Monday, March 10, 2014

In The Press - Creating The Ombre Effect


I am sharing some projects which were in Australian Scrapbook Ideas Magazine #22. My brief was 'The Ombre Effect' and I had some fun exploring this effect in scrapbooking.

So what is the Ombre Effect?

From my discoveries with fashion attire, d├ęcor items for the homes, cakes to nails and hair colour, the ‘Ombre Effect’ is everywhere. Quite a popular trend  as discovered after a shopping trip to a rather larger shopping centre.

How can this effect be incorporated into our paper crafting projects? 

‘Ombre’ is a French term and specifically means ‘shadow’ or ‘shade’ with colours graduating from dark to light. It is usually depicted as a monochromatic variation of the one colour but it also looks awesome when the effect is done with more than one colour.  The effect is often seen combined with patterns. The chevron is a notable one that comes to mind.  But don’t be entirely limited by this one design. Also look for scrapbooking products including paper, ribbon, flowers and embellishments of similar monochromatic variation to incorporate into your own designs.   

For 'Daddy's Guiding Hand', I concentrated on the softer,monochromatic tonings: 

It does not always have to be neutral and in the paler toning either. Mixing it up with an infusion of the brighter colours can also look fabulous.

Don’t be limited to papers alone.  Try creating your own background ombre effect with watercolours, paint, ink, colour sprays and masks. Combine with similarly toned embellishments for a sensational effect.

For 'A Joyful Heart' extra background detail was added to patterned paper with texture paste, gesso, masks and color sprays:

For 'Dream' I started with a blank canvas and worked with Dylusions Ink Sprays and water, masks and Texture Paste for creating the background effect:  

Don't have something that matches? Extend the ombre effect to create your own unique embellishments or alter existing ones to coordinate. 

Manor House Flowers have been spritzed generously with Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays to coordinate here:

The effect looks terrific on chipboard. For 'Dancing in the Moonlight', Twiddleybitz chipboard elements were first painted with white gesso and then altered with color sprays.

There is much joy to be gained from trying the Ombre Effect.   It is by no means gender limiting and can easily be incorporated to a variety of projects and style. So get out your supplies and explore a little ombre. I guarantee that you will enjoy the creative process.

Step by Steps Instructions for completing each of these projects are available in Issue 22 of the Australian Scrapbook Ideas Magazine.

1 comment:

Lizzyc said...

These are amazing!