In 2012 I posted a 21 part series on Color Theory. The problem with blogs is that you have to wade through a series of posts backwards. There’s been some new interest in these posts so with this post I’m creating a index with links to every post.
In the last episode of Color and Meaning we
explored the color Blue. I had a poll at
the end of that post asking about how you use blue in your fiber art or
quilting. Here are the results:
Today marks the end of the color theory series. I
hope you have enjoyed these posts this year. I thoroughly enjoyed the time
writing about my favorite topic: color! I’ll wrap it up today talking about the
last of the Munsell primary colors.
they're PURPLE pants," Bobby said as if that made some kind of
distinction. "Hence, I'm awesome.”
― Amanda Hocking, Wisdom
“From a political angle, I’m trying to be apolitical if you will. I
mean people say, ‘Are you a red state or a blue state?’, I say, ‘I’m purple.’ I
think there are great ideas on both sides of the aisle and neither side has
cornered the market.
If you are
a parent you will not be surprised to find out that purple is the favorite
color of 75% of pre-adolescent children. Purple was the color of the
first synthetic dye color made from coal tar. It is the color of royalty and
conveys wealth and extravagance.
Lighter purple is romantic and nostalgic. Dark
purples often evoke feelings of gloom.
Purple is generally uplifting and calming. It
can also be very spiritual and inspire creativity.
Mystery (yes, both positive and negative)
The Purple Heart is an American military award of valor
Amethyst is sacred in Tibet
The Roman Emperor wore purple as a sign of his office,
everyone else was forbidden from wearing the color
Christians associate purple with Advent and Lent
Purple people eater
Although I am looking at some purple in a quilt on my design
wall right now, I think I rarely use purple in quilts (except for scrap
quilts). Of course I made a pink and purple quilt for my niece when she was
about 8. Otherwise, I seem to avoid it. I don't hate it, it's just that I mostly make "blankets" and purple is not a common color in the decor of my friend's and family's homes. How about you, what do you think of
purple and do you use it in your quilts?
Blue is the most popular color and the color of
the most popular article of clothing. Blue symbolizes trustworthiness and
dependability, just like your favorite pair of jeans.
Blue is a calming color and symbolizes
stability, wisdom and faith. It’s the color of the sea and sky.
There are lots of shades of blue from
electric blues that are dramatic to cold blues to deep blues that are associated
with expertise and stability.
Blue is a popular color for advertising products
such as computers, airlines, water purification products and cleaning products.
It’s not popular for advertising food. Blue is the least represented color on
our dinner plates and is considered an appetite suppressant.
Blue ribbons symbolize the best and there has
been a blue room in the White House since 1837.
Blue has primarily positive meanings
In Mexico it’s the color of mourning
In China it’s associated with east and Spring
In Iran, blue-green symbolizes paradise
In India, the God Krishna has blue skin
In Catholicism, blue is associated with the Virgin Mary
Out of the blue
Once in a blue moon
In quilting, my unscientific survey of fabric that I sell,
blue is the most popular color for quilting. I guess that makes sense since we
make half our quilts for men and most of them want everything in blue.
How do you use blue? You can check all that apply.
In the last episode of Color and Meaning we explored the color Yellow. I had a poll at the end of that post asking about how you use yellow in your fiber art or quilting. Here are the results:
For this little series I am focusing on the
primaries in the Munsell color system: red, yellow, green ,blue and purple.
Next up is
Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which it’s
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
If your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously
re-examine your life.
If you refuse to be made straight when you are green, you will not be made straight when you are dry.
Green no longer just a color. Green
is also a verb. You can’t even look at a green object without imposing
ecological meaning on the object. It is associated with nature in all cultures.
Of course, in the US it’s also the color of money. In the light spectrum that
is visible to the human eye, green occupies the most space and there are more
shades of green than any other color. Greens range from chartreuse to kelly green
to blue-greens. Aqua is a blend of blue and green.
Green is universally seen as a color of safety
and the green light is the “all’s clear” signal in all cultures.
Green is the second most popular color, behind
blue, but it was the favorite of our 1st president, George
There are a wide variety of shades of greens and just
about as many meanings. Some greens are soothing and relaxing while others
convey sickness and negativity.
The Irish consider green to be lucky
Jade, in China, represents virtue
In Scotland, green is worn as a mark of honor
In religion, green is the color of resurrection and
Pea green with envy
Green around the gills
In quilting, green is everywhere. There are bright greens,
hunter greens, pea greens, aqua greens and everything in between. It seems that
every masculine quilt has either blues or greens as the primary color and you
can’t make a nature-inspired quilt without including green.
How do you use green? You can check all that apply.
In the last episode of Color and Meaning we explored the color Red. I had a poll at the end of that post asking about how you use red in your fiber art or quilting. Here are the results:
For this little series I am focusing on the primaries in the Munsell color system: red, yellow, green ,blue and purple. Next up is
"There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transfer a yellow spot into the sun."--Pablo Picasso
I think the more yellows, the more lights, the better. It alerts everybody. I mean, I guess I'm always a little bit afraid when the yellow comes out, we all get out of it, that someone won't notice it, pile into the back of you. Danica Patrick
I really just want to be warm yellow light that pours over everyone I love. Conor Oberst
Yellow is the most luminous and visible of all of the colors. Our eye processes yellow first and it’s the reason that school buses and taxicabs are yellow (or, more accurately, yellow with a little orange). Pure yellow has a very high reflective value.
When you look at a collection of yellow fabrics you will not notice a lot of “varieties” of yellow as there are with red and blue. When yellow is mixed with even the tiniest bit of blue you get green. Mix in a little red and you have orange.
Yellow stimulates mental processes and activates memory.
Yellow, as with all colors, has positive and negative connotations.
In American football an yellow flag indicates a penalty
A yellow flag indicates quarantine
In China, adult movies are “yellow movies”
In Russia the “yellow house” is the crazy house
In the Middle Ages Jews were forced to wear yellow patches as a form of identification and later generations were forced to wear yellow arm bands in the Nazi concentration camps.
Yellowbellied – cowardly
Yellow fever – a disease with jaundice as a symptom
Yellow journalism – printing news stories with the sole objective of selling more newspapers
Yellow ribbon – remembrance
Mellow yellow – relaxed
Yellow streak down your back – cowardly
In quilting, yellow has been very popular to use with gray, especially in modern quilts. But it seems to me that most people avoid using much gray. Several years ago there was a lot of mention of adding a “zinger” to your quilt. Quilts started appearing with small amounts of yellow or chartreuse green added to great effect. Too much yellow can be jarring but sometimes that’s the effect that you want.
How do you use yellow? You can check all that apply.