Heather Thomas

Quilt Artists Guide to Color

Heather Thomas
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Quilt artist Heather Thomas introduces you to the system of interacting color. Using a selection of small quilts and other artwork, Heather begins an exploration of the color wheel, the color scale, visual and tactile textures, value, intensity, saturation, visual temperature and more. She will also show you some tools to have on hand that will make learning about color easier and talk about how to set up your creative space and how to arrange you color media, be it fabric, beads, paint etc., so that it is easy to see and use.
Heather shows you how most color wheels are organized. She will help you understand how all colors are formed from the primary colors of red, yellow and blue as she introduces the idea of secondary and tertiary colors. At the same time she will teach you all about the color scale, which includes color in its pure hue, tints, tones and shades.
This lesson is about that overused and often misunderstood word; value. Heather will instruct you how to paint out or use fabric to create value scales as you learn how the inherent value of a color affects how it works in combination with other colors.
This lesson is all about visual and tactile texture and learning how to use them to create movement, rhythm, surface tension, dominance and so much more. Heather will help you understand how what is printed on the surface of a fabric or its visual texture, can affect the piece and in turn the viewer.
Here is where the fun begins. In this session, Heather will introduce you to the 12 colors in the color system. You will create color scales for each one using paint or fabric.
To help you understand how colors play off of and with each other, Heather will guide you through some exercises: working with neutrals, monochromatic play, exploring direct complements, working with complex complements, using analogous runs, playing with triads and creating with tetrads.
In this final lesson, Heather will introduce you to the idea of working toward a sense of balance in each new piece you create. She will show you how color can come into play as you are striving to create a balanced and unified piece of work and how you can use value and color scale to increase variety.
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8 Lessons
2  hrs

Why study color theory? Color is energy, and the best way for you to control that energy is to learn to harness it. Just like people, colors behave differently in combination with other colors. The system of how colors interact is based on centuries-old theories that stand to this day, even as we add new and intriguing information about how light is seen by the human eye, how our brains interpret it, and how color affects the human psyche.

Learning to harness the energy of color, understanding the interaction of colors and becoming acquainted with as many varieties of color as possible will make it easier and more enjoyable for you to make beautiful, interesting and successful quilts, jewelry or whatever kind of art your heart desires.

So, come along with instructor and quilt artist Heather Thomas as she introduces you to a system that just might rock your world.

Heather Thomas

Heather is a mixed media fiber artist with a passion for color and a dedication to teaching. After a decade of making original yet traditional work, she began venturing out toward art quilting, embellishments, and mixed media work. With more than 12 years of studying and teaching color and design under her belt, she wrote her second book, A Fiber Artists’ Guide to Color & Design, which came on the heels of her very popular first book, Fabric Embellishing: The Basics & Beyond. In 2011 Heather was a guest writer for Quilting Arts magazine with a multi-part feature on Free Style Machine Quilting. She also participates in group and individual instructional DVDs produced by the Creative Crafts Group. You can visit Heather’s blog at heatherthomasblog.blogspot.com.

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