A daytime guild meeting that I attend regularly has declared this the Year of Color, dedicating each of the 12 meetings this year to the exploration of a single color. January was blue, and February is red.
Prompted by my guild's exploration of color, I recently added this to my quilter’s book library:
I’ve studied color theory and even included a chapter on it in my book, Idiot’s Guides: Quilting.
Still, there's always something more to learn when it comes to color and design in quilts, and I thought Color & Design was a good addition to my bookshelf and a nice jumping-off point for further exploration.
The book is divided into three sections: The Language of Color, The Language of Design, and Workshops.
The Language of Color section explores basic color theory and harmonious color combinations. The first color harmony explored in the book is called Neutral or Achromatic, and includes true neutral colors such as black, gray, white, tan, cream, taupe, and pale brown-based colors. This is the palette I explored in my quilt, Stepping Stones.
In the alternate version of Stepping Stones, I used the Direct Compliment color harmony of yellow-green and red-violet (pink).
The Language of Design explores the elements of design (line, shape, form, texture, and so on) and design principles (contrast, balance, unity, etc.).
The Workshops section at the end of the book is probably what I'm most excited about! Each workshop explores a different aspect of color and design, and I'm thinking I might use them to challenge myself. I don't have a formal plan as yet, but I know I want to complete as many workshops as I can this year.
What about you? Would any of you out there in cyberland like to join me in a few color theory workshops? Comment here and if there's enough interest, I'll put together a challenge for us!