Perhaps because of their association with spring, yellow tulips in particular radiate cheerful thoughts and sunshine. While we wanted to capture this feeling, we also wanted to add a bit of individuality to the flowers and decided that a two-tone approach might work best.
We started by experimenting with different shades of yellow, wondering whether this would be enough to capture the feel we were after. It didn't quite work as we had hoped. We opened up the color spectrum and started by introducing some red to our yellow. Soon we found a warm bright orange that worked perfectly. Finally, the stems were shaded green, as we wanted the individual flowers to represent reality as closely as possible.
We had quite some difficultly identifying the background color for the print. The natural starting point was a blue or a green, as it would have provided the most realistic depiction of what we had observed. However, neither of us felt that it quite captured the warmth that we wanted to portray with this print. Naturally, we therefore moved towards red tones but once again, the contrast seemed too stark. After testing the whole color spectrum, or so it felt at least, we finally found "the one": a shade somewhere between red and yellow, with a hint of orange. It felt like perfect backdrop to display the pretty tulips.
Looking at the end result, it is difficult to imagine why it took us so long to find the right colors. As our daughter would say, when in doubt: pink. We probably could have saved a lot of time and energy had we just listened to her in the first place.
Do you think we have captured the beauty of tulips? What color combinations would you have tried with Tulipano?