Seasonal Color Palettes, Fall and Winter Edition



WWhere has the summer gone Lovelies? I originally planned on sharing my Fall and Winter Distress Seasonal Palettes weeks ago, but July and August went by in a blur of cards and I am just getting to it now!


I am glad that I waited a bit though, because I got to do some editing to the palettes incorporate my new BAE Prize Ribbon. To say that I am chart-obsessed is an understatement, so I am just as in love with the CZ Design Color Wheel from Simon Says Stamp, today as much as when it made it's debut in May! Some stamps are just a keeper. I am by no means done with this one; there are so many colors to still explore.


So here is my take on Fall and Winter using the Distress colors!!!


As I shared back in May, my main inks are my Distress Inks and Oxides. I've linked my Spring and Summer palettes here if you have not seen them before. That color palette continues to grow and offers so many options that it's easy for me to lose focus when trying to pick a color scheme for a project.


So with over 60 colors, I thought that I could break up the range into four distinct seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. The idea being that depending on the time of year and project and when I was feeling overwhelmed by the full range, I could pick my colors from those smaller groupings.


The 5.5" round Color Wheel Stamp is divided into 12 pie-shaped sections and I assigned a color to each section.


You may have a completely different view of what the colors should be for each season, but that's the fun, with this stamp, you can DIY this wheel to your liking!


Key Supplies





A full supply list is available at the bottom of this post.


SELECTING THE COLORS:

The first step can happen long before you get to your craft space and involves deciding which colors go into which Seasons. Today we will tackle Fall and Winter.


My winter palette is a bit of a weird one. It has two distinct color schemes: one pastel; one rich tones. I love that because I believe that winter and the holidays can be showcased in both beautifully.


FALL

  1. Seedless Preserves

  2. Chipped Sapphire

  3. Stormy Skies

  4. Lucky Clover

  5. Pine Needles

  6. Forest Moss

  7. Crushed Olive

  8. Wild Honey

  9. Brushed Corduroy

  10. Ground Espresso

  11. Crackling Campfire

  12. Aged Mahogany


WINTER

PASTEL TONES

  1. Tattered Rose

  2. Victoria Velvet

  3. Broken China

  4. Speckled Egg

  5. Bundled Sage

  6. Old Paper

RICH TONES

  1. Iced Spruce

  2. Gathered Twigs

  3. Candied Apple

  4. Prize Ribbon

  5. Rustic Wilderness

  6. Fossilized Amber


I am positively thrilled with my Fall Palette and I am curious about how my Winter Palette will work out. The only way to know is to test it!!!


I am repeating the instructions on making and coloring the charts below from the Spring and Summer Palette post, in case you did not see it and want to give this a try.


MAKING THE CHARTS


I am placing my Palettes into a mini Binder that I use to store my color charts and so I they are stamped on Distress Ink Watercolor Paper measuring 5.5" x 8.5". Since the stamped image is ~5.5" round, you may elect to use a smaller piece of Watercolor paper to suit your needs.


Key Steps:

  1. Ink the Color Wheel Stamp with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink and stamp onto Distress Ink Watercolor Paper

  2. Repeat for as many Palettes as you plan to create

  3. Let the ink dry completely by heat-setting it or setting it aside for a few minutes while while preparing your colors.




COLORING THE CHARTS


I used Distress Ink Reinkers to color my Charts as it allowed me to prepare a consistent intensity of colors across the Seasonal Palette. This was important for me to get a reliable representation of each chosen color.




Key Steps:

  1. Add one drop of ink to each well of the Darice Plastic Palette or a Tim Holtz Distress Ink Palette. Add two colors to the center well at opposite ends of that well to separate the colors.

  2. Add two drops of water to each color and mix with the Ranger #6 Round Artist Brush.

  3. Paint each pie-shaped section of the wheel with each color until complete.

  4. Label each color using the 01 Copic Multiliner Pen or other pigment ink pen.





Fall

Tip: Let each section semi-dry before moving to the next section to limit bleeding of colors.



Winter

Tip: I clustered the Pastel tones to one side and the Rich tones to the other. I cut an additional blank 1/2 wheel to help me see each group individually.




COMPLETED SEASONAL PALETTES

Fall:





Winter:



PASTEL TONES only


RICH TONES only


I can't wait try see how these work out. I gave the Fall Palette a whirl already on a recent project that I can't wait to share!


Here is the whole set together: