Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Primary Colors

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We’re so glad to have you back again for the next lesson in color theory! It’s been a fun week so far learning about the Gallon/Quart/Pint rule as well as Complementary Colors and how to use them.

Just to be clear — paper crafting is all about fun and creativity, and while we never want you to feel like there is a right or wrong way to design, we hope that these simple ideas help you in your quest to make cute and colorful stuff!

Today’s lesson feels a little bit like a trip back to elementary school and a fresh box of delicious crayons and a clean white sheet of paper. Let’s dive in to today’s lesson, shall we?

Lesson #8 – Color Theory: Primary Colors

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The most basic of colors are primary colors — red, yellow, and blue. See how they create a triangle in the color wheel? From those three colors come all of the rest. Here are a couple examples of cards from Francine Vuillème and Vera Wirianta Yates created with primary colors:

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While these colors look great on their own, they are the bulding blocks for creating an entire spectrum of color. Today’s instructor, My Favorite Things Design Team member Stephanie Klauck, shows us how to take red, yellow, and blue to create a cool graffiti wall effect. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn more about using the Primary Colors to create many colors.

Stephanie sure makes me want to experiment with some blending. What a fun way to show the power of primary colors!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Brushstroke Birthday Greetings Die-namics.

I love how Stephanie’s card turned out! And now that you know how to achieve this look, you can give it a try as well.

To aid in your learning, we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Session Two Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got two prizes per day and two ways to win. Using today’s lesson, we’d love for you to create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it to the link below. Master the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on July 28th. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

Primary Colors Rule of Design.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 24th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, July 28.

Here’s your homework for your chance to win:
  1. Create a project following the lesson you learned today.
  2. Be sure to link your project below for your chance to win!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more lessons in how to use the color theory of using Primary Colors in your projects.

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Now make sure to do your homework! Class dismissed.

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  • Liz O

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    Ever since I saw this lesson I have been singing the Sesame Street: Three Primary Colors song 🙂 Thanks for the fabulous inspiration and for the opportunity to play as we learn!
    Have a wonderful day!

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  • Shari Arbogast

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    Beautiful card. I think those stamp pads will have to be my next purchase. They blend so well together.

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  • Pat McCleary

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    After seeing Stephanie’s blending of primary colors, I decided to try it. I used MFT’s herringbone bricks stencil & was so impressed with my results. I made a second card using distress inks & then for a 3rd card, I misted the top of the stencil & laid my card on top. Result was a faint outline pattern- so cool. Thanks to MFT & Stephanie for a background technique that I love.

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  • Nora

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    What a great lesson!! Really enjoyed the video. Thank you!!

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  • RedGem

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    Wow… great card… I just love rainbows! Tks for the technique, I have all the supplies and a upcoming birthday for a good friend, will have to try this…tks for sharing.

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  • Cynthia Fahlgren

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    I love how vibrant and intense those ink colors are, and they blend beautifully! I love Stephanie’s work 🙂

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  • *Vicki*

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    WOW!! Really love the blended look of the Primary colors!! Fantastic design! Can’t wait to give it a try! 🙂

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  • Donna Whitten

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    Great card, enjoyed the video! Thanks for sharing. I’m enjoying summer school!

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