Autumn Split Complementary

My inspiration for this card was the Online Card Class called Color Theory.ICT-participant

We learned about using the color wheel to choose color schemes for cards. Today’s lesson was on split complementary colors. If you look at a color wheel, a split complementary includes three colors.  The first can be any color on the color wheel, and then the two other colors are on either side of the first color’s complementary color.  Complementary colors are those that are directly across from each other.  The primary colors’ complements are:  Red and Green, Purple and Yellow, and Blue and Orange.

I decided to use the Kuretake Zig Clean Color brush markers.  These are watercolor markers that give a beautiful result.  Since this card is a fall card with leaves, I wanted to use red.  The complementary color of red is green.  To get a split complementary color scheme, I used the two colors on either side of green, which are the colors blue-green and yellow-green. My pack of markers didn’t have a blue-green, so I chose the color turquoise-green instead and really loved the results.   The mid-brown was a neutral to balance out the other colors.


I applied the red and mid-brown colors directly to my stamps, which was a Hero Arts set called Textured Leaves. Then, I spritz them with water and stamped them on cold press watercolor paper.  Once dry, I outlined them with a Sakura Glaze pen in clear ink in order to form a barrier around them so I could watercolor the turquoise-green on the background. Then I used the yellow-green marker to put dots all around the leaves.  When dry, I covered the dots with the Sakura Glaze pen. I adhered it to the right side of a card base and used the red marker to color the left edge of the card base.  Then I added a strip of watercolor paper colored with the mid-brown marker.  Check out the video below:


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