As a quick refresh, during Week 1 we talked about symptoms of color trouble (how do you know when you’re having trouble?) and the causes of color trouble. In Week 2, we started to tackle color trouble by beginning to add tools to our Playful Color Toolbox.
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Using the Personal Color Wheel to choose colors for new projects
In the past, without a personal color wheel, I have struggled with putting together colors quickly. I discovered that having a go to Color Wheel has streamlined the color choosing process and let’s me get to the fun part – the sewing. As I mentioned on Tuesday, you can use your Personal Color Wheel to help you generate palettes quickly for new rainbow quilts. And it can help you choose the colors when there are fewer or greater than 12 colors. For example, Rainbow Jacks calls for 16 colors.
On my very first ever Facebook live, I demonstrated how I use the Personal Color Wheel to choose my palette for a pastel version of Jacks. (Subscribers: grab your copy of Rainbow Jacks in the Free Pattern section of the BHQ Resource Library.)
Once I have my pastel color wheel drafted, I can quickly pull fabrics from my stash and get to sewing. Aren’t those fabrics pretty!
And the best part is that choosing the color this way makes it so much quicker and easier. Yah!
The Playful Color Month Goal
My goal for you this September is to start you on the path away from “Color is hard and I can’t do it” to “Color is hard, but I have some tools to work with Color.” (I love that gif!)
I’ve struggled in the mires of color for years. As I fought my color battles I learned lots of color tricks. And I am here to share them with you so that you can maximize your creative fun time.
And by now I hope you are seeing the potential of my Playful Color Toolbox and are getting excited about playing with color!
Playful Color Toolbox
So far we’ve added three ways to play with color to our Playful Color Toolbox. Yah!
1. Playful Color Tool: The best way to use big, busy, bold fabrics is to reign in the chaos by organizing your quilt either by pattern or color.
2. Playful Color Tool: a Framework for Mixing Fabrics
3. Playful Color Tool: Personal Color Wheelhouse
Tomorrow I’ll be hosting a live event where I show you how I pull fabrics using my Personal Color Wheel for the new(ish) free pattern, Rainbow Jacks. You can join in live in my Facebook Group.
Next week, I’ll be showing you some of my personal favorite supplies I use to explore color and the Fall Session of Playful Color Theory for Quilters will start. I hope to share more details very soon!
If you are loving these Playful Color Tools and you want more, you’ll love my online workshop launching at the end of the month, Playful Color Theory for Quilters. Registration is now open (newsletter friends, wait for the discount code in your inbox before registering!) for the Fall session and will close on September 30th.
This workshop is a great resource to learn more about color theory and to add more tools to your Playful Color Toolbox. Specifically you’ll be learning alllll my tools in that workshop, should you choose to enroll. In the meantime, enjoy the video.
Schedule of Events
Subscribe to the Playful Color Month Emails
As a reminder here’s the schedule of events and please remember this plan is a bit fluid because of my life transitions. (I just can’t wait to be perfectly settled to share this awesome stuff with you!)
Tuesday September 4 – My Top 9 Symptoms of Color Trouble – Do you have a problem?
Thursday September 6 – The 2 Root Causes of Color Mistakes
Tuesday September 11 – How to use Busy, Loud, but GORGEOUS Prints
Thursday September 13 – How to Mix Fabric Lines for a Custom Look
*New(ish) Free Pattern this week!*
Tuesday September 18 – The Color Secret Artists use to Maximize Creativity
Thursday September 20 – Using the Personal Color Wheel to plan Rainbow Jacks (I’m planning on a live event!) (You are here!)
Tuesday September 25 – My Favorite Playful Color Tools
Thursday September 27 – I’m sharing and demoing live (I think!) one of the painting exercises from the Playful Color Theory for Quilters online workshop.
Next steps after Playful Color Month
Registration for the Fall Session of Playful Color Theory for Quilters is now open and will close September 30th.