Follow Your Dreams – Using complementary colours

Hello crafty friends. I’m back with another card today that has so many of my favourite elements. I have flowers, watercolour, white outlines and a big bold black sentiment.

Painting with complementary colours can be tricky, because if you mix them, you’ll always get brown! And that is definitely NOT what I wanted today.

The first step for this card was to stamp the Altenew Paint-A-Flower Iris stamp in Versamark ink and emboss it with white embossing powder. I used Fabriano Artistico Watercolour Paper for this.

The watercolour painting was done in layers. The first layer was a light wash, which ignored the stamped image. I just wanted a loose background that would mirror the iris colours. I wet the whole panel, and then dropped in pale yellow and purple, making sure that they were in different areas, and would only just reach each other when they ran. Once the colours had ‘met in the middle’ I splashed in some more concentrated colour, include a little green, and heat set the panel. The splashes spread out and faded because they were splashed onto a wet panel.

Next I coloured the flowers. I used darker concentrations of the colours. While the background was a lemony yellow, when it came to the flower, I split this colour into a warmer yellow for the flowers and a mid green for the stems and leaves. Once again, I made sure that there was only enough water on the paper for the colours to just meet, but not blend too much, thus avoiding the brown. Then I got to splashing again, this time onto a dry panel. I used the same purple and green as the flowers and leaves for the splashes. This time they stayed very distinct because the panel was dry. I really like the combination of the two in the background.

The sentiment comes from the same Iris stamp set. I heat embossed this in white onto black card, then cut the left side at an angle. The whole panel was adhered to a dark grey card. The finishing touches are some enamel dots in Green Fields, and Pocketful of Sunshine colours, also from Altenew.

I hope you enjoyed having some irises in your day, and that you have been inspired to try some tricky colour combinations. If you’d like to see more of my cards, feel free to check out my Instagram feed here.

Until next time, stay safe my friends,

Blessings,

Donna

These are the supplies I used. You can click on the link to shop. Where available, I have used affiliate links, which means that I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. I’ve tried to link to companies in different countries, so you can save on postage costs. Thank you so much for your support.
Fabriano Artistico extra white watercolour block
Fabriano Artistico extra white watercolour block
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Daniel Smith Watercolour
Daniel Smith Watercolour
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder Fine Detail
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder Fine Detail
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SBC | HA
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
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Alltenew Paint-A-Flower Iris
Alltenew Paint-A-Flower Iris
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P&M | Alt

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