Today I'm up on Lindy's Gang blog to give you some tips on how to pick colors when working on a vintage project. It's well known that I like to create vintage layouts as I have the chance to use some of my beautiful family photos.
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Well, I will say that the first color you should consider is BROWN. The easiest to have a nice vintage brown is tea or coffee. But sometimes you want to add more than just brown, and it is where you will definitely need the Moon Shadow Mist, they all have this beautiful brown undertone with shiny and colorful mica.
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Of course, even if your photo is black and white or sepia, you can add all the colors you want. I prefer to use cold colors for men's layouts such as blue, green or teal,...
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... and warm colors for women's layouts like pink, orange or yellow. The secret is to keep the colors soft. It is not just because you add brown that your layout will have a vintage look, all your colors need to be faded to make this work.
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But what if it's a couple or a group? Should I use cold or warm colors? Well, then I will let the paper colors guide me. If the paper color is neutral, I will look at the general atmosphere of the photo to help make a decision.
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Sometimes you might decide that you will stick to different shades of brown and just add some white.
Sometimes you had the chance to have known the person enough to know her/his favorite color!
And sometimes, you just need to follow your instincts...
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I hope you have enjoyed hearing all my secrets for creating beautiful vintage themed layouts and how to pick the perfect colors to match!