Saturday 27 July 2019

2019 #11 Retro Colour Palettes: Art Journaling with ESA {by Kate Yetter}

2019 Topic 11: Retro Colour Palettes

Here's a beautiful journal spread from Kate, in what are subdued retro tones for her, but to me they still feel rich and the gold touches add opulence too!  ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Kate with you today, and I'd like to share with you an Art Journal Layout I made for the theme: Retro Colours. When deciding on what colors to use I automatically thought I had to use colours from the '60's or '70's since that is what I associate with Retro. But when looking up the definition of Retro it simply means to imitate a style, fashion or design from the past. 

Since my project is centered around Seth's new stamps, I wanted to go with a colour palette that would not only showcase the patterns, but would make me feel like I was holding an old treasure in my hands. And that is when it hit me: black, white and gold. Black and white are the color of old movies and gold screams ancient.

I don't often work in muted color palettes as I am all about bright colours and contrast. But I love looking at art that looks like it has been just been pulled out of an old forgotten trunk. This project made me feel as though I accomplished what I set out to do.

I used vintage newspaper for the background before adding a bit of black gesso and gold embossing. I am using Seth's new stamps.

Tearing up a map that I printed, I stamped around the edges and again gold embossed.

Using my Infusions (Terracotta, Lemoncello, Olive Tree), I sprayed a handmade envelope, stamped it and embossed it in gold.

Adding the map and some black thread not only added contrast but texture to my page. The envelope became the perfect focal embellishment to hide a small treasure. 

And of course I made something pretty for inside the envelope.

I used some of my favorite Seth Apter stamps along with Lemoncello infusions and black and white gesso.

That gold shine makes me happy and reminds me of buried treasure waiting to be found.

I really enjoyed working with this palette. It was out of my comfort zone but it definitely speaks Retro to me. I hope you challenge yourself to experiment with a retro colour palette that may not be the norm. Remember, Retro is anything that imitates a past design, style or fashion. So basally, the sky's the limit! 


BEARKIS said...

Артистични проекти, за удоволствие на окото и душата!Поздрави!

Words and Pictures said...

It does look like a book full of ancient manuscripts - gorgeous work with Seth's fab new minis.
Alison x

Miriam said...

wow. fabulous journal Kate.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Brilliant layering as usual Kate!

A Pink said...

OOoo your journal layout is gorgeous Kate . Im a big lover of black and white and either gold or silver so I was instantly drawn. Love the aged / distressed feel of your pages and the addition of the pocket that holds such a fabulous hidden treasure .
Inspiring pages and post .
Tfs x

Corrie Herriman said...

Fab journal !
Corrie x

Seth said...

Sensational layers. Absolutely love the envelope -- and what is inside too!