Color Theory: Monochromatic and Analogous Colors

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A lot of us know, or at least think we know, what a monochromatic color scheme is. Monochromatic color designs make use of a single color that varies in lightness and saturation. This type of color “combination,” if you will, is easy to achieve with some of our favorite Close To My Heart products. Take our two-toned Bashful cardstock, for example. We have Bashful on one side and light Bashful on the other. Because they are two tones of the same color, when used together they are considered monochromatic. Second generation stamping, where you stamp an image a second time without applying more ink to get a lighter image, is another way to play with monochromatic colors in your art.

 

 

Sometimes, a piece of artwork that we may think is monochromatic is actually following an analogous scheme, which is just a fancy way of saying that the featured colors are next to each other on the color wheel. One color is typically dominant while neighboring colors are used to enhance the design. In our example layout above, we make use of both monochromatic and analogous colors.

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If we visit our CTMH color wheel, you can see that the four colors we used throughout our layout, Bashful, Pixie, Blossom, and Raspberry, are all adjacent to each other. (As a reminder, we have our Pretty in Pink sale going on through the end of the month where you can find products in these colors at a discount!) This layout would’ve worked in much the same way with Sapphire, Pacifica, Crystal Blue, and Peacock.

The ideas that we discuss in this series of posts are what really matter—not the technical names or scientific reasons why they all work. The end goal is to know how to, time and time again, choose colors that will work well together as you create beautiful art worthy of preserving your memories.

So, here’s what you need from this post for your color scheme toolbox: when you’re choosing colors for your artwork, start at the color wheel. Pick a dominant color and then look at the colors around it. Make use of these colors with your papers, inks, Complements, and accessories and you can’t go wrong! 🙂

For more color combination ideas revisit last month’s color theory post:
Complementary Colors and How to Use Them


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ What I Love About My Home Layout
C1709 My Acrylix® Chelsea Gardens—Cardmaking Stamp Set, D1728 My Acrylix® What Matters Most Stamp Set, B1572 My Acrylix® Banner Love Stamp Set, A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, D1733 My Acrylix® Splash of Color Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, Z5973 Blossom Cardstock, X5974 Raspberry Cardstock, Z3360 Bashful Glitter Paper, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3388 Picture My Life™ Cards—The Story Begins (Baby Girl), X7227C Make Waves Complements, Z3369 Bashful Pearls, Z3381 Heart Clips, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

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Rainbows & Pots of Gold

When you think “St. Patrick’s Day,” chances are you think about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In the spirit of this Irish holiday, today’s post features gold and rainbow-colored artwork along with tips on how to create both monochromatic artwork and artwork that uses all the colors in the rainbow!

Learn how to create beautiful monochromatic and rainbow-colored scrapbook pages on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #paperaddict #craft #stpatricksday #goldglitter

Gold is the perfect color for this little princess—just look at that adorable crown! The key to pulling off a monochromatic color theme is using lots of variety in the other elements. For example, even though this page uses almost exclusively gold, the variety of shapes and products make it anything but plain: The solid gold glitter paper contrasts the fine details of the embossed stamp images, gold sequins, and gold glitter hearts. The white and gold bow from the Basics Fundamentals assortment also adds a bit of dimension to the page.

Learn how to create beautiful monochromatic and rainbow-colored scrapbook pages on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #paperaddict #craft #stpatricksday #goldglitter

This card follows the same principles: It uses a variety of shapes and products that all fit into the same color family. Glitter paper, gold embossed stamping, and white & gold ribbon are the perfect trio! (If you recognize those gem stamp images on the page and card, that’s because they’re from the My Acrylix® Diamonds Are Forever stamp set Sticky Boy highlighted a few posts back when he was talking about Stampaganza—if you haven’t gotten it yet, right now is the best time because for every two stamp sets you purchase, you get one free!)

On the other side of the spectrum, how about incorporating all the colors of the rainbow?

Learn how to create beautiful monochromatic and rainbow-colored scrapbook pages on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #paperaddict #craft #stpatricksday #goldglitter

The Penelope paper packet is an obvious starting place—it’s springtime colors make the perfect companion to a rainbow color scheme. We used this paper packet for the base page and for many of the strips in the rainbow stretching across the page.

Here’s how to incorporate lots of colors into your artwork without going all Willy Wonka: Keep your rainbows controlled and well defined. You can see that our rainbows are in two controlled areas of the page: the rainbow strips behind the title and the rainbow embellishing extending diagonally across the page. Having the rest of the page be more subtle helps to mellow out the rainbow so it’s not too overwhelming.

Learn how to create beautiful monochromatic and rainbow-colored scrapbook pages on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #paperaddict #craft #stpatricksday #goldglitter

This fun rainbow card featured in our Annual Inspirations idea book shows off another way to get a shimmering rainbow look: using shimmer trim of course! This card is very colorful, but the neutral White Daisy cardstock that lays over the sparkly rainbow trim keeps the colors at bay so the card is composed and intentional.

We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day filled with smiles, laughter, and no pinches! And we hope you enjoy trying out these two approaches yourself.

Which one are you most excited to try? 🙂 Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Shine Bright Page
C1629 My Acrylix® Diamonds Are Forever, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment—Gold, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
¾” Shift <Font> “SHINE BRIGHT”

5 ½” X 4 ¼” You’re One of a Kind Card
C1629 My Acrylix® Diamonds Are Forever, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 Versamark™ Ink Pad, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z2088 Gold Embossing Powder

12″ x 12″ Hello World Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 7
D1574 My Acrylix® Take Note (comes with Cricut® Artbooking collection), X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1246 Hollyhock Cardstock, 1243 Goldrush Cardstock, X5668 Honey Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2128 Hollyhock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1934 Flamingo Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3123 Enamel & Glitter Duos Green Triangles, Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots, Z3124 Enamel & Glitter Duos Purple Hearts, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
2 ½” <HeloWrld> (p. 84)

Artistry
3 ¾” Shape <e> (p. 13)

5½” x 4¼” Don’t Dull Your Sparkle Card
C1629 My Acrylix® Diamonds Are Forever, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim, Z3088 Coral Shimmer Trim, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z3087 Green Shimmer Trim, Z3086 Aqua Shimmer Trim, Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim, Z3025 Blue Shimmer Trim, Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim, Z1986 Pink Shimmer Trim, Z3129 Gold Foil Tape, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
4 ¼” x 5¼” Background (p. 18, created in Cricut® Design Space)

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