Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet.
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Can you imagine if our world was devoid of color? A black and white existence? In the movie Pleasantville the main characters find themselves trapped in a black and white TV show set in the seemingly idyllic 1950’s. It’s only when they begin to experience raw emotions and raise questions about what lies beyond what they know that we see color brighten, enhance and expand their world.
I made these squares to demonstrate different ways to create harmony. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about the purple, orange and green, but the wheel doesn’t lie, and in fact it has grown on me! In addition to the themes the wheel generates, nature is an outstanding source for telling us what colors go together. A walk in the woods, a sunrise or sunset, plants and animals - they all offer us suggestions for making the most of our colors. When you think about it, nature is the true source of our color - sun reflecting through drops of water to create a rainbow, and dyes made from plants are at the root of all we enjoy today!
It's fun to see the colour combinations. Your monochromatic choices are particularly pleasing to me. I think intensity of hue has an important role to play as well. Fair Isle is another fun way to play with colour and contrast.
Thank you so much for writing this article! I worked with colours and tried to sell my Crochet products in a fleemarkt. But it was not so successful. One of my friend told me, that she was afraid that my colour combination is not so attractive. I was searching for information about colours and then just saw this article in time! Thank you!
Such a wonderful and complete post, thank you so much! I fondly remember learning about the complexities of color in my high school art class, it was definitely my favorite lesson! I love how you are using your new knowledge of granny squares to explore this.
Holy Crap..you've gone and dragged me into the color world..and made it very interesting...I might owe a few people apologies cuz they follow the color wheel for everything in their lives ie: My friend paid good money to have her colors done..what? Only wear clothes in their color group...etc... Now I see how pervasive color is in one's life..
when i started reading this post I thought of the book "The Giver" by Lois Lowry... A book IMHO should be on every school's reading list at some point in a kids life..
thanks for a wonderful series..
Interesting post, I looked at my colour loves a few months ago and it's funny how I don't always work with colours I love, but then I do like all sorts of combinations. The thing I like about grannys, that ven in their limited stitches, you can produce so many variations with changing just a few small things.
Robin, I sent you a private message on Ravelry. Please look for me there as tracyann3369.
Basically, I'm loving your blog and begging you to guest write an article for me. My website has a section about the use of color but comes up embarrassingly short on any valuable content about the color wheel. I never learned to use one so have very little to offer regarding the tool.
You can reach my on Ravelry or email me directly firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to hearing from you!
WOW! I enjoy reading your articles so much, I am terrible with colours and I normally play it safe, and often I find that what I like in yarn doesn't always transform well in projects, that's why I hardly ever do colourwork, LOL. Thanks for your well thought and well written post!
What a great experiment with color. I love the tertiary color square.
I am writing this note because I do not know where to begin. I would
like to crochet a little more. I do very little. Have always loved granny
squares. Can you tell me where to begin?.
I tried "The granny square color pattern generator", but i couldn't print "my blanket" .Do you know how can i do this?
your blog is very interesting, I will visit again in the next article
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