because they speak to how I feel about it.

Another entrant who came up with some impeccable logic to my mind, was Jana Bouc. She wrote:

Dump Payne's Gray, which M. Graham makes by mixing Bone/Ivory (PBk9) black and Ultramarine Blue (PB29). Gray is so much prettier when mixed using complementary colors like Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna than just adding black to blue.

I couldn't agree more with that position. Everyone knows how I feel about Malamute gray, achieved by mixing PB60 and Burnt Sienna.

Jana went on to suggest that simply by calling the new paint "PB60 Blue (Indanthrone)" it would fit perfectly in the vacated spot.

Those are just a few exciting ways to go. Thank you all for proving to me that when creative artist types get together they can find their way around any dilemma, including an alphabetical one!

Let's hope that Diane Graham is amenable to the changes I pass on (I had to edit out some of the funny, but sadly not suitable suggestions).

If you are a gouache user please take a moment to write to Art Graham at: Tell him Roz says "Hi." Also tell him that you support "Project 640 Tubes," and would like to see PB60 in his gouache line.

Keep the dream alive folks; spread the word.

  1. Reply


    I’m so excited to find your new blog and to see you posting so frequently. You are an amazing source of wisdom on so many topics. Your enthusiasm and amazing energy are overwhelming. I usually have to take a nap after visiting.

    I wanted to let you know that I just wrote to M Graham and added my voice to your crusade for PB60.

    I wish I lived closer to MN so I could take one of your binding classes. I continue to muddle through binding new sketchbooks every 6 months or so and I know that one of your classes would make it much easier. You should come to a class at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts.

    Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasms so generously.

    Bill Sharp

  2. Reply

    I finally looked back to read about the winning post and found my little contribution highlighted too. Thanks Roz! I finally got my M. Graham gouache and tried it out today. You were so right: it’s wonderful and a whole different creature from the W&N! I’m linking to you from today’s post. If you have any suggestions for good gouache painting technique, I’d love to know. Thanks! Jana

    • Roz
    • January 18, 2009

    thanks Jana, I will be writing about painting with gouache off and on forever (because of on-going projects and my love of it). I hope that some of the upcoming posts will answer some questions for people on how to use it. Diving in and mixing and getting a feel for the paint is always a first thing for me in any medium. The many happy accidents along the way provide useful techniques for later.

    Have fun with it and enjoy the paint. Most painters using gouache mix it with water to a consistency of cream. I use it that way, thinned out more (because of the brands I use, they can take it) and of course, heavy applications. If you are doing the last, be sure to use a stable, non-bendable support such as watercolor board, or 300 lb. watercolor paper, or board, so it doesn’t bend and gasp—crack.

    Have fun.


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