When I was a girl I fell in love.
I was coloring a page with ocean waters in my coloring book. Instead of using one blue for the sea, I decided to try a mix of blue with aqua. That successful experiment taught me the power of harmonious color schemes. It taught me my favorite way to use color. I’ve been in love with this kind of color palette ever since.
Two kinds of color variety that will harmonize your pages:
- Monochromatic: a mix of lighter and darker or warmer and cooler versions of the same color.
- Analogous: a mix of two or three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.
Here are 3 delicious products I’ve been using lately because they give me a perfect amount of subtle color changes, creating a harmonious feeling of movement and flow…
1. A Product to Harmonize Your Title
Amy Tangerine’s Transparent Letter Stickers from the Yes, Please Collection: Each color comes in two tones, and the transparent quality helps them to blend with your background better, too.
How to use it to get harmony: Use both the light and the dark version within your title, like I did with light letters for “Monsoon” and dark letters for “Season.”
Don’t mix it up though, meaning don’t mix light and dark every other letter, or with light popping up sporadically between dark letters. For the flowing harmonious movement we’re talking about, you want the color changes to graduate subtly. Start with one version of the color for part of the way, then finish with the other version.
2. A Product to Harmonize Your Patterns and Embellishments
Amy Tangerine’s entire Rise and Shine Collection: The collection as a whole has lots of different colors around the wheel, but within that collection are patterned papers that wrote the harmonious color schemes playbook with their mixes of tones or analogous hues. And then there is the Transparent Sticker sheet that is my favorite collection of stickers of all time. The image in the link does not show the vibrancy of color that it actually is. You can see it a little more by the doodled “sunset” I added between “AZ” and “Monsoon” in the layout image above.
How to use it: For a super harmonious layout, pick from the papers an analogous color scheme of 2-3 colors as your dominant palette. Then if you want, just add touches of an accent color that is from somewhere else on the color wheel.
And don’t forget the epoxy stickers, one of which I used below…
3. A Product to Harmonize Your Stamping
Ombre Ink Pads by Hero Arts: These gorgeous ombre inks blend analogous colors for you!
I’m just waiting for them to come up with Orchid to Purple. Oh, hey…I just came up with it for them! Wouldn’t that be a gorgeous addition to these harmonious beauties?
How to use it: Be sure to rotate your stamp a little as you pounce it into the ink so you the different colors blend. Otherwise you’ll have a line between each one.
You can see the Butter to Orange in the sun rays above (I added a bit of Scattered Straw yellow to the bottom) and on this cute fox below, with just a little bit of line between the yellow and yellow-orange. Oops, don’t forget to rotate that stamp sightly as you pounce!
And now you have one key to creating harmony on your layouts!
Get Even More Harmonious
There are other ways to get harmony and unity in your pages. I’m doing a whole class presentation on this called, “Scrapbookers, Unite!” at the upcoming True Scrap event, hosted by Lain Ehmann. For the next few days you can get a $120 discount off the sales price. Here’s how:
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