Friday, December 22, 2017

playing with colours

Hi lovely Copic friends.

In my last post for 2017 I would like to tell you something about colours and the way I play with them.

But let me start with the colourwheel. The three basic colours are red, yellow and blue (AKA the primary colours). With those three colours you can make all the other colours. Isn't that fabulous? 
But there are a few things you need to know. Colours opposite of each other in the colourwheel will make mud. You can't blend those colours together. We call them complimentary colours. 
Complimentary colours are:
Blue and Orange
Red and Green
Violet and Yellow

If you blend these colours together you will get a dull boring colour. But be careful, red and green make mud, but so does orange and green or pink and green, because there is the red in both orange and pink. 

There are two groups; warm and cool colours. The cool colours are yellow (think Y02,YG00), green and blue.
The warm colours are yellow (think Y15), orange and red. So if you want to be on the safe side choose colours from either the warm or the cold group. Violet is a special colour, it goes well with the blues, but not with green and yellow. And it goes well with the reds but not with yellow and orange. 

BUT (there is a big but here), complimentary colours make each other pop. Think of a green meadow with red poppies, that really looks amazingly pretty. And here starts the playing with colours.

For today I have made a tag and coloured two girls (Cats & Girls line by Studio Light). I gave one girl warm colours and the other cool colours and look what happens.....

Here I have chosen some of the colours from the background to colour my image. The result is a harmonious, the colours of the image fit the background perfectly. 

The same here. The colours in the background are harmonious with the image. 

But what would happen if we switch the images.
I just told you that when you blend complimentary colours you will be making mud, but complimentary colours will make each other look brighter as well. 

The blue and purple are complimentary with the yellow and orange. The image looks brighter this way. 

But the other way around, the image looks so much brighter this way and she really pops out of the page, don't you think so too? 

Here is the same image with the two different backgrounds so you can see the effect of playing with colours.

Here the other images with their backgrounds.

I hope you like my post and maybe you are a little tempted to play with colours now too, can't wait to see your creations.......

Used colours are:
skintones: E50, 51, 00, 000, 0000, BV00, W1, 3
blue dress: B12, 14, 16, 18
purple hair: V04, 12,15, 17
blue apron: BG01, 05, 07, 09
pink dress: RV02, 04, 06, 09
orange hair: Y17, YR15, 16, 18, E08
yellow apron: Y13, 15, 17 YR04

I wish you all happy holidays and a wonderful and colourful 2018.



Etty de Graaf said...

Prachtig Miranda.

Mies said...

Wat een goede uitleg Miranda, bedankt

Sue said...

Miranda this is a fabulous project, thank