Colour my world
Magazines - Issue 03 (Oct 2007) (Public)
Monday, 01 October 2007 16:00

For quick referencing in choosing colours and hues you can head to the paint store for professional and up to date colour schemes. Paint swatches and brochures offer palettes in fun and colourful combos to spruce up your layouts. Here's how we are inspired by colour.

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Colour My Life by Jowilna Nolte (Styled Photo 1)
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Colour My Life by Jowilna Nolte (Page 1)

Colour My Life by Jowilna Nolte
This layout celebrates my most favourite colours in a playful manner. A selection of paint swatches stamped with some of my favourite stamps is teamed with a rainbow of flowers. It is perfect for me to use as an intro page of an album about myself.
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics. Swatches by Plascon. Flowers by Prima. Chipboard letters by Enmarc. Brads by Demi Products. Embellishments by KI Memories, Making Memories & 7Gypsies.

Leftover paint swatches from your previous home renevation are ideal tools for adding some colour to your home, but can also be use as inspiration for craft projects and funky colour combinations. We all have paint swatches lying around the house, so instead of throwing them away use them to their full potential as we did by creating a variety of projects.

Once you understand the basics of colour, the different combinations and how they fit into the bigger scheme of the universe you will be more confident to add loads of colour to your layouts. You may even find yourself experimenting with paint.

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Rainbow Concertina Album by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)

Rainbow Concertina Album by Jowilna Nolte
Paint swatches are the perfect sizes canvasses to create a colourful concertina mini-album. A ten minute project to brighten someone's day and perfect for using left-over product left on your desk. The swatches are attached by gaffer tape and then decorated.
Swatches by Plascon. Flowers by Prima. Stickers by 7Gypsies. Brads by Demi Products.

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Colour Brochure Example(Photo 1)
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Colour Brochure Example(Photo 2)

Plascon colour brochures are tools that help us choose colour combinations and hues professionally.

Quick colour combinations to copy and inspire:

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Complementary Colour Example (Photo 1)

Complementary Colours
These are found directly across from each other on the colour wheel. The secret to this colour scheme is to use one colour as a dominant and the other colour in small amounts as accents. One colour will be a warm colour and the other a cool colour. The colour used as the dominant colour will influence your layout to create a certain feel and effect.

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Triadic Colour Example (Photo 1)

Triadic Colours
A visual triangle is formed on the colour wheel and the colours are evenly spaced. This colour scheme offers loads of potential for colour combinations, but be careful to get the balance of the three colours just right. Add a neutral colour for good measure and you have a winning recipe. Depending on the intensity of the colours you use, a project may show powerful contrasts or soothing harmonies.

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Analogous Colour Example (Photo 1)

Analogous Colours
Simply select three colours that follow each other on the colour wheel. Pick one of the colours as your main ingredient, a second colour as a compliment and the third colour as an accent in small amounts. Determine the feel of your project by selecting your main colour very carefully.

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Monochromatic Colour Example (Photo 1)

Monochromatic Colours
A single colour (hue) is used but different tints and shades are combined together. To get the tint of a colour add white and to get a shade add black. In otherwords different shades of a colour is used throughout a single project. Pull out matching embellishments and ribbon for a spectacular effect in one colour but different shades.

You can use paint swatches to...
  • Create your own handmade colour wheel.
  • Matt index photos onto for instant colour.
  • Stamp onto and layer on cards.
  • Create a collage background.
  • Make flash cards for toddlers.
  • Design creative book marks.
  • Cut strips for frame borders.
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Paint Swatch Book Niki Zipp hosted a swap using paint swatches. (Photo 1)

Paint Swatch Book
Inspired by a project from a website, Niki Zipp hosted a swap using paint swatches. A collaboration of women across South Africa each stamped a collection of swatches and these were then swapped out and bound into a little booklet.

Tips for working with bold colours on your layouts
  • Select a colour from your photos you would like to enhance, then choose a basic colour recipe from a colour wheel to coordinate with your chosen colour.
  • Use one colour as your dominant colour and then add other colours in smaller proportions to your layout.
  • Pick a single contrasting colour to add accents to your layout.
  • Copy a colour scheme from a home decor magazine on your next layout.
  • Create a mood board for your layouts. Add paint swatches for colour, cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, embellishments and your photos. Once you are happy with the colours grab a sketch and create.

How to make your own gaffer tape

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Step 1
Choose the width of double sided tape that you want your strip to be and a patterned paper for your gaffer tape. Adhere the double sided tape to the back of the patterned paper. Cut the strips the width of the double sided tape.
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Step 2
Remove the backing off the double sided tape and lay flat onto your work surface. Add one paint swatch strip and then another against each other with about a 1mm gap in between. The gap between the two cards allows for it to fold.
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Step 3
Trim off the extra gaffer tape and fold your paint swatches in half. Here the gaffer tape is used to create and hold together a folded concertina mini-album made from paint swatches. You can also cover the back with patterned paper.
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Step 4
Combine several different coloured swatches together to create a colour swatch concertina mini-album. Turn around and decorate the front as desired. Use your left-over strips of paper, embellishments, ribbon and brads for a quick and easy project..

Step 1
Choose the width of double sided tape that you want your strip to be and a patterned paper for your gaffer tape. Adhere the double sided tape to the back of the patterned paper. Cut the strips the width of the double sided tape.

Step 2
Remove the backing off the double sided tape and lay flat onto your work surface. Add one paint swatch strip and then another against each other with about a 1mm gap in between. The gap between the two cards allows for it to fold.

Step 3
Trim off the extra gaffer tape and fold your paint swatches in half. Here the gaffer tape is used to create and hold together a folded concertina mini-album made from paint swatches. You can also cover the back with patterned paper.

Step 4
Combine several different coloured swatches together to create a colour swatch concertina mini-album. Turn around and decorate the front as desired. Use your left-over strips of paper, embellishments, ribbon and brads for a quick and easy project..

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Colour Swatch Usage Idea (Photo 1)

Imagine this...
Make a swatch book with paint swatches to keep in your purse for when you go shopping for cardstock. Match your favourite plain cardstock code and name to a paint colour for easy identification.

This article is an online reproduction of page 26-29 of imagine magazine issue 3 (October 2007) as released by Studio J Media. The original magazine can be ordered in printed form directly from them on their website. Information shared in this article is deemed correct at the time the original magazine was released and may have become outdated or products referred to unavailable. For the sake of reference the publish date of this online article on our site is the date the original publication was released and times are for internal sorting purposes only.