A lot of people are surprised when they see my work and discover they were not painted. They have a difficult time understanding how it can be done without involving paint whatsoever and so each week I will share with you how this is done through various techniques I use.
This is what the clay I work with looks like. They contain pure pigments and come in a variety of colors.
You can use these colors straight out of the package or mix your own. I have my own "recipe" book for my clay so when I mix a color I like, I will bake a sample and glue it onto my "recipe" cards for future reference when I want to make that exact color again. I have each recipe numbered -- on my card and my left-over mix stored in ziploc bags.
I create my color recipes by first making sheets of colored clays all in the same thickness. I use a pasta machine for this and I can adjust the settings to whatever thickness I want.
I then use a tool like a cookie cutter to cut out my pieces. For instance, recipe #12-3 calls for 2 parts Kato Ultra Blue and 1 part White. I cut out 2 circles in the blue and 1 circle in the white. When I mix those together, I end up with the exact color I want.
I can then do a blend of colors. For instance, I started with choosing my own mix of primary colors:
YELLOW (a nice golden yellow)
RED (I choose a magenta pink in this case)
BLUE (a turquoise shade)
For the project I was working on, I wanted a little more control over the secondary colors so I mixed up my own blends for those and now I have 6 colors that are all balanced.
I took a strip of each of those colors and placed them side by side (like in a rainbow) and ran them through my pasta machine several times and created this blend.
And this is what I created from the above blended colors.
If you have any questions about this, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will try to answer.