Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Monochromatic


It’s been another great week of super colorful learning! But before we wrap up Session Two of MFT Summer School, we have one more lesson to inspire you.

As a reminder, you’re final exam (don’t stress!) is to study the lessons and show your mastery by participating in the challenges for lessons 6-10. Simply create a project and link it via InLinkz for the appropriate day. You can find the previous lessons at these links: Gallon/Quart/Pint rule, Complementary Colors, Primary Colors, and Seconday Colors. Check back on July 28th when we’ll reveal the winners for the session two challenges!

As the saying goes, “Good things come in threes.” So rest up and enjoy your summer, because we’ll be back with one more session of summer school in August!

Lesson #10 – Color Theory: Monochromatic

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Colors that are Monochromatic are of similar saturations and hues with different shades of the same color. In fact, the word monochromatic comes from the Greek word parts mono (meaning “single”) and chromato (meaning “color”). Isn’t that fancy? Take a look at the more in depth color chart above — one slice of that pie has multiple shades of the same hue. It all depends on the amount of white or black added to the most saturated color on the outside of the wheel.

Here are two examples of monochromatic card designs by Karolyn Loncon and Karin Åkesdotter:

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring the Watercolor Flowers stamp set.

Karolyn incorporates several different shades of aqua for this stunning example of a monochromatic card. The addition of white (the absense of all color) creates fantastic contrast.

Handmade card from Karin Åkesdotter featuring the Brushstroke Birthday Greetings Die-namics.

Karin’s monochromatic card features various saturations of deep red. Crisp white and touches of dimension and texture make this card a visual feast.

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Julia Stainton. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to learn more about creating Monochromatic designs.

I loved Julia’s tips about how to add interest to a monochromatic design. Inspiring stuff!

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring the Pierced Oval Frames Die-namics.

What a lovely finished product! And now that you understand more about creating monochromatic designs, you can give this color theory a try.

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!

Monochromatic color theory.

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 a Monochromatic Color Scheme in your projects.


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Now make sure to do your homework! Class dismissed.