It’s time for my monthly video feature over at Simon Says Stamp’s blog – Doodling With Debby. I have two cards I’m sharing that use simple striped backgrounds as the key feature. I think the important thing with backgrounds such as these is to get a cracking colour scheme to work with. I was browsing stripes on Pinterest the other day when I came across a sweater with an oatmeal background and bold stripes in mustard, black, terracotta and white. I continued browsing and came across multiple examples of similar jumpers all sporting lovely stripes but I did notice dusky pinks making an appearance too. So I set about using Winsor & Newton Permanent White Gouache along with the American Crafts/Paper Fashion gouache sets. I recently took a closer look at these gouache media and you’ll find that video on my blog and YouTube channel. I mixed a dusky pink, mustard, black, terracotta and oatmeal colours on a side plate as my palette and I love seeing these colours together. They reminded me of a lot of Instagram accounts I follow which are using these warm autumn tones in the homes and also from illustrators for branding. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
I hope you will pop over to Simon’s Blog to see the details and video :D
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I LOVE your video on how you did your cards, Debby! LOVE the little tips I saw/heard on your video too! The stripes are BEAUTIFUL! I think the colors look a little masculine, & fallish even with the light pink. One thing that might help get the Gouache out of the brush when you swish it in your water is a PAINT PUCK! You can find them on Dick Blick. They’re pretty cheap too! Watching you use the Gouache for awhile now, I think I am SOLD on it! LOL Me thinks it will be in my cart next order! ;)
Oh thanks for the tip Becky, off to check out what a paint puck is :D I hope you take the plunge on the gouache I’m really enjoying using it on it’s own but also combined with my usual watercolours :D
Love that you’ve brought us something completely different today. I absolutely adore your usual beautiful watercolour masterpieces, but it’s always good to try something new. These two backgrounds are strong and contemporary and would make for great male cards. I look forward to trying these techniques out. Thank you Debby.
So wonderful! I love the colors!!
These are so pretty! I love this idea =) I think this design could easily become a masculine theme by changing the colors just a bit; I’m thinking some blues and grays would be lovely. I am really loving that leaf die cut from Simon Says Stamp; I think it will be added to my stash very soon. Thank you so much for sharing and for such a detailed video. Have a lovely day!
These projects are just gorgeous!! I love the unexpected color combination and the contemporary look!! WOW! Watched the whole video and learned a few things.
Great cards Debby. I love the idea and the colours you used. My favorite is the one with the vertical stripes, so clever. You finished of the cards beautiful.
Thank you so much for showing and have a great weekend.
These are fantastic Debby, I love the colours. I think I am going to try my hand at these backgrounds (using various colours) for some masculine cards. Great ideas.
LOVE!!! I have to get some gouache and pretend I can paint! :)