Yes, I am a huge fan of bold and vibrant color, but not all pictures can stand up to a riot of color. Some pictures need a neutral palette, with perhaps a punch of color, to help us focus on the image and not be distracted by too much else going on in the layout. Because when all is said and done, scrapping is mostly about the pictures and the memories they convey.
This month’s Color Challenge is about using a neutral palette, with just a spark of color accent. Here is the challenge palette.
And just look at these pages created by out community of O-scrappers….indeed…
Neutral can be Beautiful!
This lovely page by timounette uses a predominantly yellow photo of lovely mimosa branches. Adding the same yellow color accents against the neutral background really focuses the color and draws the attention to the photo. And notice how the stripes add energy! Neutral but vibrant! Plus, we love the yellow “O”!
Neutral palettes in nature, especially in the winter, can be hauntingly beautiful, as in this page by Scrap-Genie. Notice how just a little bit of the complimentary purple color enlivens the page.
Neutrals convey warmth. I feel so much warmth in this page by Dumpty, yet notice the pictures are of very mechanical/industrial items. By keeping the color palette neutral, industrial is warm and beautiful!
Neutral color palettes are often perfect for vintage and heritage photos. This wonderful photo from tylertooo would look lost with too much color, but shines in this page of a neutral background with a tiny accent of blue.
Another example of a neutral color palette from nature, SharLamb’s birthday card uses the palette as accent borders, with a touch of neutral olive.
If you are feeling stumped by this month’s color challenge, think nature, vintage, heritage.
Then if all else fails, colorize your photo!
Here is a photo of Hagrid’s Hut at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The hut itself has wonderful gray/neutral tones, but the surrounding landscape on a bright sunny day is probably too bright to use this photo for the color challenge.
But I simply add a color adjustment layer and check the Colorize box, and I get this:
Now to add back in a little of the accent color from the pumpkin, I add a layer mask, and with a soft-edged round eraser, I erase the area of the pumpkin.
Now I am ready to take on the March Color Challenge!