Turquoise is the color of tropical ocean water. A perfect mix of crystal clear aqua blue with sea green makes the seas around the Caribbean and south Pacific Islands the most lovely color. Water color depends on a variety of factors. As sunlight passes through the water, it gets absorbed to create blue. In deep water the blue is a dark, navy color. Shallow depths and the sand make-up at the bottom also determine water color. I am no scientist, and for a better and more in-depth article on water color, please read: How Can Bodies of Water be Different Colors? by mentalfloss.
I do know how the beautiful “water” on this wedding invitation was created. That is a much easier explanation for me! First I found a public domain image that someone kindly donated for use. The original picture was of a boat anchored on a beautiful beach. In the distance the shallow blue-green water turned darker blue and breaking waves could be seen on the horizon. The blue sky paled in comparison to the inviting, clear water.
I didn’t want a boat image, but I definitely loved that water. I downloaded the largest size photograph to work with. I then cropped and resized the portion of the photograph that I could use, removing the boat. For fun, I further split the image to remove the sky. On some of the products I have created I use the full view from sand to distant waves, and on others I use the beach and lapping surf image only. The latter is what you see on this 5×7 inch horizontal wedding invitation. For this stationery I layered the image as a transparency over a graphic gradient using turquoise and brown. Separately the images can be used for many projects. Layered together they give paper a bright, tropical color. In reality, the close up beach image contains pale colors. You can see it in the poster below, which I made for Society6.
I’ve used the water image in my By the Sea wedding stationery set. I think the new layered effect works well enough to use it another collection of items. I offer a rehearsal dinner invitation invitation to match.
Do you know which blue color is your favorite? Would you say aqua? Turquoise? or Aquamarine? I get requests for all of these colors when brides are making their tropical wedding stationery.
“Could you make this for me in turquoise?” This type of design request (throw in any color) is what I frequently hear. My mind begins to scroll through all the various “turquoise” colors and I know that we must first decide on the proper color.
The trouble is, that “turquoise” and all most colors, contain a variety of shades. The bride has a definite color in mind, but I can’t read her mind. Sometimes we go back and forth trying various blues until the bride-to-be is satisfied. And I want her to be satisfied! It’s wedding paper, so getting it exactly right is top priority.
I certainly understand the difficulties of choosing the perfect color for wedding stationery online. Each monitor will show something a little different and we always wonder what it will end up looking like in person. (Zazzle now offers the option to buy a single invitation so the couple can spend very little and get to see the product before committing to a large order or set of stationery.)
To help this process along, I suggest sending an image containing the select color, or including the hex code. Whatever the bride considers to be “turquoise” may not be what I am thinking during the creative process. This can go a long way to help create a perfect shade of blue for the finished product.
Tropical color choices are usually blues and greens, but many people confuse the green-blue of teal with the blue-green of turquoise. I sell a lot of items in “blue lagoon” which on my site is hex# 29AFA6.
Sometimes the request for “aqua” is really more of a “light mint”, and so on. As you can see on this Color Codes chart page, there are an abundance of blues in these shades and I used some of them to make up the swatch at the beginning of this post. Providing as much info to your designer as possible is always a good idea, and that includes specific color choices please!
Turquoise is the newest color we’ve added to the Sandpiper Wedding store. With aqua and lagoon blue being popular choices for a beach wedding invitation set, turquoise is gaining popularity as well. All these blue or blue-green colors come in many shades and there are only slight differences between them but they all look especially pretty when paired with seashells.
Here we have two varieties of table number cards in our new colors. On the left is the turquoise colored background and on the right is the graphic, aquamarine color. Turquoise has a bit of green in it while the aquamarine is a mix of aqua and darker blues.
When requesting a color for wedding stationery, it is helpful to supply a hex code number or an image to give us an idea of the shade required. Colors on computer monitors can vary widely, but customer comments have consistently said that the color they see is the color they end up with.
The seahorse is an appropriate symbol for any beach wedding and the couple who loves nature may like to consider using seahorses someplace in their themed decorations.
Many seahorse couples mate for life and they may even been seen swimming along holding onto each other by entwining tails, so they won’t drift apart. How romantic!
One thing you won’t be able to relate to when it comes to seahorses is that the male is the one who gives birth! Sounds like a great idea to me, but ah, well… for us ladies it’s just a dream!
The seahorse is a beautiful and diminutive creature who lives near coral reefs and grasses in warm, temperate ocean waters. They can change colors to match their surroundings and they eat almost constantly (not that you would want to mimic that!).
In addition to wedding ceremony invitations and other stationery items for the wedding, you could include seahorse lollipops as wedding or shower favors.
The candy ones I found are made by Etsy crafter, andiespecialtysweets, and they are even blue and green which matches the image on the invitations found at Sandpiper Wedding. Cool!