COLOUR SCHEME TIPS

Ug. Colour selection. Sometimes you just get stumped!! Some designs scream a colour theme and it all comes so easily and naturally… and then others it’s like pulling teeth. When I hit that wall I usually I take my inspiration from nature… a pretty flower (some of those tropical flowers come in beautiful colour combinations… check out a hibiscus, tulip or iris) or birds (hummingbirds? parrots?) are a great source of lovely colour combinations and themes.

Or have you ever been working on a piece and you like the colours but feel like it’s just not working? OMG I hit this point with pretty much every piece of art I create. It drives me crazy. Sometimes you can get a second opinion from a friend, but with my publishing schedule usually I just have to guts it out and find a solution right there and then. And one thing always works – remove some colours.

I don’t mean take all your colours out completely, I mean just take a few and make them tones or shades of other colours that are already in there. I find this is a great way to simplify the piece and bring it all into focus. Try bringing your colour palette down to 2 or 3 main colours (shades of each is allowed), and only 1 or 2 accent colours.

But when you reach the end of your rope yet you really really want to colour that particular design, I’ve made a collection here of 4 fun colour themes to jump start your imagination. Enjoy!

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