Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Color Me Tickled Pink

Pin It Today I received a box of INSPRIRATION - two books that I just had to have for my studio.  After renewing each book three times, returning them to the library, re-ordering and then renewing each again three times, I figured it was time to acquire these little treasures.

Fleecie Dolls by Fiona Goble
Color Sense by Susan Levin
 Color Sense - Creative Color Combinations for Crafters provides a kaleidoscope of color combinations on 200 pages of high-glossy paper.  Susan Levin introduces the reader to color theory, the language of color and color considerations.  The book showcases monochromatic, two, three and four color combinations for the entire color spectrum.  The book also comes with color swatches (like paint-chip samples) and a color wheel for your crafting bag.  I'm hoping this book will push me out of my comfort zone into new and exciting worlds of color. 

Here are a few examples of color palettes I pulled together with just some things laying around my office.  

Photo Left:  Three color split complement - yellow, blue/violet and orange

"Split complements are composed of a color plus the two colors on either side of the complement.  These combinations have strong visual contrast, like complements, but they have a lower level of tension because the colors are not in direct opposition."

Photo Right:  Three color triad - yellow/green, red/orange and blue/violet

"Triads include three colors that are equally spaced around the color wheel.  Triads create balanced color combinations with strong contrast but without the visual intensity of complementary colors."

 I really need this book.
I would have never thrown orange into the mix.

Three color analogous combination - blue/violet, violet and red/violet

"Analogous combinations are made up of three or more colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.  Analogous combinations are related to monochromatic combinations but often look richer and more nuanced."

 Fleecie Dolls provides detailed instructions for making fifteen dolls - all made with fleece.  Cutting templates are included.  There are patterns for several baby dolls suitable for a large age range, plus patterns for a pirate, an alien and a monster for little boys.

 This little doll, Florence, reminds me of our little 3-year old grand-daughter Eloise.  She is the primary reason for purchasing this book.  I can't wait to stitch up this little treasure for our baby doll!!

I think Maggie would love to sink her teeth into this monster -
especially if it squeaks!

Join me over the next several weeks as I begin to expand my world of color.  I hope you'll share your color explorations too!

"'I set My RAINBOW in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the RAINBOW shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The RAINBOW shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:12-16)

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