Peagler, Maria. “Breaking Boundaries in a Quilter’s Color Journal.” Quilter’s Newsletter. February/March 2011. p. 46-47.
I love this article about color! The author starts out with the quote, “A formulaic approach to color, although technically correct, can leave a quilter wondering why her quilt looks like the color chart in a paint store.” Hmm…yep! I’ve thought that! Sometimes I like to design a quilt using a designers’ palette of colors, sometimes I like to do scrappy. It’s the scrappy quilts that get me in trouble with color. If I use a collection of fabrics that are designed to coordinate, then I often feel like my quilt came from a paint store.
I’ll admit, I’ve never used a color journal before. I’m not much on journaling of anything…that’s why blogging can be so hard… This journal, though, I can see a need for! I might not use the exact type of journal that she advocates for, but modify it by using some sort of photo album, scrap book, etc.
I can see an album of patterns and fabric swatches for quilts I am in the process of making or plan to make in the future. The author states that a color journal gives us the opportunity to play and discover our own creative potential that can help us make our quilts uniquely our own. I like that!
She lists 5 tips to help jump-start your color vision:
- Adorn the cover of your journal with fabric, photos, or magazine clippings. Make it inviting!
- Collect photos and magazine clippings with colors you like and pate them in your journal.
- Select a journal page, identify the main colors and choose matching fabric swatches from your stash. Paste the swatches in your journal to create a fabric palette.
- Be sure that your fabric palette includes a variety of lights and darks. Doing this will add greater contrast to your quilt design.
- Use a color wheel to analyze and understand your fabric palette. Arrange your stash using the wheel and note what you have in abundance and what is lacking. (p. 47)
Would love to hear about any sort of journal you keep. I have often wished I kept a journal of quilts I had already completed along with scraps of fabric as a memory keepsake. It would be nice to see how far I’ve progressed as a quilter.
So…do you keep a journal? Would love to hear about it!
Until next time,