The more you love your decisions…

Hi there, Birgit here today with a post about color theory.

I learned about color theory in art lessons a long, long time ago. Of course I remember about the color wheel, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colors, Complementary colors,  Monochromatic colors and stuff like that, but I never use it actively in my projects. I always just follow my instinct. I have a big preference for bright contrasting colors and a lot of people tell me that they find my color combinations quite extreme sometimes, but still love them. They are afraid to use color in that way. I know it can be frightening to use bright colors if you never do that. But what is the worst thing that can happen? That you ruin a piece of paper? That you have to cover your canvas with gesso and start over again? You just have to try and if you don’t like the result you start over! Put aside your fear, step out of your comfort zone and go with the flow!

So, I don’t use color theory while creating but this theme made me wonder if my projects would fit into one or more of the color theory rules. If the fact that I like those color combinations is a logical thing that my instinct just makes me do. Something like that, lol! And guess what? It does!

I made this project before I went on the internet to read about color theory and then I checked. This project, as a lot of my other projects, perfectly fits the Rectangle color scheme as you can see below.

Guess there is an unconscious reason for me to use those colors.

So, if you are the cautious type, using monochromatic colors a lot, going on the safe side, loving bright colors but afraid of using them…. I dare you to use the rectangle or square color scheme for your next project and I would love to see it! If you create anything out of your comfort zone that you would like to share please leave a comment on this post with a link to your project!

Rectangle (tetradic) color scheme 
The rectangle or tetradic color scheme uses four colors arranged into two complementary pairs.

This rich color scheme offers plenty of possibilities for variation.

Tetradic color schemes works best if you let one color be dominant.

You should also pay attention to the balance between warm and cool colors in your design.


Square color scheme 
The square color scheme is similar to the rectangle, but with all four colors spaced evenly around the color circle.

Square color schemes works best if you let one color be dominant.

You should also pay attention to the balance between warm and cool colors in your design.


The canvas was first covered with tissue paper. In fact it was covered with tissue paper because I messed up the first attempt, haha!

Colors used in this project: Suns Sisters, Tuscan Sun and a little bit of Tiger Lily, Pomegranate, LED Red, Dragonfly, Key Lime Pie and Olive Vine.

The dots in the background were made using a piece of Punchanella and Stazon Ink.

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you got inspired to create a bright and happy project!

Happy misting!

Birgit Koopsen


4 Responses to “The more you love your decisions…”

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  1. Holly says:

    Birgit you never cease to amaze me with your creativity! I adore this canvas. Gorgeous!!

  2. Martha says:

    Your color choices are always breathtaking…your canvas is fabulous. I get such inspiration from your art!