Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Investigating colour

I have periodically had trouble recognizing differences in value.  Those differences are sometimes quite subtle.  Perhaps some of you have too.  For example, is red darker in value than blue; is blue darker in value than violet.

In a previous post I mentioned that I was taking an online course from the Gail Harker Center.  It is absolutely amazing what discoveries can be made when you play with a bit of paint and start mixing.

An exercise that we had to do for our studies involved creating a gray scale.  It will help with deciphering value of different colours. Here is the scale that I created.
I have nine values from white to black.  The holes punched in the scale will help when placed over a piece of fabric.  If the fabric is very similar in value to one of the scales, I will be able to determine the value of that fabric in comparison to another.  Something that will come in very handy when selecting fabrics for .... hmmm...let's say a Lone Star quilt.

Must get back to playing.  Till the next time.


What Comes Next? said...

what a great idea! and what a great grey scale you created. Have fun playing!

Quilt Rat said...

I have done a similar exercise to create a value "chart"......but the punched hole idea is brilliant!

Vicki Miller said...

One idea I got from laura kemshall is to cut squares of the different values in a photo you are drawing and use them to see how your value compares to the true value by sliding it over the drawing

Quiltingranny said...

Fantastic idea, love it as I cannot pick color values very well!