Use watercolor swatches to share your wedding color scheme #DIY#bridesmaids#mismatched-bridesmaids#steal-this-idea October 23 2013 | Guest post by Erinelizabetho I've been wringing my hands over my "dusky" wedding colors, and it's been difficult to explain to my bridesmaids what I generally had in mind. My bridesmaids also live all over the US (and none of them close to me) so a lot of them will have to search for their dresses solo, and I think some of the girls have been nervous to just start looking without a narrower focus. So I sat down with my watercolors and metallic nail polish and started hammering out swatches… As you can see, there are multiple shades of the same color. So I'm hoping zoning into a color they like on the card will give them a starting point and help my girls get some bridesmaid dress clarity. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Erinelizabetho I'm a 30-year-old freelance artist living in Chicago. I paint, I draw, I book-make, I play guitar, imbibe in a lot of rye whiskey/South American red wine/dark stout beers. I watch a lot of Arrested Development, bad public access cooking shows and BBC Sherlock with my boyfriend. My vice is hours upon hours of Skyrim and Mass Effect. I wish I had more time to learn more things, like sewing and pastry making (I do make a kick ass chocolate chip cookie). http://www.erinelizabetho.com PREVIOUS Lisa Marie & Oscar's retro polka-dotted and tattooed Manhattan wedding NEXT A DIY-styled vintage vineyard-meets-Gatsby LA wedding Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] Thank you! Why didn't I think of this before?! Reading your article was like reading my exact "color scheme" issue but with a solution at the end. Our wedding party and guests have been nagging us for our "wedding colors" and the problem is that artists can't pick just one or two. I need a palette, and I wasn't finding one online that quite fit. 2 agree Reply Like the best ideas, simple but great! Another option for the less crafty could be getting paint colour swatches from a hardware or paint store. 6 agree Reply Great idea! I am planning to do the swatch thing as well so I can pick a range of colors for them to choose their own dress. I was thinking of going to get paint strips from a large home store to do it but I also like this idea. 2 agree Reply I used paint swatches from the store, but only because I found one that matched PERFECTLY and I don't have the watercolor talent. Or paints… Reply Those would also make totally cool postcards! Or… Save the Dates, perhaps? Or maybe thank you cards for your bridetribe? Colour, for me, is such a memory trigger – I spent forever playing with colours before I did anything else with my planning, and I love the idea of just a page of colour inspiration, say, at the beginning of a bridal scrap book or something…? 1 agrees Reply I used paint chips from Home Depot to show my colors to vendors! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.