I have found that there are so many people who find fear in choosing color. I have never been afraid to try color and different combinations and I link that back to lots of art classes in school. However, my Mom has a true fear of deciding on color. Oddly enough this fear is not in all situations, mostly just in paint! Although we hear that “paint isn’t permanent” and to “not be afraid of it because we can change it” we still have to be able to change it if we make a mistake in our choice and that can be difficult. Let’s say you pay someone to paint a room in your home and then you do not like the color you chose, there is a big expense to change it. Maybe you are able to paint a room yourself and then you don’t like it, it’s still a major undertaking to change the color. So, can I help you with this colorful challenge? Maybe!
As I searched trending craft techniques, lately I have found that color is really taking off. There are many folks using rainbow colors to achieve eye-popping cards, scrapbook layouts and more. Some are sticking to monochromatic schemes and achieving the same results. I took a moment to think of what Mom would do if she were faced with having to nail down a color scheme for an art project and I came up with a solution that will make that easy.
If you are a “Pinterest Pinner” you will surely have seen the color combo chart posts that are going around. These are genius! It makes finding colors that work together so easy. Gone are the days of picking up 43 paint samples at the store and folding them precariously to match colors side by side in hopes of liking a combo. The work has been done for you! I have created a board called “Hues to Use” that can help you in your search as well.
As in the example photo at the top of the page. With these combos you are able to not only see color swatches that blend beautifully but you can also see them in a “real life” situation. The photo can transport you to the location that has displayed the colors expertly, allowing you to decide if any or all of the colors would be right for you. Thank you to the wonderful artist that create these combos for us!!
Take this idea to your crafting world. Many paper manufacturers do this same thing for us in “Paper Packs.” Manufacturers take the time to not only include eye-catching designer papers but you many times find coordinating papers all bound together in one package.
If you are a person that likes to buy papers from the rack, as I like to call it. You know what I mean, those “open stock” papers that are very reasonably priced and available in multiples for your projects. If you are that crafter then you know that it can be difficult to get your colors combined.
In the video below I will walk you through the process of making your own paper packs and opening up a new world for your color combos at home.
I truly hope you find this useful, leave a comment and let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Stay tuned for more “On Trend” topics this week as we will explore “repeat performances” next.