We also worked with color in fabric paints. We painted some color wheels in class, and I have continued to paint them over the past month. For every color on the color wheel, we painted a color wheel showing that color blended into black and then white.
Before I took the class, I wasn't convinced that I would benefit from painting color wheels. I felt pretty comfortable with color before going into the class, because I have always mixed my dyes and paints from primary colors. I was surprised by how valuable I found the color wheels to be. Here are few of my observations.
- Trying to get a color wheel that was as close to the true primaries as possible was difficult. I tried three times before I felt good about my results.
- Mixing a color with white really shows any undertones in a color. And mixing with black can yield some unexpected results. Yellow turned green when black was added.
- It was very helpful to have the experience of painting different values of a color. It is harder than it looks to achieve an even color gradation from light to dark.
Another study we did was to blend complements together. That was very helpful for me, since I typically use more subdued colors. Now I know what colors to mix to achieve a wider range of earthtones. I'd like to repeat these studies, to try to get a smoother blend from one color to the next.The series of four pieces that we have to complete by October are also color studies. I have dyed the fabric for them and will report on my progress each week.