Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Color In Your World

Let's talk color! This seems pretty logical since color is such a huge part of our lives. Color is everywhere! I think I can safely say most everyone has a favorite color. Most of us also like certain combinations whether in our creations, our homes or our clothing. What's your favorite?

Most of us are familiar with the color wheel but may not always think about what a great tool it can be! This may be information many of you aren't aware of, never consider when creating art or decorating, or already rely on the color wheel as a tool. Which one are you? Do you use the color wheel? If so, how do you use it? Below is the basic color wheel many of us are familiar with.

There are of course three basic true colors called primary colors. By using these three colors all other colors can be created.

Next and shown above are the Secondary colors. These are created by mixing equal parts of the primary colors on either side. red and blue create purple; blue and yellow create green; and red and yellow give you orange.

Complimentary colors are the colors directly across from each other on the color wheel. Why does this matter? It is helpful in a couple of ways: (1) by mixing the colors, depending on the portion of each used, you can tone down one or the other of the two. I find it much better than using black which tends to dull the hue/color; and (2) by using the compliments as a color scheme, side-by-side, creates vibrancy. If your rooms color scheme is a form of purple such as lavender or eggplant, yellow can be used to bring attention to a focal point in the room or as an accent. When painting yellow flowers, experiment with purple shades in the background rather than white or green. The colors compliment each other. Think of images such as red berries on a green leaf or a red cardinal in a pine tree. The green adds richness and vibrancy to the red image.

Have some fun playing with color using this theory. If you are having trouble trying to get an image in your stitching or painting to become more noticeable, try adding a touch of the complimentary color around it and see what happens. I would enjoy hearing how this works for you. Try it in your decorating. I can just see a soft lavender room with a bouquet of yellow roses! What about a room with blue walls and a couple of orange, maybe terra cotta pillows, either solid terra cotta or just a terra cotta stripe or flower in the pattern? Do you have a color scheme in your home using complimentary colors? Do you use it in your artwork already or have you just tried it?

Do complimentary colors come into play in your studio? Are there other ways you have used complimentary colors?

LINKS: I have found some great links to share with you. I hope you enjoy them!

Since we are talking about color, you might find this link interesting as it discusses color in relation to fashion:

This is a great site to visit if you are looking to either deplete your inventory a bit or are looking for something you need to buy. It is an on-line Saturday Yard Sale linky party. January 4, 2012 was the first party, but there will be more to come. If Bonnie creates a button for it I will post it on my sidebar.

Talk about flavor and recycling, here is a great idea over at flavor designs that puts good use to those cans we normally toss:

Here are 22 tips to organize your craft room. I failed to list this particular one on the last post. There is a link to part 1 at the bottom of the page.

I’m always a little hesitant when there is a tab or box to click to learn how to navigate a blog, but here is the link to a blog that offers more organizing ideas…

I’ve talked about this before, but Creative Carmelina reminds us to use that wall space, especially if floor space is limited. Here is a link to her blog…
In fact, she has other posts on organizing that you might enjoy as well. Either click on the following link or choose her organization option under creative categories on her sidebar.

Under the Table is sharing some great images for organizing a linen closet, but my mind is going to studio storage! Stamps, beads, fabrics, etc. could all be stored in these spaces. Seriously, I am drooling.

Also some good organizing tips on this post at Within A Quarter Inch:


MosaicMagpie said...

What a great post, full of helpful info. Now excuse now not to be orgainized.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Thanks once again for the inspiring links Connie - especially the linen closets - wow!