For a complementary scheme, here's my pairing of blue-green with red-orange (or teal and papaya/coral):
And then, triadic, with blue-green, red-violet and yellow orange (or teal, boysenberry, goldfish):
After that initial dip into the color wheel, we moved on to a full wheel for the next exercise.
Here is my attempt to arrange the basic color swatches with all the ones in between:
At some point either all those swatches on the right ran off to plan a mutiny or my mind just got really tired. But if you look closely, you can see there is a fairly complete circle in there somewhere. You can see that I was all hung up on values and not quite sure what to do with some of those swatches. After that task, we were asked to make a 12-color wheel using some specified colors and then make a block of four Bear Paw blocks in a rainbow arrangement of fabrics matching those colors. Here's my wheel, not very wheel looking, I know, but you get the idea. I started out with a couple of different colors for the pink and minty green, but I had to change them based on my fabric availability.
And then the blocks:
Isn't that a fun way to make a color wheel? I didn't sew my blocks together, as I have other plans for these eventually. How about a closer look with the labels?
And some close-ups. (I love color names!)
|Autumn, Peony, Boysenberry|
|Tiger, Pineapple, Lime|
|Clover, Aloe, Teal|
|Cornflower, Bahama, Blackberry|
Then we expanded them into 12-color wheels. I skipped the first column, with the basic hues since I had already worked with that in the previous exercise. I found that it was pretty easy for me to choose the basic six colors, but expanding them to 12 was more challenging. Here is my pastel wheel:
I was surprised to find that I had enough fabric to represent the wheel, because I'm not particularly fond of pastels.
Here's the dusty tints wheel:
I knew it would be fairly easy for me to make up a fabric wheel. I must have a bazillion dusty fabrics from the 80's and 90's. Those were about the only fabrics we could get at that time, it seemed. Everything had a grayish look to it. I still have so many bits, and find myself rejecting them a lot in projects because they can really look dull to me now, especially with more modern fabrics. But I do use them in rainbow scrap projects.
And then the jewel shades:
It blows my mind that there is no yellow in this wheel. But every one I picked did not look right to me. So of course, I had to look up why. Well, it seems that when you mix black with a color to make a shade, you get green when you add it to yellow. Who knew? I didn't. I'm sure that a jewel colored quilt would look fine with a spark of gold, though. Here are my fabrics:
And finally, the blocks I made to go with these. I only made one pastel, because I just wasn't feeling it. And then, a couple more in dusty tones.
For the pastels, I used Pigeon, Lemon, Ballet, Buff and Pistachio. The dusty blocks have Pewter, Cayenne, and Asparagus and Malachite, Coral, Gold and Mauve.
I ended up making four jewel blocks.
Top left: Moss and Raisin
Top right: Iris and Sunrise
Bottom left: Ruby and Hunter
Bottom right: Ruby, Olive and Denim
I did try to follow some of what I learned about pairings from the first color wheel exercise, but mostly I just had fun with it. I think my biggest challenge (problem? opportunity?) was the limitations of fabric designs/color I have available. It turned out that my favorite of these blocks is the bottom right one above. I paired a modern print with a tiny, very old sprig print that I would never have thought to do before I made this block. It somehow works!
Okay, if you're still with me here, one more exercise: a simple one focusing on variations in value with a monochromatic color scheme. I really enjoyed this one, and am tempted to cut up all my bits of fabric into a zillion Bear Paw blocks just following value. First I took a photo of all my swatches and turned it into grayscale because I have a really had time detecting differences in value without doing that.
Then I made four sets of monochromatic color schemes. (We only had to do one, but I'm an overachiever. Ha! Or maybe just having fun.)
Maybe not quite enough difference in the darker blues, but it worked out okay.
I chose three fabrics for most of the blocks even though I show four colors for each. Some of the background fabrics seem to be a cross of the two lighter swatches.
Top left: Pistachio, Seafoam, Apple Green, Moss (I tried to mix warm and cool greens.)
Top right: Ice, Surf, Sea Turtle, Teal
Bottom left: Cloud, Sky, Peacock, Mineral
Bottom right: Buff, Orange, Flame, Cloves (I do like that orange one. I have lots and lots of rust from back in the olden days. Maybe I can resurrect them with some lighter oranges in a quilt someday.)
And here they are in gray:
So, whew! Those are my workshop exercises for the month. I was going to add a couple of photos of other things I'm working on because I actually have two(!!) RSC19 quilt tops finished. But this is plenty long enough. I'll share those soon.
I hope you have had a good weekend, and if you are in the US, I hope you are having a wonderful extended Memorial Day weekend. Please, please, please be careful and safe. And, as our country tries opening up, remember, in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, "With freedom comes responsibility." We are not out of the woods with this whole virus thing, and we must do all we can to keep each other safe. Wear a mask, stay far apart, wash your hands. (My advice? Stay in and quilt.)
I'm linking up with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap, as there are a lot of old scraps in this post.
(Just a reminder: I'm not affiliated with any company, so when I mention products, services, or stores I'm just documenting what I used or liked.)