In any case, back to Color Magic for Quilters and this week's color harmonies. We're gettin' bizzy and inviting all sorts of colors to the party!
Skip, Skip, Skip to My LouSo in this week's first harmony, we're hopping around the color wheel on one foot and picking up every other color to use in our project.
This is a good harmony for you indecisive folks out there.
The technical term for this one, if you want to impress the troops at an upcoming holiday party, is "full range of alternates." Doesn't that make it sound all scientific-artsy?
I rather arbitrarily started with green and started hopping, which gave me green, blue, purple, red, orange, yellow. (My red looks a little purpley here but trust me, it's red.)
I could see this as a baby quilt, of course. Lots of fun contrast. I could also see doing a scrap quilt with this in a wide range of values--my colors here are all pretty saturated because it's faster for me to put together these harmonies that way. If I wanted to futz with it, I'd have some tints in there (those are hues with white blended in) to soften it up. Maybe even go all Easter Egg on it with a range of pastels. If you used shades (hues with black blended in) you'd be heading into Amish country.So, some definite possibilities there.
Meet the Angles
Colors on a triangle, which you may know as a "triad," is more familiar. These colors are naturally balanced--nature loves a triangle.
We're probably most familiar with the primary color triad: red, yellow, and blue. Can you say, "baby's room?"
There are, of course, the secondary color triad (orange, green, and violet), and the tertiary color triad (yellow-orange, blue-green, and red-violet).
Margarita, anyone? There's not even any snow on the ground yet where I live and already I'm thinking of tropical beaches.
The Angles Bring a Friend
I jumped across from red to pick up green.
For the Ives wheel, I went across from the turquoise to pick up orange.
Now I want a mojito. And a beach chair.