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Thread: Figuring out Color

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    This is excellent! Thanks so much for putting it together. Now I'm going back to read through it a couple more times to try and get it permanently etched into my brain!

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    I think cut, paste and take along probably works better. I can't hold all of this in my brain.

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    THANKS FOR THE COLOR INFO IT IS VERY HELPFUL . THIS IS AN AREA THAT I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET. THANKS AGAIN

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    Great post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkhooper
    I think cut, paste and take along probably works better. I can't hold all of this in my brain.
    That's one thing I can't do. I'm "puter-tarded."

    :lol:
    Thanks for the thread.

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    Highlight the text you want to print. Right click your mouse. Choose Print. Choose Print Area Selected. Choose Print.

    It's not a great deal different than what you would do if you were selecting a part of a document to print.

    Your very welcome all. I appreciate you looking over the information.

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    Excellent tute!!! Thank you so much for putting this together for us :D:D:D I too, will be back re-reading it as I plan future quilts 8-)8-)8-)

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    Thanks Mom, glad I could be of help.

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    tkhooper, on page one, in the section about the warm and cool colors you say, "The color wheel has cool colors on the left hand side if yellow is pointed up. It has warm colors on the right hand side."


    http://www.tigercolor.com/color-lab/...#complementary

    This color wheel has red pointing up and says the cool colors and to the left, which would be opposite of what you are saying. Would you clarify this please.

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    It's not opposite but it is alittle off. I don't put any greens in the warm color category. And I usually don't put any purples in the warm color category.

    To make it really simple, yellows, oranges, and reds are on the warm side.

    Greens, Blues, and Purples are on the cool side.

    Now is there a grey area? Say like Chartruse, I would put it on the cool side but there is definitely room to put it on the warm side. Especially if the color is very "intense." (that's the saturation of color). On the other hand, if the chartruse is either tinted (white is added to it) or it is dulled (black or grey is added to it) it will be much cooler.

    This is an area that I don't believe I have discussed yet. It's where color can get really confusing. As if that is possible.

    Intensity is just how bright the color is. An example of the brightest colors are those that are a pure color. Nothing is added. Some examples of these are the Primary Colors as they are often used in childrens quilts, "Gem Tones" such as: Emerald Green, Saphire Blue, Ruby Red etc is another example of intense colors. These pop as I'm sure I don't have to point out. Tints and Dull colors on the other hand receded into the background. A tint is any color that white has been added to, to decrease the intensity of the color. Pastels fall into this category. Dull colors have had black, or grey added to them for the same purpose. It decreases the intensity of the color. Examples of this would be most of the olive greens, the navy blues, and the almost black purples.

    Art, as in everything else, you are going to find differing opinions to some extent. When that happens to me I evaluate the information and see what seems most correct to me and go with that. You will also find mistakes on the internet from time to time. I'm glad you asked me about the differences you found. Here is another difference you will find as you explore color wheels. The ones that are for Light rather than Paint have different primary and secondary colors. When my second husband took photography we had a major row about that until I researched it and found out that they are different. That really suprised me. For fabric use the color wheel used for paint.

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    Thank you so much for this tute. It's appreciated.....very helpful.I just finished the main part of a monochromatic(sp)blue quilt top and I am not satisfied with it....too drab. I've been trying different borders. I would send a picture but my camera is broken.....need to get a new one but I have to wait until the $$$s are there.

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    I so wish you had a picture. I'd love to see it. Some monochromatics don't pop. But they can be extremely elegant. Now I'm going to have to go dig through the internet and see if I can find one that shows what I am talking about.

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    here is an example of a monochromatic that doesn't pop.

    http://images.suite101.com/1230119_com_reducecont.png

    thanks to Christine Mann for the picture and accompanying article. We are thinking with the same mind on this subject.

    Pop is something that really works with quilts but it isn't the only answer. Creativity can go in as many directions as people can have ideas.

    Monochromatics that don't pop can be great for the abstract design, and can keep a "cologe" (sp) styled quilt from becomming to busy. It can take just about any color and add a zen like quality to it.

    If you look at traditional interior decorating books a monochromatic color scheme can create some of the most elegant looks imaginable.

    I look forward to when you can post a picture of your quilt. Maybe a friend has a digital camera and would be willing to take a picture?

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    tk, I am working from the pic in the link below. Tracy ( from that website) was so helpful when I asked her about it. I loved hers but mine just doesn't look quite so nice. Tracy's was a mini but mine is a bigger size and the blues are just looking like a blob....to me anyway. Perhaps I just need to leave it be for a time...out of sight...maybe that will give me a new perspective. I've always found that when you've been working on a quilt for a long time that you become 'numbed' to what it really looks like...'can't see the forest for the trees' idea.

    http://fiberbabble.blogspot.com/2009...-your-set.html

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    Have you tried hanging it up or draping it over something and then going accross the room and then looking at it? Distance can sometimes help with perspective.

    Also putting it away can help alot.

    I noticed on tracy's that she had used a light shade on the bottom left corner and a darker shade on the upper right corners of her "windows", is that what you did? Did you get enough difference that they didn't blend into one another?

    Also she seems to have used the neutral color black for the center of her blocks. Did you do that or did you use another shade of blue? And was it a print or was it a solid?

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    tk, yes, I used the lighter on the bottom and the darker on the top. In the center of the block I used a darker color blue.

    Maybe this scanned fabric photo will help. Not sure it will work.
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    I have that center print in yellow. I love how it looks as I move.

    Your light fabric is alittle dark for what you are using it for but not much. If you can center the floral motif on your darkest fabric for the center of the windows so the lighter color of the flower doesn't blend into the "frame", I think you are in good shape.

    I would think that it is probably just that you have looked at it up close for a little to long. I'm sure after a rest you'll go back to loving it. The fabrics are great.

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    Well, the main part of the top is done ---6X8 units (9" finished blocks)........had planned to do 8X9 units but I want to be done with it. I'll put it away for a bit and work on something else. Thanks tk, for all your help.

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    I keep learning more and more from this tute :D:D:D Thank you!!!

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    So do I.

    As I research to answer specific questions I learn new things and remember things from school long long ago.

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    Thank you for this tutorial. I've printed it out and am well on my way to memorizing it (that's what color-challenged people have to do, if they want to be safe). You have a good way with words, to make things very clear.

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    Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you are able to understand it. Sometimes I can get pretty confused when I'm trying to explain things.

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    Didn't sound like you were confused to me - I followed right along in my imagination. Now, whether I can remember all that when I'm faced with fabric choices... well, as they say, that's the acid test. Am looking forward to your further instruction. I suspect there's a lot more I need to learn.

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    I know exactly what you mean. I like colors that have been dulled. So for me to pick out white backgrounds or or bright colors that really pop with my regular choices is hard.

    My next quilt is going to be a pain. I choose a black focus fabric and I can't find a grey rain background. Everything I choose makes the black try and recede. I finally found a dull olive green bamboo that should work.

    Black is one of those colors normal it will recede but if it is will dull or tinted fabrics it will pop.

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    sorry for all the grammatical and spelling errors.

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