Ladybug Layouts Weekend Retreat

2011 Retreat Dates

June 3-5 (CANCELLED due to location issues)
October 21-23, December 2-4 (BOTH CANCELLED due to family committments)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Today's Tip: Mixing Patterned Paper

  • Mix different size patters together - such as a one large pattern with a few smaller patterns.
  • Use consistent patterns with different colors
  • Use patterns with similarities other than color
  • Use a solid piece of card stock to pull together several patterns using the same color.
  • Use patterns with subtle similarities
  • Use patterns with the main colors within the same color family
  • Try thinking of it as an outfit (for someone who will wear patterns)
  • Put all your patterns on your desk beside each other, step back and squint. If something sticks out like a sore thumb, remove that pattern and look again
  • If you have a pattern you want to use, but it doesn't quite match, try changing it with chalks, inks, or laying vellum over to tone it down
  • When using bright patterns, if you like them together, but something just isn't quite right - try "inking" the edges white. It will soften the colors and give it a more unified look.
  • Try using texture patterns in different shades of one color instead, such as using three pieces of  different shades of pink with all different textures

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