Creating Contrast in a Journal Page

This new journal page was an interesting study in contrasts. While I started with a bright splash of cadmium yellow to cover the entire background, the somber mood and expression of the focal image served as a stark reminder of what is real versus what is wishful.

This page has cool and warm shades bumping along together in a way that works, rubbing shoulders, mingling in parts while staying discernibly aloof in others. The overall effect is very different from the first spread in this same journal.

I am asked often how I decide on my color schemes. I wish I had a more acceptable answer but the truth is that I don’t give color any thought. I grab what is closest and what my eye lands on, most days. Some days I close my eyes and pick some colors. I gravitate toward the bright hues of yellow one day and seem to pick out deep dark shades of blue the next.

It’s hard to explain what drives my color choices because, honestly, I don’t completely understand it myself. It’s part laziness, part curiosity. I would never know what certain colors would look like next to each other if I didn’t do it this way. And yes, it doesn’t always sing harmoniously but I almost always find that, during the journey of creation, something wildly unexpected catches my fancy and seems to bring it all together.

Let me share a secret with you: You don’t always have to know why you’re doing what you’re doing. You don’t always have to have the answers. It’s ok to just make subconscious choices and see what happens. It’s called leaning into your intuition and following your heart instead of trying to think of which particular rule you need to follow.

I allow the here and now to guide me with nary a thought. And this is what results. When I glued the watercolor portrait on the page, I had no idea what would emerge but I was curious to see the interplay of bright colors against dark ones.

There’s always a subliminal story in all my work…sometimes it’s easy to recognize while at other times it speaks to me after months of creating a piece. Regardless, all my work comes from my heart. It’s unique, it’s authentic and it’s rewarding.

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Tell me, how do you choose your colors?

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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Henriëtte
4 months ago

You forgot one thing in your last sentence: It’s stunning!!
I love the contrast in your page and all the things to look at.
Although I first thought while watching the video “wow! what a colour to start with”,
seeing the end result it’s not as bright as I thought it would be and I love it.
Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

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