This weekend I got my August/September 2011 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. Inside is my five-page article entitled “Color Confidence: Master Color Theory with an Easy Wall Hanging.” In it I explain basic color theory in easy to understand terms. My goal is for quilters to become more comfortable and confident in their color combinations. It also explains one way to use a color wheel.
While commercial color wheels are extremely helpful, I encourage you to make your own out of fabric swatches, if you haven’t done so already. Just the process of sorting through and choosing the perfect color for each space on the color wheel helps you learn how to be more sensitive to the subtle differences between similar shades.
I also encourage you to make a simple wall hanging to help yourself remember some basic color schemes. The article shows one way to do this. Or, if you prefer, you can make a more geometric version in a vertical format. Or, you can make a playful window valance for your studio.
I hope you’ll like the article. If you read it, I’d love to hear feedback.