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CAS-ual Fridays Challenge-One Layer Wonder and Getting Comfortable With Color

Hello Everyone!

I'm back today with a card for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge-One Layer Wonder.  I decided to bring in my colored pencils again for this project since I've been having a lot of fun using them.  

I used the Beanstalks stamp set along with my Prismacolor Pencils on a card measuring 4.25" squared.  I've been liking this size lately for CAS cards.  This design would make a great card set too. 

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Trying a new color medium like my pencils got me thinking about learning about color in general.  I've been cardmaking for awhile--self-taught from classes, blogs, etc.  My main focus has always been using design principles to get that "pleasing to the eye" look on my cards.   I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of that part.   It's when I get to the part of having to choose colors that my creative process slows down.  Color concepts have been more difficult for me for some reason.   I usually look to color inspiration challenges or my Pinterest Board for ideas. This year, I've decided I really want to become more comfortable with understanding the Color Wheel.  I'd love to be able to pull together colors effortlessly for my projects without relying on a reference all the time.    

 I've had this color wheel for a long time,  and just recently decided to pick it up and start learning.  It's actually pretty easy to use.  For example, on today's card, I used the analogous colors--green, blue and blue-violet.  

Color wheel

A great book that I've been reading is Dina Wakley's Art Journal Freedom.  Chapter 6 covers all the basics on using the Color Wheel and what color combos work the best together. This book has also inspired me to start art journaling which I think will help with being more creative with color.  I'm interested to see how my projects change over time as I learn more.

 

 How did you learn about color concepts?  Do you use the Color Wheel to help you?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

Thanks for joining me today!

 

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