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One-hued wonders: the beauty of monochromatic. 10 project ideas





I love using different shades, tones and tints of a single colour on my projects. Tints are achieved by adding white and shades and tones are achieved by adding a darker colour such as black or gray..When used in the right proportions, a monochromatic scheme can add depth and definition without detracting from the star colour. Here are 10 project ideas.

For-the-love-of-gold-monogram
For the love of gold
1. Go for gold. 

The base of this monogram was first painted silver, then topped with a gold glaze to give it more depth. The pearls were actually white with a yellowish tint but when set against the gold background, they looked gold.

Pretty-blue-tag
Pretty blue tag
2.  Baby blues.

The patterned paper base already had some light printed patterns so I created a little more interest by stamping some swirls in white ink. The lace was white but when set against the baby blue, it looked like really light blue.

Dream-big-6x6-canvas
Dream big mixed media canvas
3. Snow white.

The cool gray is a perfect backdrop to showcase the white and clear elements. The stamped swirls helped to guide the eye across the dimensional elements.

The-black-gift-box-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-The-Crafter's-Workshop
The black gift box
4. Black, silver and shiny.

The black box was given a little dimension with The Crafter's Workshop stencil and Liquitex black lava medium which dried shiny. The black and white washi tape at the edges gave the box a little more depth. A silver chipboard, black satin bloom and bing create an interesting textural cluster.

Be-brave-mixed-media-canvas
When elements appear to be unrelated

5. Shades of brown and cream.

Varying shades of brown and cream can look good together. The brown grounds the elements and the different textured elements help to guide the eye across the canvas.

Y-Decorated-black-monogram
The embellished black wood monogram
6. Play with textures.

If you intend to go dark, play with textures. There are 5 types of materials here - leather, lace, sequins, glass and metal. The leather is matte, the metal charm is shiny, the glass creates a reflective surface, the lace gives a soft, feminine touch and the sequins add drama.

For-the-love-of-purple
For the love of purple

7. The colour purple.

Given that purple is a mix of blue and red, there are so many tones you can play with. Here I only used one mist colour for the background and the gauze. The background looks much lighter because the modeling paste absorbed some of the colour. 
Black-and-white-mixed-media-canvas
Black and white mixed media canvas for LESSology
8. The contrast of black and white.

There are actually many shades of black and white you can play with without getting into gray territory.

The-story-about-the-blue-monogram
The story about the blue monogram
9. Aqua, silver and translucent elements.

The silver trim and embellishments help to ground the tone-on-tone elements.

Neutral-mixed-media-card
Making a statement out of neutrals

10. Yellow and cream.

This card base with residual mist was in my stash for a really long time because the colour was so baby poop-ish. Adding some modeling paste with a stencil proved to be a turning point because it toned down the colour and pointed me to the cream-coloured elements to complete my card.

There you have it. 10 monochromatic projects. Which one is your fave?


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13 comments:

lavina agarwal said...

Wow lovely collection. ..loved seeing them. .best I like is the white lacy card with pink and purple flowers!

Sindhu said...

Wow..beautiful collections...I love black and silver box ...

Lizzyc said...

These look marvellous! Love the colour combos you have put together! Thanks for the inspiration!

Sharon Fritchman said...

WOW, Yvonne! I feel like I am bursting with inspiration after reading and seeing your amazing monochromatic projects! Thank you so much for sharing these with all of us!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You always make colors even MORE BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

All of them are Awesome..the black ones are my favorite ! Textures are easily visibile on other colors but with black its different and you have achieved fabulous effect !

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, all absolutely stunning!! I love the details and designs of each one!! The brown and cream canvas is amazing!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Dr Sonia S V said...

Wooo hooo.Yvonne I feel like standing up and cheering for you...you are one clever artist girl!!!
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts Kids Projects

Shelly said...

These are all 'nothing short of AMAZING'!! Love!

Cindy deRosier said...

My fave is the gold Y.

Audrey Pettit said...

Your projects are all SO beautiful, Yvonne! And you have so many great ideas and tips here. Thank you for sharing them all with us! I love them all... so hard to pick a fave. Each one I see I think to myself that this one is my favorite... until I move on to the next one! ;)

Radhika said...

All are amazing :)

Annette Allen said...

seriously full of talent.. your amazing.. I love all your projects..

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