Sunday, October 14, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tetrad Color Scheme

The Quilter’s Studio Color Study Group                                                                  August 18, 2012
Tetrad Color Harmony:     Tetrad Colors combine every third color on the color wheel (equidistant on color wheel).
3 different palette choices of 4 colors each (2 complementary sets, but only 1 primary)
  • Yellow/Violet and Blue-Green/Red Orange
  • Red/Green and Blue-Violet/Yellow-Orange
  • Blue/Orange and Yellow-Green/Red-Violet
The tetradic scheme
·         The richest of all the schemes because it uses four colors arranged into two complementary color pairs.
·         This scheme is harder to harmonize;
·         if all four colors are used in equal amounts, the scheme may look unbalanced, so you should choose a color to be dominant or subdue the colors. Avoid using pure colors in equal amounts
·         sometimes referred to as  square tetrad (vs the rectangular tetrad which is really double split complement)
·         Start with one color and build around it using the color wheel or start with a tetrad print and add the individual colors
Pros:              The tetradic scheme offers more color variety than any other scheme.  Bold!

Cons:             This scheme is the hardest scheme to balance.

Tip:                 If the scheme looks unbalanced, try to subdue one or more colors.

Jane James    B/O/YG/RV                
Lisa Walsh       Y/V/RO/BG                        

 Debra Plane-Dunkel   R/G/BV/YO
References:  (click on the tetrad icon under the heading, then click on any color on the wheel and it will show you the tetrad scheme)      
  Homework for next class –September 15th (last class) 
Reading        Read through Workshops 8-12 – we will cover concepts and have examples next class to finish the book.
Project         Workshop 7        Tetrad Color Scheme       pages  176-179
Bring              Any of your pieces that you think might illustrate luminosity, transparency, or temperature

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Triad Workshop #6

The Quilter’s Studio Color Study Group                                                                  July 20, 2012
Triad Color Harmony:    
Triad Colors combine every fourth color on the color wheel (equidistant on color wheel).
4 different palette choices of 3 colors each
  • 3 Primary Colors            Yellow + Red + Blue
  • 3 Secondary Colors        Orange + Violet + Green
  • 3 Tertiary Colors        Yellow/Orange + Red/Violet + Blue/Green
  • 3 Tertiary Colors            Yellow/Green + Red/Orange + Blue/Violet
Triads create a temperature balance between warm and cool colors.  For example - when working with a cool color scheme (say purple and green), accents of warm (orange) can be added to create a triad
Triads give vibrant, lively and interesting combinations, but can be too bold if colors compete.
Avoid using equal amounts of the colors.  Tried and true formula for Triads: One is dominant, one is secondary and one is accent                                                      
Choosing one of your three triad colors to be the dominant completely changes the overall effect. For example, an Orange / Violet / Green color plan will be much different than a Green / Orange / Violet color plan.
Example Quilts:
Red, Blue, Yellow

Red Orange, Blue Violet, Yellow Green

Yellow Orange, Red Violet, Blue Green

Interesting example of all the color schemes
  Homework for next class –August 18 
Reading        Variety                                 page 122
Project         Workshop 6        Triad Color Scheme          pages 170-175

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Analogous Results

Fanja - Blue Green through Red Orange

Fanja - Yellow Orange to Red Violet

Maureen - Yellow Green to Red Orange

Pam - Yellow to Blue (ignore the yellow for a true analogous)

Judy - Red Violet to Blue Green

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Analogous Color Schemes

The Quilter’s Studio Color Study Group                                                                  June 16, 2012
Analogous color schemes:                                                               
Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs.
·         Analogous color schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye.
·         Harmony and variety are balanced to create unity.  Analogous colors will be harmonious, but boring unless there is variety in the contrasts, proportions and/or design
·         Make sure you have enough contrast (intensity, value, pattern/texture) when choosing an analogous color scheme.
·         Choose one color to dominate, a second to support. The third color is used (along with black, white or gray) as an accent.  Avoid using equal amounts of each color

  Homework for next class –July 21 
·         Analogous – page 72
·         Harmony, Unity, Variety – pages 110-123
Project        Workshop 5  Analogous Color Scheme pages  166-169

Complex Complementary Projects

Fanja's color page and headband using split complements, blue green, yellow green and red

Judy's art quilt using analogous complementary scheme of yellow orange, orange, red-orange, red and red violet with blue green

Maureen's sketch of her planned art quilt using complex complementary color scheme

Maureen's design/color mockup using analogous complementary of orange, red orange, red and red violet with blue green

Sharon's tablerunner using the analogous complementary scheme of orange with violet, blue violet, blue, and blue green

Monday, June 4, 2012

Front Range Contemporary Quilters (FRCQ)

Some of you have heard of the large group of fiber artists known as FRCQ, who meet in Westminster on the 3rd Monday evening of each month.  They have great speakers, show and tell, fiber art news and lots of members to talk to about their art.  More info on their website
  • 3rd Monday of each month      January - November    7 PM - 9 PM
  • Westminster City Park,  Recreation Center,  10455 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, Colorado
  • Membership dues are $30 a year

