So I have this beautiful image and these beautiful papers that I want to use with it. The problem? I don't have the correct color tones to match the paper! So this is a quick tutorial on what I do when I need to "dirty" something up/tone it down, whatever you want to call it ;0)
I color the image first with colors that match the papers as close as I can.
The colors on the paper are pretty, but a bit muted so I am going to add a marker with a grey tone in it, in this case YG93. You do NOT have to use this specific marker, most markers with grey tones will work, this is just the one I personally prefer.
I don't want to touch the pink or the olive green colors because they are fine as they are, but I do want to tone down the blues and oranges and the brighter green. I use my YG93 to start in the darker areas and do a single light layer up to the lighter areas. On my orange I didn't want to mess with the light orange area much so I stayed away from it, but on the blue I really want to change the whole tone so I colored over the whole area.
There isn't a huge, dramatic difference, but if you look at the orange, blue and bright green they are toned down a bit and match the paper a bit better (click on pic for larger one).
I also did the same thing on the leaves of the tree on this card; the turquiose I had was just not the right shade so I swiped it with my YG93 to tone down the color a bit:
Images by Pink Cat Studio