Monday, June 11, 2012

Spectrum Noir Color Confidence (series)

If you came here from my YouTube channel looking for Spectrum Noir color charts and other resources, you've come to the right place!

Download the blank SN color chart from the Crafter's Companion website, or visit the .pdf file here.

To save time when coloring a project, I created color tags with the numbers of the blended colors on them.  This way I can easily find the colors in various color groups that blend well for that just-right color I'm looking for.  This saves a lot of time, and helps me avoid some of the combos that don't blend as well as others.
Example of the tags I made in several color ways. Several (brick, dress) are from the CC video ft. Lee Ann Chivers.  Others (lemon) are my own ideas.
CG1 actually works like a blender pen with the CG4 although they are in the same color group.
When there are fewer pens in the color group, its best to blend with as many colors as possible for the best finish.  There are only 4 Citrus Green pens.
There are 11 pens in the Coral range and I found they all blended wonderfully.  You could even skip some colors in order to get a richer, deeper color, but opening up fewer pens.

Here are some of my favorite color combos.

(Sorry for the gray-scale - I'm still learning photography tips and tricks to get the most accurate color.)

I'm still 24 pens shy of the total 168 that are available.  I'm missing the "Darks" set.  But if you'll notice, I use shades of gray to increase the color's intensity.

For a complete look at gaining color confidence with the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, check out my videos.

Videos:  Color Confidence Series

 Spectrum Noir, Color Confidence pt 1


Peggy said...

Wow, you put a lot into putting together these blends. I just ordered some markers and can't wait to play. I will definitely be referencing back to your blog for information.
God bless,

marcelle b said...

Thank you so much!!!!

Dottie said...

I am in the process of completing a set of the S.Noir pens so I am very appreciative to have found your site. What a remarkable job you did in blending the colors together. I had thought that if you kept the colors in numerical order the blending would be perfect. But, I can see I was wrong and need to reference your charts to get it right! So, thank you for all the work you did. I will be coming back.

Debra said...

I really appreciate this! Super helpful! I have just started with these markers

Nita said...

I just saw your videos and am very happy with your information. I have the spectrum noir dvd you mention and although it is very helpful, your videos and blog are even more helpful. I thank you very much. Anita

Kaylee Snyder said...

Thank you so much for sharing your blends. This will help my coloring so much!

Tricia said...

Just completed my 168 pen set and have been working with them since Christmas.. Thank you for the wonderful blog and tutorial videos. I am still learning the ins and outs of the pens and their colours and am eager to put a set of tags together like you have done. That I think will be my goal for today. Thank you so much!

janicefj said...

Thank you so much for all your hard work. I have 8 sets of 6 and thought there were only 3 more sets (essentials, cool and warm grays) but I just read there are tons more - 168 altogether! I am going to have to research them further, I see. I am so glad you shared your blending combinations. It will be very helpful!

Cultivate Life in Joy said...

Oh my are a blessing. Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together. I am just starting to learn the blending mode of using my Spectrum Noir Pens. BIg Texas Hugs, AntoinetteT

Susan LeFevre said...

Thanks so much! I am just beginning to color my stamps with the Spectrum Noir markers.

Happiness said...

Thank you so much for this! I'm just starting out using these pens and I am a complete beginner at finding the right colors to blend together. The color combinations that you have displayed here are a BIG help. :)

Cre8iv1 said...

I've been playing with my new Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and I have a lot more to learn. Thank you for putting this together. I'll have to reference this a lot while I learn. :-)

Wiebine said...

thank you so much for sharing these video's. I'm still learning. I have the Spectrum noir Illustrator markers, but there are 3, that doesn't go on the colourcard. BO3 Amber, AB3 Carribean and GY3 gold. Are they on another colourcard?