Altenew: In the Mood For Color

Color is a power which directly influences the soul –  Wassily Kandinsky

What’s Your Mood?

The Altenew Academy class “In The Mood For Color” offered some ideas on how colors reflect an emotion or state of mind – for example green: calming, soothing or red: full of energy and passion. Well, we’ve just come through a 10 day stretch of gloomy skies and rain here in California – quite atypical for our usually glorious May. I was definitely in the mood for some sunshine and decided that yellow was the color my soul needed.

But I was also curious about the impact of different colors themes on the mood of a single card design so I created the same design in 3 ways to satisfy my curiosity, and maybe yours as well. All 3 cards used the same design elements (stamps, die, stencil, layout, and sentiment)  but paper and color choices varied. For one card I used Prismacolor Pencils as the primary coloring medium; for the other two I used Altenew inks accented with Prismacolor Pencils.

With the help of my Misti I created 3 identical card bases one using Toner Gray paper and two with my usual Neenah 80 lb. Solar White paper. I choose the Toner Grey after a recent video I’d seen and was interested to test drive the paper with Prismacolor Pencils. I knew I had settled on a yellow theme but what better color to test out differences in mood than yellow’s opposite on color wheel, purple.

The basic card design for each was to have the flower spray placed in the lower right-hand corner. After coloring the image, a soft background that started behind the floral image and faded towards the center was created in a complimentary color with either pencil or ink blending. A lightly stenciled crosshatch image in gray was added to finish grounding the floral spray. This added texture and interest to the overall design. A simple banner with the “Thankful” sentiment completes the card.

While theses cards might trigger a different emotional response in you than in me, I think you’ll agree each card evokes a different mood. The yellow on white design couldn’t be sunnier or more cheerful. The yellow on Toner Gray version still conveys happiness but feels subtle, more like an end of summer day. For me, the purple color way is definitely quieter, almost introspective.

Sunny Yellow:

Stamps: Altenew: Dainty Sprig
Dies: My Favorite Things: Pierced  (ret.)
Ink: Altenew: Permanent Black; Flowers: Sunday, Chamomile, Snapdragon; Background: Morning Mist
Paper: Neenah Crest: Solar White 80lb.; Scrap: Yellow, Yellow Sparkle
Other: Holtz Alcohol Blending Pen filled with Gamsol; My Favorite Things: Crosshatch Stencil; Picket Fence Blending Brushes; Custom colored Enamel Dots; Fun Foam
Prismacolor Pencils: Flowers: Sunburst Yellow – PC917, Spanish Orange – PC1003; Leaves: Beige Mastic – PC1083, 30% Cool Gray – PC1061, 70% Cool Gray – PC 1065; Background: Yellow Ochre – PC942

Subtle Yellow:

Stamps: Altenew: Dainty Sprig
Dies: My Favorite Things: Pierced Fishtails (ret.)
Ink: Altenew: Permanent Black; Background: Evening Gray
Paper: Neenah Crest: Solar White 80lb.; Scrap: Yellow, Yellow Sparkle
Other:  Holtz Alcohol Blending Pen filled with Gamsol; My Favorite Things: Crosshatch Stencil; Picket Fence Blending Brushes; Custom colored Enamel Dots; Fun Foam
Prismacolor Pencils: Flowers; Creme – PC914, Deco Yellow – PC1011, Sunburst Yellow – PC917, Spanish Orange – PC1003 ; Leaves: Beige Mastic – PC1083, 30% Cool Gray – PC1061, 70% Cool Gray – PC1065; Background: Yellow Ochre – PC 942

Thoughtful Purple:

Stamps: Altenew: Dainty Sprig
Dies: My Favorite Things: Pierced Fishtales (ret.)
Ink: Altenew: Permanent Black; Flowers: Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultraviolet, Forest Glades; Background: Morning Frost, Wisteria
Paper: Neenah Crest: Solar White 80lb.; Scrap: Lavender, Lavender Sparkle
Other: Holtz Alcohol Blending Pen filled with Gamsol; My Favorite Things: Crosshatch Stencil; Picket Fence Blending Brushes; Purple Haze Dots; Fun Foam
Prismacolor Pencils: Flowers; Violet – PC932, Mulberry – PC995; Leaves: Beige Mastic – PC1083, 30% Cool Gray – PC1061, 70% Cool Gray – PC 1065

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    Does make a lot of difference by changing papers doesnt it? The look is quite different and uniquely beautiful in its own way for each card. I like the subtle stenciling in the background, very nice touch. Beautifully done Deb!
    Thank you for entering your gorgeous work to the AECP gallery.

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    • Deb Hurtig

      I made the Toner Grey version first and thought it was cheerful enough but the yellow on white had so much zing I changed my mind. The pencil also worked so well on Toner that I’ll definitely try this combination again. Thank you, Erum, for your input!

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    I love your write-up about colors and that you show the deep understanding and appreciation for them (who wouldn’t, right?) . I really like the three colorful versions with various card stock and the mood that you can project with the colors. Your execution and sense of style are fabulous, Deborah! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

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    • Deb Hurtig

      We all have a “go to” color pallet and mine doesn’t usually include yellow so it was fun to step out into the sunlight! 😉 Thank you for adding some sunshine to my day!

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