Friday, January 23, 2015

The measure of color

Hello friends!

It's me, Jelissa,  on the 13@rts blog today. I have a layout and some tips to share with you, and I've tried to do a few different things after a friend challenged me to go out of my comfort zone.

So what I did differently was to use bright colors instead of my usual mixture of neutral and cool colors. I've used a neutral beige as my base (because it helps to balance your colors and lets your eyes rest from all the excitement), orange and salmon as my secondary colors, and yellow as an accent. This is a general rule I use to decide how much of each color I want to have on my project - 

1) one main color (dominant color - beige)
2) 1 to 2 secondary colors (for movement and mood - orange, salmon)
3) 1 accent color (something to highlight and give it a pop - yellow)

And I use them usually in this proportion, with "Gallon" being the most and "Dollop" being the least:

"Gallon" (dominant color) -> "Quart" (secondary color 1) -> "Pint" (secondary color 2) ->
"Dollop" (accent color)

I also deliberately used a black and white photo to make the colors I have more outstanding, and I didn't count the black I used in my stamping and splatters as a color per se. 

Most of my secondary colors are in the background elements, while my accent color is used in places to highlight my elements eg. photo mat to lead your eyes to the photo of my cute little boy and his long eye lashes, and the balancing cluster with the frame and the pale yellow chrysanthemum.

Another fun thing I tried out was using the Silver Glitter paint as an adhesive. I put small drops of it where I wanted my dew drops and put them on. The result is a beautiful glittery effect inside the plain looking dew drops.

So that's all I have for this month, hope you find the tips on using color useful!



  1. This looks beautiful! Thanks for your tips on color too!

  2. Stunning layout Jelissa, love it. What you are talking about here at the beginning of your post is called "The Rule of Colour" & interior decorators, colourists etc etc use it. It is sometimes also referred to as 60, 30, 10. I teach this in my classes all the time. 60% main colour, 30% contrast & 10% accent. It naturally doesn't have to be exact like you said, this is approximate of course, but I always teach my students that the 10% is the most important part. Naturally rules are made to be broken but it is a really good guide as your wonderful layout is testament too.

  3. Heehee! LOOOVE the 'quantity' neat an image is that..... just don't do it in the science lab or the cookery class, eh? Works beautifully on your page - that yellow is PERFECTION......I want to see you use BRIGHT LIME GREEN!! Now THAT would be a challenge!!! ANyways....the glitter paint - great touch & my fave bit is the title. Says it all:):)

  4. WOW! this is beautiful Jelissa, I love those colours and the quart, pint thingy is a fabulous way to explain it all - makes perfect sense to me. Such a cute photo too. Love this one.

  5. Beautiful! Love the idea of using glitter as glue.


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