Understanding color is not something that always come naturally to everyone, but it is something that can be taught.  This week during a local club I teach we discussed color theory.  We had a very good discussion and because of our talk I though it would be good to post some of our lesson.

 

 Color Wheel with triangle, square and rectangle.

Color Wheel with triangle, square and rectangle.

If you are a quilt and looking to learn more about color theory think about these options:

1. A quilt with two colors, on the color wheel you could us complimentary colors that are opposite on the color wheel. Yellow and violet or red and green would be examples of complimentary colors.

2. If you are going to make a quilt with three colors, look at using the Triadic colors that form the triangle. Blue, yellow and red would be examples of the triangle/Triadic color way.

 

 You can use any color variation with regards to values, light or dark. This color wheel shows the variation of each color on the wheel.

You can use any color variation with regards to values, light or dark. This color wheel shows the variation of each color on the wheel.

Keep in mind if you us two colors it could be multiple fabrics in the same color.  This will give a bigger value in your quilt.

 Here are six ways for you to try playing with color.  This about an exercise of making 6 blocks with the different color ways seen above.

Here are six ways for you to try playing with color.  This about an exercise of making 6 blocks with the different color ways seen above.

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