In our last
article we talked about basic color concepts. We've decided to take that
a little deeper to give you a more thorough description of color theory.
Why? Because scrapbook pages are pieces of artwork. They are not just
any art, though; they carry great meaning to us. The way you use color
on a layout can make it ok, good, or GREAT! Sometimes our color choices
are affected by our emotions. Other times we just simply like the way
they look together. There is nothing wrong with either of these choices!
You can choose colors just because you like them. However, learning the
basics of color theory can help you determine what colors match, and what
your color choices say about your photographs.
The color wheel
can be a great tool to help you boost your color confidence. (This will
carry over, not only to scrapbook pages, but to interior decorating, fashion
choices, and many other parts of our lives.)
A Basic Color Wheel Chart.
©Mouse Memories, 2008.
There are six
basic colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Red, yellow,
and blue are considered "Primary Colors" because they are the
base colors for all other colors. When two primary colors are mixed together,
the result is called a "Secondary Color". Orange, green and
purple are "Secondary Colors."
Here are some
descriptions of how each of these basic colors tend to make us feel:
"Demands attention". If you use red on a layout, the eye will
be naturally drawn to it. Be sure this is used where you want your focal
point to be.
"Reminds us of fall". Orange is not as strong as red, but
still demands attention.
Yellow "Usually makes us feel happy and cheery".
Green "Is a natural color that causes feelings of serenity."
Blue "is also a natural color." It is calming and peaceful.
Many spas are decorated with various calming hues of blue.
Purple "Is considered to be a royal color, but can also evoke feelings
of youth or creativity."
As you look
at the color wheel, you will note that the primary colors of red, yellow,
and blue are located in a triangular pattern. Secondary colors are located
between the primary colors they are made up of. For example, purple is
between red and blue. If you look at the lines that are drawn between
the primary colors you can see the various mixes of the primary colors
that allow for the mixing of, quite literally, every color of the rainbow.
are bright, energetic, and fun so they are often used for layouts featuring
children and childhood. Secondary colors have a more complex feel to them,
since they are mixes of the other colors, and so they tend to be more
also be broken up into other categories of warm, cool, and neutral:
Colors: These are colors like reds ,
and oranges .
They create a warm feeling, reminding us subconsciously of fire and
warmth from the sun.
Colors: These are colors like blues ,
and purples .
They create a cool feeling, reminding us of water and the outdoors.
Colors: These are usually not found on color wheels, but are
colors like browns
which are a mix of all three of the primary colors and grays
which are a mix of black and white. Browns and grays are called earth
tones. They don't contrast with anything and are often considered dull.
Here are some
more terms and color descriptions:
Colors: These are made by mixing one primary color and one secondary
color together. Because of this, they are virtually unlimited.
here is now a classic blue and classic green can be mixed to create a
Colors: These are color combinations like red and green or blue
and orange. Notice that these colors are directly opposite from each other
on the color wheel. Just because they are called complementary colors,
though, does not necessarily mean they look good together. When used together,
they create a very strong contrast. For example, on a green leafed plant,
a red flower definitely stands out. They can be useful to make things
stand out if that is the desired response. Note how Red and Green are
complementary and are often considered "Christmas Colors" (along
with gold and silver). Blue and Orange are also complementary. Many successful
pages featuring Disney's Goofy are based on this color scheme.
Colors: These are colors combinations like blue and green, and
can be found right next to each other on the color wheel. There is little
contrast between two analogous colors. They match well, though, and are
great for calm designs or comfortable layouts.
As you plan
your next layout take a little extra time to think about the colors you'll
use and the feelings you want to create for the viewer as they see your
completed masterpiece. You'll find that a little extra planning and thought
can make a world of difference!
Next time we
are planning to provide some information on the sticky topic of Adhesives.
Of course, you want your photos and other page elements to be properly
affixed to your layout and we'll tell you what products are available
and what works well for different situations and applications based on