It was the Wednesday before spring break, and Michelle and I were in a paint store after school.
Michelle: “Let’s go see the mis-tint paints.”
Michelle asked the manager of the store (who was on the job at the time) to lead us behind the counters to go see the miss-tint options. He left us to pick and choose paints.
Nicole: “So, I thought about painting the base colour grey, but since some parts of my mural need a white background, I was thinking that I could paint the entire wall white first, and then only paint parts I need grey. The grey sections will be for places where I need to blend paint.”
Michelle: “Yes, that makes a lot of sense.”
Michelle picked up a bucket that had was an “off” white with a grey undertone. It was a beautiful shade of white that had the lightest (almost invisible) grey tint. The only problem was, was that it was only about one quarter full.
Nicole: “Do you think that’ll be enough paint?”
Michelle: “Of course. Do you see those tiny buckets of paint over there? *she points to a shelf stacked with 900 ml buckets of paint* I’ve painted a whole wall with just one of those buckets, so if you apply the paint evenly, it’ll definitely be enough.”
Nicole: “Oh ok. I’ll also be needing some black paint, but I don’t see any in this pile.”
Michelle picked up a bucket of dark grey paint.
Michelle: “I understand, but I think that you should use this grey. It’s really dark, so it’ll bring and the right impression, but it won’t be as harsh. And if you really need black paint for details, you can use regular acrylic paint from the craft store. You’ll also save money.”
Nicole: “That actually sounds really great. It’ll be easier to create textures too. I was planning on just mixing up some black paint with a bit of white, but this will just be a whole ton easier.”
Michelle: “Also, if you mixed up the paints and ran out, there’s a big chance that you’ll get a different shade, and that wouldn’t be the best out come for your project.”
We spent some more time looking through mis-tints and picked up a small 900 ml bottle of the two accents colours I want featured in my mural; a dark, burgundy red and a navy blue. When it came time to purchase the paints, we bought six buckets of paint for twenty-five dollars, which was so great.
The beginning of this conversation relates to the Black hat (critical thinking and judgement information). I did this by making a compromise between my past idea and my current idea. I still thought that painting thin layers of paint over grey rather than white would be ideal. However, I also knew that some parts in the painting would need a white background rather than a grey. Later, I used my Red hat to question the amount of white paint in the bucket. I had a feeling that there wouldn’t be enough paint to cover the whole wall, however I asked Michelle and she assured me that if I painted correctly, everything would work out fine. Finally, I used my Yellow hat to see Michelle’s points on using the dark grey rather than buying a black. I understood that a black colour would be extremely harsh, and it would also work our better in the long run, since I won’t have to keep remixing paint and getting the wrong tones. The end price was also cheaper, so there overall was a lot of benefits!
This conversation helped progress even further into this great journey. It’ll not only benefit this project specifically, but it’ll also benefit future art projects.