Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Love Watering & Basic Color Theory

As stampers, we realize that color choices can make a dramatic difference in the way our projects look. Sometimes it's difficult to select colors that go together well, which is where a color wheel can be helpful:

In 1666, Sir Isaac Newton performed a prism experiment that eventually led to the development of the first color wheel. As you can see, it's a circular diagram in which colors are arranged according to their chromatic relationship.

It can sound a little complicated, but basically it means that related colors are next to each other and complementary colors are opposite on the color wheel. By picking colors from specific parts of the color wheel, we can achieve harmonious combinations that will be pleasing to the eye.

Whether you're coloring a stamped image, painting a canvas, or decorating your home, it can be useful to understand how various "color schemes" can impact the appearance of your finished project. There are several online resources that explain further about color theory, such as the ones here, here, and here (this last version is my favorite).

For today's projects, Debbie Fisher chose to work with complementary colors in her cards featuring 2244G Love Watering. These shades of light blue and salmon contrast with each other to provide vibrancy, even though the colors are very soft:

With brighter colors, you can see how using complementary colors can really make the elements stand out:

Aside from the technical terms, I think these cards are just plain pretty! Hoping you have a colorful day, Inky friends. :-)


Shalady said...

Not only was this a post I liked, this was a post I NEEDED! :) Thanks for the great information!

Debbie said...

Beautiful cards! Love the bright colors too! Thanks for this!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Both of these are beautiful-such wonderful color choices