Monday, January 26, 2009


Now here is a question/suggestion for glass artists. Do you own a color wheel? If not, then make one or buy one and try some color theory with your work. Do you ever wonder what makes some work 'pop' and some soothe?
There is a whole psychology to color that is used in buildings, restaurants, schools. You probably know that. Like for instance, you wouldn't paint a middle school classroom red!

Anyway if you get a color wheel, then you can play with the combinations but you need to know how to use it, and then you need to start thinking of different tints and tones of each color. That's where it gets difficult.
A quilter's color wheel is a nice one to work with as it shows tints and tones.

Try using analogous color groups. Which means the colors are 'friends'. They are next to one another on a color wheel. Make one of those colors transparent. For instance, transparent striking red, opaque orange, and coral. Beautiful.
Now want to make it 'pop'? Add a compliment. (Gee you smell good haha) A complimentary color is across the color wheel from it's partner.
So the complement of coral is turquoise, or the complement of red is green. Add some dots of that complement and see what you think.

:-) color class is now over for the day.

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