Well...on July 16th, they are having their annual Desserts and Demos meeting which is FREE to guests.!  It's a good time to check out the group and learn something.    Here are some of the demos:
  • Margaret Abramshe-PhotoTransfer using images with a vintage feel or ephemera
  • Nancy Smith-Zentangles-a drawing technique that can be used for stitching technique.
  • Jane King-Painted and stamped fabric dryer sheets
  • Donna Mae-Inset circles plus other shapes
  • Moira Mallison-Tyvek-what to do with it!
  • Lea McComas-Blending threads to make realistic faces
Desserts and Demos start at 7 pm with socializing at 6:30 pm.  Also, FRCQ will host the 3rd annual SHOW & SELL at the same meeting in July.  This is an opportunity for any FRCQ member to sell handcrafted items, promote classes and workshops, or share information related to fiber art.  Starts at 4:30, finishes at 6 pm

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Complex Complements

The Quilter’s Studio Color Study Group                               April 21, 2012
Complex Complementary color schemes:                                                               
·         Like direct complementary pairs, complex complementary schemes are dynamic and exciting, but less bold/jarring than direct complements, richer looking and more sophisticated
·         Comprised of two color groups opposite each other on the color wheel
·         Many combinations for complementary!
o    Split Complement – 2 colors on either side of the complement of your color
o    Analogous Complement – 3-5 colors surrounding and including the complement of your color
o    Double Complements – 2 pairs of complements next to each other
o    Double Split Complements - 2 pairs of complements one space from each other
·         For balance, one of the colors is usually dominant, in amount and/or intensity.  Choose your main color first,then look at the possibilities for complex complements.  Use less of the other colors.


Analogous Complement (R,BG,G,YG,Y)                             Double Complements (V & Y, RV & YG)

Split Complement  (B, RO, YO)                      Double Split Complement (RO & BG, RV & YG)

 Homework for next class –June 16th 
·         Split, Double,Double Split & Analogous Complements – pages 68-71
·         Color Dominance – page 60
·         Classic Color Combinations– page 64
Project        Workshop 4  pages 162-165 – Complex Complements (choose one to work with)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Complementary Results

Donna's Red-violet and Yellow Green

Judy's Blue-Violet and Yellow-Orange

Ruby's Red-Orange and Blue-Green
Maureen's Blue Violet and Yellow Orange

Sharon's Red-Violet and Yellow-Green

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Color Newsletter Link

Christine Barnes, author of the The Quilter's Color Club and Color: the Quilter's Guide has a great newsletter about using color in quilts...

Friday, April 13, 2012

Hand Dyed Fabric Classes in Boulder this summer!

Lots of classes this summer
  •  Color mixing basics using primary colors - all 12 colors in pure hues, tints and shades - cost $45    Sat Jun 23 or Sat Jul 14  1-4:30pm
  •  Shibori - 10 + different techniques including Arashi (pole wrapping)  - cost $45 Sun Jul 15 1-4:30 pm
  •  Sampler of Dyeing Techniques - Tray Dyeing, Low Water Immersion, Flat Dyeing  - cost $45  Sat Aug 11  1-4:30pm
  • Sampler 2 - Resist dyeing, Overdyeing, Using thickened dyes, Discharging - cost $45   Sun  Aug 12  1-4:30pm
  • Free style Dye Day - anything you want to do - cost $40  Sat Jul 28   1-4:30pm
Call or send me an email to reserve your place and get a supply list
Cynthia  (

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Complementary Colors Workshop

The Quilter’s Studio Color Study Group           March 17, 2012
Complementary color schemes:                                                                
·         Exciting scheme because of high contrast in color
·         2 colors opposite each other on color wheel, Complements enhance each other.
·         6 pairs of complements:  red/green, yellow/violet, blue/orange, red-violet/yellow green, yellow-orange/blue-violet and red-orange/blue-green
·         Color contrast is strong, so value contrast is less important in providing definition of the elements of your design
·         For balance, one of the colors is usually dominant, in amount and/or intensity
·         Add neutrals and/or a range of color intensity, value, pattern or textural contrasts for variety
·         When using pure hues, keep the classic ratios in mind
o    ¼ Yellow   to  ¾ Violet  (same for yellow-orange/blue violet)
o    2/3 Blue to 1/3 Orange (same for blue-green/red orange)
o    ½ Red to ½ Green (same for red violet/yellow green)
·         2 complementary colors mixed together make brown or gray
·         Complementary colors are also opposites in temperature– warm and cool are in each complementary pair.

  Homework for next class –April 21st 
·         A Look at Each Color – pages 24 to 49
·         Contrast of Hue – page 103
·         Cold/Warm Contrast – page 105
·         Complementary Contrast – page 106

·         Workshop 3  pages 154-161 – Complementary : Use 2 colors opposite from each other on the color wheel
·         Optional – Play with your Color Journal

Example Quilts

Red-Violet & Yellow Green

Blue Green & Red-Orange

Monochromatic Project Results

Some really great results of the Monochromatic color scheme study...good job every one of you!
Donna's Orange

Fanja's Yellow-Green

Lynn's Blue

Maureen's Blue

Melanie's Blue

Pam's Yellow

Ruby's Blue-Green
Judy's Red-Orange

Sharon's Red Violet

Judy's Red-Violet