Hiya! Today kicks off Playful Color Month! Today we’re going to start with my list of “Top 9 Color Trouble Symptoms”. In this post you’ll discover if you have a problem with color and you’ll start on the path to fixing your color trouble.
For many people, myself included, choosing color can be a royal pain! Let me be the first to tell you, even though I’ve written two books (one with a color theme!), hosted a monthly column about choosing color palettes (in Love Patchwork and Quilting), and been known for my use of color, I still struggle with color.
Do you too suffer from color trouble like me? Read on to discover whether you have any of my top 9 symptoms of color trouble.
A few months ago, I saw this GIF of Snow White running away… and it perfectly summed how I felt about color at the time. I can’t remember exactly what I was choosing color for, but I sure as heck wanted to run away, ha!
It’s just that… sometimes … argh… I feel personally exhausted at the prospect of having to “come up” with another color palette. Sometimes coming up with a fresh color palette for a quilt can feel like a chore! In fact, you might be happy to know that for me, choosing color for a project can be the hardest, most time intensive part of the project. Which is why I endeavor to make it easier you guys.
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This month, for Playful Color Month, 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.”
Happily, if you too feel this way about color then I’m happy to share what I’ve found to work. So if choosing color feels like the old “what’s for dinner” question, then consider my experience as your “Recipe Book”.
My Top 9 Symptoms of Color Trouble:
Like me, you too may be experiencing symptoms of color trouble if:
- You often give up on a project because the color wasn’t what you expected or you didn’t like it.
- You always order a kit.
- Or you always only use fabric from one fabric line.
- You think color should be easy but don’t understand why it’s not.
- You have lots and lots of patterns or plans for quilts, but have a hard time starting them because you can’t decide on the color.
- You don’t feel like you’ve got a great grasp on the basics of color theory.
- You’d rather do laundry (or some other dreaded chore) than choose fabrics for a new project.
- You feel like you’re in a color rut and you want to do something different.
- Or, if anything color related makes you feel as tired and overwhelmed as our pals Snow White or Barney Fife.
Experiencing any or all of these symptoms is completely normal. For example, it’s incredibly easy today to choose a kit or use prescribed colors for a pattern. I do it a lot myself because sometimes just having someone else decide and do the color work is exactly what I need to enjoy sewing. But if you find yourself always relying on someone else’s color palette you may be missing out on your own color voice!
Remedies for Color Trouble
In general these color trouble symptoms can be remediated by either 1) learning more about color theory OR working through a mindset issue. Maybe going back and learning some basics for color theory would help you out. For example, knowing what the heck color values are and how can we use valuation to create a striking quilt would certainly be beneficial.
But maybe the problem isn’t in color knowledge, but rather in a mindset issue. For example, you may know all about color theory but when it comes to applying color theory you might get stuck. In that case, you’ll want to put yourself in a class or in situations where you have to practice playing with color.
The truth is color isn’t easy and there’s no magic cure for color trouble. It is completely normal to experience any or all of the Symptoms of Color Trouble. The trick is knowing how to work through the symptoms.
I’ve experienced these symptoms in my own work and happily can share my remedies for our color maladies. That’s what my Playful Color Theory workshop is all about: learning color theory and having a toolbox of “go to” color tricks to create color palettes. As we go through the rest of September, I’ll be sharing a few of these color tricks and tips.
The plan for Playful Color Month
To sum up, I want to start off Playful Color Month by sharing “My Top 9 Symptoms of Color Trouble”. Color seems like a thing that should be easy, but it can be surprisingly hard! But it doesn’t always have to be mind numbingly hard. As I’ve worked with color and experienced challenges, I’ve noted a good many quick tips and tricks that can help me generate a color scheme very quickly. As we go through the rest of September, I’ll be sharing a few of these color tricks and tips.
If you are experiencing one or more of these Color Trouble Symptoms, well then, welcome to the club! 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.”
Schedule of Events
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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? (You are here!)
Thursday September 6 – The 2 Root Causes of Color Mistakes
Tuesday September 11 – Ways to Use Those Busy, Loud, but GORGEOUS Prints and Colors
Thursday September 13 – How to Mix Fabric Lines for a Custom Look
*New(ish) Free Pattern*
Tuesday September 18 – The Color Secret Artists use to Maximize Creativity
Thursday September 20 – Using the Personal Color Wheel (I’m planning on a live event!)
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
The Fall Session of Playful Color Theory for Quilters will start late September/ early October.