Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Fabric Color Wheel!

I am taking a class next week from Katie Pasquini-Masopust at Quilting Adventures in New Braunfels, which I have attended five other times, always in March.

We are taking acrylic paints and she's providing canvases for us to paint.  We're also to take small pieces of fabric with graphic prints, such as dots, stripes, and plaids.  Some how we're going to combine what we paint on the canvas with these graphic prints, which evidently we will also paint, once we apply the fabrics to the canvases.  Sounds interesting!

We were to come up with color schemes before we arrive, and so I've been studying books that I have that deal with the color wheel and the various color schemes.  One of these books was an older one of Katie's.  In it she suggests making a color wheel from fabrics we have in our stash.  This sounded like a great way to familiarize myself with the wheel, and so I've done just that--made a fabric color wheel.

As you can see, Katie advises finding tints and shades of all the primary and secondary colors.  For some, this was easy--the blues, greens, yellows, and reds were easy to find in my stash.  Much harder was a dark orange to accompany the true orange and a red orange to go between the true orange and the red.  Also difficult was the entire family of violets.  I've never been drawn to the purple family, though strangely, I have an entire Elfa drawer full of these colors!  I can differentiate red violet from blue violet, but the "true violet" in the middle was quite a challenge for me!  I had to take a trip to a fabric store to find some of these colors that just were not in my stash!

Anyway, this was a most informative project and I enjoyed assembling it.  Now to decide on my color schemes!

Here are the violets now, close-up!


  1. Oh what a good idea! That project of Katie's sounds like a lot of fun. I hope you will remember it in detail to post all about it. Someone in another group of mine went to the Cape for this KatiePM class and showed her work earlier this year, but I didn't get a chance to ask about it.I just saw the results. Maybe it was a bee member. Anyway, you know the class will be fabulous as hers always are. She started out as a painter and has lots of paths to lead us down!

  2. Yes, I love Katie PM and am so excited to take this second class from her! I will document every step, every day, and will no doubt blog about it on the other blog, if I can ever get that one fixed. But this exercise here--not one she instructed us to do but just one I found in one of her older books--was very helpful to me, to get the whole notion of the color wheel cemented more firmly in my mind!

  3. I'm really intrigued with the description of the Katie P-M class that you will be taking. Like Linda, am very interested in seeing "process" photos. I love your color wheel...think I will put making one of my own on my "to do" list!