Welcome back to the last day of Playful Color Month! This week I’ve been showing you how to get out of “the fabric box” by using paint to explore color.
Today’s Goal: Today, I’m showing you a demo of one of the painting exercises from my workshop, Playful Color Theory for Quilters.
Secret Colors Exercise – Quickly Generate an Awesome Palette!
This demo was filmed live yesterday in Facebook. (Yah for new tricks!) This is merely my second time hosting a Facebook Live! I’ll be honest, it’s a bit nerve wracking but it’s also fun. It’s also a quick and easy way to show off a skill, at least compared to typing out a blog post or tutorial.
Ok, on the video I’m showing the exercise I call “Secret Colors”. The idea is to mix two different colors together in varying degrees to uncover naturally coordinating colors. This is a quick way to let the paint discover the palette. Using this strategy I can save my mental energy for designing and making the quilt.
And this is the fabric pull I came up from my Secret Color color study. What a fun energizing color combo! I love this so method so much! It’s such an easy way to let the paint do the hard work of creating a color palette. The whole routine probably took me 30 minutes from start to fabric pull, which means I have lots of time for quilty fun! Love it!
If you’d like to explore color with paint, here are some art supplies you might like:
I’m using acrylic paint that is on the expensive side because I have no self control when it comes to art supplies. I’m also including a more affordable option. I like cheap brushes because my kids like to sneak off with those, so no pressure keeping nice brushes, nice. And I love palette paper!
I love my watercolors! I use the have the basic Prang watercolors to share with my kids. It’s really a nice set of watercolors for the price. The water brush pens and the watercolor cakes really feel elegant to use and they are packed with color! As for paper, I don’t usually use watercolor paper because it is rather pricey. Instead I stick with Canson Mix Media paper.
The Playful Color Month Wrap Up
Today is the last day of Playful Color Month! I’ve had such a wonderful time pouring my color knowledge into these posts to give you a sampling how Playful Color. My goal for you this September has been to move you away from thinking “Color is hard and I can’t do it” to “Color is hard, but I’ve got this.” (I love that gif!)
What do you think? Have you had any “A ha!” moments during Playful Color Month? I’d love to hear from you!
Explore Playful Color with me in my Online Workshop
If you’d like to learn more Playful Color tools and strategies, then your next step should be to join the fall session of my online workshop, Playful Color Theory for Quilters.
Color can be an incredible challenge. In my own work I’ve discovered more than a few tricks and tips, systems and routines, that have made working with color easier and more manageable. My goal in the workshop is to fully equip you with all of my Playful Color Tools and Strategies, so you can play with color in your own creative works.
Registration is now open (newsletter friends, check your latest newsletters for an exclusive coupon!) for the Fall session. Registration will close September 30th. This workshop really is a great resource to learn more about color theory and to add more tools and strategies to your Playful Color Toolbox. I’d love it if you would join our little group in the Fall session.
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And to recap, here’s the entire listing of Playful Color Month post. Come back anytime!
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
Tuesday September 18 – The Color Secret Artists use to Maximize Creativity
Thursday September 20 – Using the Personal Color Wheel to plan Rainbow Jacks (a new free pattern!)
Tuesday September 25 – Why you shouldn’t use fabric to explore color – My favorite color supplies
Thursday September 27 – Quickly Generate a Fun, New Palette Using Secret Colors (You are here!)
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.