A split-complementary color layout. You can’t mess up!

Hello and welcome to the Tattered Angels blog today!

Now how fun is this color theory theme this month?! Aren’t you amazed by all the gorgeous projects showing on the blog? and all the inspiring and interesting stories about color?!

I love what my fellow DT members created!

Today I have a layout to share with you.

This one was created using a Split-Complementary color scheme and here’s what the experts say about that:

split-complementarySplit-Complementary color scheme 
The split-complementary color scheme is a variation of the complementary color scheme. In addition to the base color, it uses the two colors adjacent to its complement.

This color scheme has the same strong visual contrast as the complementary color scheme, but has less tension.

The split-complimentary color scheme is often a good choice for beginners, because it is difficult to mess up.

Ha, that’s good news isn’t it! A split-complimentary color scheme is difficult to mess up!!

I used orange, yellow and teal tints and shades:

These terms are often used incorrectly, although they describe fairly simple color concepts. If a color is made lighter by adding white, the result is called a tint. If black is added, the darker version is called a shade. And if gray is added, the result is a different tone.

Tints – adding white to a pure hue


Shades – adding black to a pure hue


Tones – adding grey to a pure hue


To create the tags I sprayed Harvest Orange, Marigold and Dragonfly on my misting mat and put the manila tags up-side-down on top. Then I lifted them up and let the paints blend together.


It’s that easy! So get out your Split-Complementary colors and play! Remember it’s difficult to mess up! Have fun!

Have a wonderful day and happy misting !

Birgit Koopsen

One Response to “A split-complementary color layout. You can’t mess up!”

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  1. Vicki Chrisman says:

    I love this layout!!!