I wish I knew how many books there are which explain how to use color in making quilts. I also wish I knew how many times I looked at the color wheel, read about it, studied it as long as my attention span would allow…and sighed out of frustration and boredom.
Many books about color go into great detail explaining the principles for mastering color in quilts. You can learn about hue, color, and intensity, warm and cool colors, the harmonies of triadic, analogous, split-complimentary, double-complimentary, complementary colors and much, much more–WHOLE BOOKS of small print, explaining everything you’d ever want to know about color!
But they don’t work for me.
NEVER HAVE I EVER read about color and been inspired!
For me, I do better by “studying” nature. Sometimes its from a picture and sometimes it’s from real life, but either way, I find that nature, whether its a single flower, a landscape view, or a beach at sunset has perfect coloring AND its inspirational! (Can you guess my favorite place to be?) See “Sally” HERE for a hint!
I will be sharing information about color in future posts — but that’s all it is, information. It’s good and important information, but its information I prefer to use AFTER I’ve been inspired, as a check to make sure I’m covering all the bases and have thought my choices through.
I will admit I am very much a color person. Color can evoke emotions in me that seem just a little over the top — I REALLY, REALLY love some and REALLY don’t care for others. Maybe you are like that, too? How do you choose color when your canvas is blank? Share in the comments section below. What are your scenes in nature?
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