Saturday, March 17, 2012

New Lessons in Colour

I've been reading Sidewalk Art by Julie Kirk-Purcell.  It's about using pastels to draw on the pavement and the art form that it has become.

I learned some new things about colour that could be applied to dyeing and quilting.

1. Mixing the primary colours together produces a warm to cool dark grey.
2. Analogous colours (next to each other) have similar levels of light waves
3. Complementary colours (opposite each other) have light waves that are mathematically opposite to each other.  That is why they 'show each other off'.
4. Mixing complementary colours together, results in grays or browns as the opposing light rays cancel each other out.
5. Mixing colours lowers the intensity level of the original colour.
6. When you add white (tint), or black (shade) to a colour, you cause it to shift a little into the cool spectrum - green or blue.  This changes the temperature of a colour.
7. If you mix in gray to a colour, you create a tone which doesn't change the temperature.
8. The less intense a colour, the further in on the colour wheel it is.

That's a lot to have learned and recognise from 4 pages.

I'd recommend this book - the artwork is simply beautiful.  Thank you Julie!

Sunday, March 11, 2012


This morning I was up from 1 - 4am drawing a design for quilting something I painted on fabric a year ago.  The original is a drawing by an american artist - Henry Dixon.  I was really drawn to it. Sunday is a sewing day with the girls so I'm going to practice some machine quilting before I start on the actual work.  The technique is to put tracing paper over the thing you want to quilt and draw the quilting lines.  I tried this a year ago with this piece, but couldn't get the right feel.  The lines were too 'hard', too angry.

This morning they were just softer, a bit like isobars.  So the man is more gentle energy, and I'm wanting to convey, tension, the moment before he looks up and expresses himself, so that when you look at this piece its like you know he is going to look at you and speak.  There are images (and the story) on my blog Intuitive Textile Journeys, if you are interested in knowing more.  The final drawing changed ... several times through the process. 

Drawing this was a really interesting process, like it had a life of its own with what lines wanted to be present and where.

We'll see how the quilting goes.