My colour choices are much better now than they used to be, but there's a lot more I'd like to learn and be able incorporate into my quilts (and decor and clothes, but that's for another day).
I've got a few books and online resources that I'll be using to help learn more about colour theory:
- Joen Wolfrom's Playing With Colour posts on her blog, as well as her books on colour and design
- Design Seeds
- Katie Pasquini Masopust's Colour and Composition for the Creative Quilter
- Making a Mark
- Color Matters
- Jeni Baker of In Color Order's Art of Choosing post series
My challenge is to pick a colour a month to explore. I'm going to make a small piece/wallhanging about 12" by 12" or 14" by 14" using that colour. I'm also going to try to use my scraps to make these pieces. Each piece will be quilted, but not bound. When I'm done them all, I'll decide if I want to keep them as separate pieces for a wall collage or sash them as a quilt-as-you-go quilt. Not too many rules, but hopefully enough to guide the process and still have it be fun. I also might use these challenges to try some new-to-me techniques.
With Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day coming up and because I'd like a fun colour to start, January's challenge colour is red.
A couple of things about red:
- It's associated with love, passion, beauty, danger, courage and sacrifice.
- According to Wikipedia, "Red catches people's attention, and can be used either in a negative way to indicate danger and emergency, or in a positive way in advertising to gain more viewers, or in nature, as a ripe fruit announces its readiness with its red color. Several studies have indicated that red carries the strongest reaction of all the colors, with the level of reaction decreasing gradually with orange, yellow, and white, respectively."
When I think of red, I think of apples, stop signs, red lights, Chinese New Year, cinnamon hearts, cherries, those red paper roll caps I'd hit with a rock as a kid, Canada Day, my boys' winter jackets, red Smarties, a hot stove, bold, candy apples, cardinals, fast cars, 99 red balloons, Red Rum (never should have watched that movie!), blood, cherry pie and cheeks red from the cold.
How about you? What do you think of? If you have any colour resources that you'd recommend, I'd love to hear them!