- Find a chest to upcycle with close fitting drawers (as above).
- Paint the frame with a dark shade of Chalk Paint™ – we chose Graphite.
- Choose two complementary colours for the bottom and top drawers – we chose Chalk Paint™ in Greek Blue for the bottom and Chalk Paint™ in Barcelona Orange for the top.
- Starting with the bottom drawer make gradual colour graduations using two colours.
- For the bottom drawer – we used Greek Blue on its own, for the next drawer up we mixed a
- small amount of Barcelona Orange in with Greek Blue, and so on, finishing with Barcelona Orange on its own for the top drawer.
- Starting with the bottom drawer make gradual colour gradations using those two colours.
“What can I say about avant garde artist Paul Klee except he really knocks my socks off!”
I love Paul Klee’s explorative understanding of colour and on seeing Greetings and Separation in the Evening I just thought ‘wouldn’t these translate into a lovely chest of drawers?’ These quite tiny watercolour studies (both painted in 1922 for his students) explore how complementary colours work together (Klee was a great teacher at the Bauhaus).
* Paul Klee (1879-1940) was a German water colourist, painter and etcher of fantastic works, mostly small in scale; one of the most inventive artists of the 20th century.
I was really struck by Greeting (above) in which Klee paints shutter-like bands of graduated colour across a page while differently coloured arrows flow up and down to meet (and greet?) As an exercise in using complementary colours, what I found interesting was the way in which he starts with orange at the bottom and ends with gluey-grey at the top. In between there is no colour, just white.”