Choosing a color palette

Posted by Elizabeth Barton on 16 May 2016 | 0 Comments


As I see it there are two ways to choosing a palette – one is to be rather technical and methodical and work from the color wheel, deciding whether or not your palette will be analogous (3 or 4 colors adjacent on the color wheel), or complementary (two colors (and perhaps their neighbors) opposite each other on the color wheel).

The other way to choose a palette is a little more direct. I have always recommended that you keep a color inspiration folder (real or virtual). I suggest that every time you see a picture (whether a painting or a photograph) where the selection of the colors really resonates with you – regardless of the subject of the image)…. print it out and keep it. Or, take a photograph and print it out. As I look out of my study window as I write this, because I am talking about color, I have become aware of the immense range of greens and neutral colors I can see… so I will just get my camera and take a picture! Click! That is one for the color inspiration folder.

.... Elizabeth Barton

This is a snippet taken from Elizabeth's online workshop "Basic Dyeing for Quiltmakers" and here are some photos of past student's achievements.


About Basic Dyeing for Quiltmakers: If you’ve never dyed before, this is the class to take. If you have taken a class but ended up feeling confused about the whole process, this is the class to take. If you have taken a class, and felt like it was all too much work, this is the class to take! If you have taken a class and had wimpy or muddy results, this is the class to take! If you have read about a class where you had to dye thousands of little square samples before you could even think about what you needed to make that quilt you have in mind, this is the class to take! If you want to be able to dye a reasonable approximation of any color you see anywhere, this is the class to take! In five lessons, I explain the process of hand dyeing in simple, safe, clear, easy to remember terms. Read more....

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