Choosing a batch of colours that sit together can be a bit frustrating at times. For people who paint and sketch they can often see a good colour scheme in life, directly in front of them.To my mind this is an easy way to discover colour. Textile artists often let the materials indicate the colour scheme. So a quilter will choose a patterned fabric and select colours found within that print and match threads and accessories to those colours.
But what does a designer do? How does the designer who created that fabric print come up with some fresh colour schemes? How can you come up with fresh colour schemes?
The interactive learning unit at ILU has designed an excellent colour calculator for designers. This is code, for me saying there is a fun designers toy to play with.
The Color Calculator is simple to use. You choose a base colour, then select a harmony. Simple! As you ‘play’ with this online tool and ‘playing’ with the complementary, monochromatic colour, analogous, split complements, triadic and tetradic colour schemes you can see how they each work.
The slider on the left will shift the key ie the saturation and you can either print or save as pdf via your printer settings.
Scroll down the page to read about the basics of colour theory. If you have never done any art training these basics will prove very useful if you have a reminder never does any harm and then your ‘play’ with Color Calculator will consolidate what you know.
As you can see with Spring her in Australia I am in Summerish mood! Now could these be the colours of new website? Mmm … thinks to self candy ice cream colours could be fun …
Have you ever wondered how much water can be added to acrylic paint without destabilizing it? Here Michele Theberge demonstrates how much and explains what underbinding is why it is important and how it is the difference between a painting that will last and a painting that will not.
I have been doing Gay Kraeger’s Watercolor Sketching & Journaling online workshop. This is offered free as part of the Strathmore Artist online workshops series. It has been a great series of lessons that are very practical
The Strathmore Artist workshops consist of four video lessons and pdf files that contain notes. They are self-paced which is the way I have been treating them. You can You participate when you want. If you have a busy life I think a guilt free method of developing skills is needed. However, if you do the workshops during the workshop period, the teachers are do respond to questions – not all as classes are large but then it is also a free resource so I think expecting too much from a teacher is unreasonable. That said, students can share their work and chat in the workshop gallery.
Why am I telling you about this now as it is about to finish? I have just noticed this little announcement on the website …
“Instructors participate in classroom discussions the first 4 weeks after the workshop opens. Although Gay will no longer be posting and interacting in this workshop, you can continue to join and participate in this workshop through December 31, 2014.”
So you have until the end of the year to take part in a very good series of lessons.
In order to participate in online workshops you need to create a student account and then log in to view the videos.
I notice the December 31st close off point applies to all three workshops. The the Strathmore Artist online workshops series are all free so you have nothing to lose. In fact I think there is always something to learn and discover and I certainly picked up some good tips!
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