Choosing a colour palette for this muted watercolour floral handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2018/03/watercoloured-wreath-picking-a-colour-palette/

I thought today I’d share my recent experiences of thinking more about the colour palette I use on a card. I must admit that as often as not I reach for a favourite colour and just start and then halfway through I get stuck as to what other colours to use. I find this, often when colouring a multi flower arrangement, where I start with a favourite pinky peach colour and then get a bit stumped further along. So for this card using the beautiful Friendly Florals set from Neat & Tangled I purposely set out at the beginning to choose my colours carefully before I actually started. In the end, I created a colour swatch with the colours I planned to use to help me stay on plan. I suggest keeping a Pinterest board of colour combinations you find inspiring and then you’ve always got a wealth of possibilities when you sit down to create. Here’s my Pinterest Colour board. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.

Choosing a colour palette for this muted watercolour floral handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2018/03/watercoloured-wreath-picking-a-colour-palette/

So with a colour scheme in mind, I sat down to make this card. I stamped a range of images from the Friendly Florals set in Antique Linen Distress Ink on Arches Cold Pressed watercolour card and then used Daniel Smith watercolours to paint. I used dilute mixes of colours to give the muted colour scheme I was after and to ensure the colours went well together I used a few of the same colours in the mixes. So for the blue flowers, I used Ultramarine Blue mixed with Sepia, but I also used Sepia when mixing with Undersea Green for the leaves. I used Undersea Green again with Quinacridone Violet to dull down the purple mixture a little. For the large pinky peach flowers I used Quinacridone Rose with a touch of Quinacridone Gold but equally for the rich yellow flowers I used the same two paints but this time more Quinacridone Gold than Quinacridone Rose.

I’ve had a number of enquiries about the brushes I like to use. Recently I splurged on a set of Escoda travel brushes (see supply thumbnails for more options) which I am in love with! This set did not come cheap but I watercolour a lot and I count these brushes as an investment. You can get the brushes individually, for the size to paint on cards I would recommend a size 4 and a size 2. At a better price point but also ones I really like are the Princeton brushes, I have size 1, size 3 and size 6 as well as a couple of bigger brushes for when painting a larger canvas.

After I finished painting, I used a Faber Castell pencil and a white gel pen to add details to the flower centres.

Choosing a colour palette for this muted watercolour floral handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2018/03/watercoloured-wreath-picking-a-colour-palette/

For the sentiment, I stamped a greeting from the No Words set in Clear Embossing Ink, sprinkled with Antique Gold embossing powder and heat set. I also stamped a coordinating sentiment from the No Words set on Slate card and white heat embossed before trimming to a banner and adding with foam adhesive below the gold embossed sentiment. I mounted the finished panel on a Desert Storm card base and accented with Pretty In Pink sequins.

Choosing a colour palette for this muted watercolour floral handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2018/03/watercoloured-wreath-picking-a-colour-palette/

I’m certainly going to keep creating swatches, be it watercolour or any other media, before starting a card, and I’m planning on keeping the swatches too for future reference.

SUPPLIES

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or shop icon to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my affiliate and product disclosure here. I genuinely appreciate your support.

Neat and Tangled FRIENDLY FLORALS
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Neat and Tangled NO WORDS
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Neat and Tangled PRETTY IN PINK Sequins
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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SSS Daniel Smith Debby’s Set…
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Daniel Smith ULTRAMARINE BLUE 5ML…
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Daniel Smith SEPIA 5ML Extra Fine…
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Daniel Smith UNDERSEA GREEN 5ML Extra…
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Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE ROSE 5ML…
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Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE GOLD 5ML…
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Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE VIOLET 5ML…
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Arches COLD PRESSED WATERCOLOR PAD…
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Escoda 1240 Reserva Travel Brush Set…
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USA Escoda Reserva Travel Brush size 4
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Escoda Reserva Travel Brush Size 2
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Princeton Heritage 4050R Size 1
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Princeton Heritage 4050R Size 3
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Princeton Series 4050 Size 6 Brush
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER…
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER…
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Neenah DESERT STORM 100lb Card
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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Faber Castell Polychromos
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T’Gaal Angle Adjustable Pencil…
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Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE UM-153
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T-004 Spellbinders Tool and…
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MINI MISTI
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MAGNETIC BLOCK FOR MISTI
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MINI MISTI Grid Paper Pad
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Tonic Studios 6 x 12 INCH GUILLOTINE
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3M DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE
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Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring Board
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SSS SMALL TEFLON BONE FOLDER
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SSS LARGE GRID PAPER Pad
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Ranger MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Glue
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SSS Clear Embossing Ink
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EK Success POWDER TOOL
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
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SSS COFFEE FILTERS
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Set of 6 Spice Shakers
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Choosing a colour palette for this muted watercolour floral handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2018/03/watercoloured-wreath-picking-a-colour-palette/

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