I spent last weekend facilitating a workshop focused on mixing dyes from primary colors. (Yes, that's where my last blog post came from. I've had color mixing on my mind for the past week.) It's a class that I love to teach and I learn something each time I do.
We used primary colors to make a color wheel in light, medium and dark values. Then we mixed each color with its complement to obtain a collection of low intensity colors and browns. We also overdyed each of the primary and secondary colors with each of the others.
|A finished set of color wheel swatches|
You could almost see the flash of a light bulb above everyone's head as they realized why they didn't always get the color they expected when using mixed dyes.
I think I gained a few "mix-your-own" converts. But just as important, even the non-converts felt that they gained a better understanding of how to work with their pre-mixed colors.
The workshop reminded me how much I love to experiment with color. It has inspired me to do some more color studies on my own. As I said last time, working with color is a life-long journey!