How I’m Working These Days…

Today I would like to share a little bit about how I have been working in the last 8 or so months. I can put colors together, but since I have no formal art education, I like to purchase any aids I feel will help me. One of the tools that helps me with color is Joen Wolfrom’s 3-in-1 Color Tool. This portable tool has color swatches of tints, pure colors, shades and tones of colors. It also shows all the color schemes for each color…monochromatic, complementary, analogous, split-complementary, and triadic. I find the triadic color schemes to be the most interesting, using both warm and cool colors. This tool has helped put sparkle in my color schemes, so much so, I get compliments on them.

One of the intimidating things for me about starting a piece is choosing a color scheme. It also can put me off from starting a piece; it takes time. I work fairly intuitively, so thinking of focal point, color, etc. ends up being a lot of thinking for me! So I have come up with a way to do some of that work ahead of time. I spent some time this past year choosing triadic schemes (using my favorite colors) and then matching up piles of fabric to that scheme. And because it was interesting to see and learn about the different triadic schemes, it was also fun! The fabric piles also include painted dryer sheets, dyed scrim, dyed cheesecloth, and any other item that matches that scheme. Then, when I am ready to start a piece, I simply choose a color scheme and the fabrics I need are already sorted and bagged together, ready for me to start. I can add to these bags anytime I want. I was reminded of how easy this made it when I went to work on the postcard for Susan Lenz a couple of days ago. All I had to do was pull a bag out and get right to work.

So here are some of my “piles” of coordinated fabrics ready to work whenever I am. Notice that most, (ok, all)  of the fabrics are hand dyed, hand painted, etc. I rarely use commercial fabrics anymore. I keep my stamps and paints on hand, ready to transform any piece of cloth I need to fit the theme I am working with.

orange yellow, aqua green, purple

golden yellow, aqua blue, fuchsia

chartreuse, blue-red, cerulean blue

orange, violet, green

yellow green, blue, red

Advertisements

10 thoughts on “How I’m Working These Days…”

  1. What a great exercise you created for yourself. I’m quite partial to that golden yellow, fushia, blue scheme…although the bottom one is quite eye catching too.

  2. What an awesome idea! That is a great thing to do when “all else fails”…simply work on your color scheme bags…I think that I will “adopt” that idea! You get a gold star for the best idea I’ve read all day long! And the fabrics are beautiful , very good combos’s.

  3. That’s a great idea! I just started dyeing and now, I’m almost overwhelmed by all the fabric and color, so I may have to give this a try. I love to just look at it all, but that’s not getting me anywhere — LOL!

  4. Absolutely brilliant! I’ve been looking for a better way to organize my fabric. You’ve really got me thinking.

  5. I have noticed you don’t monetize your website, don’t waste your traffic, you can earn additional cash every
    month because you’ve got high quality content. If you
    want to know how to make extra $$$, search for: best adsense alternative Wrastain’s tools

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s