I mentioned I was thinking of painting a dresser with MMS Flow Blue. But, turns out the color wasn’t quite what I was expecting.
First, let me show you my inspiration. The cover of the latest Pottery Barn catalog.
Nice, right? Love those indigo blues. Obviously there are many different hues of indigo on this cover, but are you like me? You imagine a particular color in your head, and that’s the one you want. The dresser I’m painting next is calling out for a rich indigo. Not too dark, not too light.
I thought Flow Blue was what I wanted, but it’s not. I have also worked with MMS’s Artissimo. It might work for this piece, but it’s just a little darker than I want. So, I thought perhaps a mix of the two might be just right. I decided an experiment was in order, so I pulled out the paints and did some mixing.
In this picture you are seeing Flow Blue on the left, Artissimo at the bottom, and a mix of the two at the top. I find that you don’t really get a good feel for the colors by just adding the water and mixing. So I pulled out an old piece of wood and painted each color on. I ended up doing about 5 coats because the wood was very porous and just drank up the paint.
Here is the board with the wet paint.
Since adding the hemp oil tends to really deepen the color, once the board was dry I sanded it lightly and added the oil. Here are my final results.
After all of this, now I think perhaps Artissimo was what I wanted all along. Or perhaps something like a 75/25 mix. It was fun to play with the colors, and I think I have a better feel for them now. I’ll probably look at my board in a couple of different lighting situations before I make up my mind what color to chose. Stay tuned to see how the dresser turns out.