Will I do it?
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Sometimes I just love the way colours play together. (I think by the look of it some cats played on this rug too by the amount of cat hair!) Here is a section from my journal rug where I hooked a colour and a shape for every day for a month! It was fun!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Colour Trouble Shooting
Why don’t my colours look good together?
You might not have taken care to pick the colour that will cover the greatest area first, if you do this you can play colours off that first pick and proceed knowing they work together and with the leading lady.
Stick to a theme, if your colours are Caribbean, stick with that, if they are Victorian always choose from the theme's colour palette. Don’t throw something crazy in, that includes poison... be mindful of poison, don’t use the same poison in your Victorian palette as the Caribbean one. Feel free to be artful and whimsical just not ugly. The answer you seek is probably staring at you from part of the rug already hooked. Remember your leading lady is the most important, beware of the domino effect, change too many things and you may lose your original colour theme.
My rug looks BLAH
Did you pay attention to colour temperature ? It is important to balance this. A rug with all cool colours lacks heart and passion, one that’s all hot will burn your eyes up ! You need the sweet relief of a cool colour.
Do you have a balance of light, dark and medium? Do you actually recognize these when you see them? THere are free lessons as part of The Welcome Mat membership to help you discover this.
This is all important !!! Don’t be afraid to use extremes.
I know its wrong but I can’t fix it!!
Here are the things I do.
Look carefully at the rug, determine if it is a value problem ( light/ dark, contrast is so important to create a beautiful rug,) a saturation problem ( how bright or dull colours are ) or a temperature ( do you need a cool or warm yellow , red, blue, green brown orange etc. ) problem. There are only those three categories for criteria.
All colours have special friends who make them look amazing. There are billions of choices, be sure not to settle when you are planning with colours. There is always a good- better- best scenario.
I spend a lot of time working with colour. Get yourself some coloured pencils, markers, paints , crayons, whatever you feel comfortable with to use. No one need see these experiments. Also I like paint chips, to mix and match and explore with. Look at layouts in expensive magazines, fabric, web sites to see effective and non effective colour interplay. Figure out what colours you like, then look at the different variations in that colour family for inspiration. Look around you. Be a student of nature , the best and most balanced use of colour is outside!!I cannot stress enough to PLAY PLAY PLAY with colour everyday to gain confidence and inspiration.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Here is Vogue yesterday....
Still working on the possibilities! I couldn't hook today, we are back to a full complement for Thursday hook-in. Love that special wonder of hookers making their magic here, it is splendid and juicy to see the creative camaraderie.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
What time is it ?
What time of year ?
What is the weather?
This is what you need to know about executing a good pictorial.
The light from the sky lights up or darkens the rest of your picture, it is NOT the last thing to decide but the first.
All other colours in the piece will “bounce “ off the sky.
Often in sunsets and sun rises, the sun glow colours are the direct opposite of the sky colours. You might get an apricot colour in a blue sky, a golden one in a lavender sky. Use this trick to get skies that are “ real looking”.
Blue - how often is the sky really really blue ?
Much more often than we realize, we get jaded looking at it all the time and we are focused on the horizon which is lighter than if we looked up into the sky.
What other colours can the sky be? List them on a page ti expand your ideas.
Unless a storm approaches or some other weather anomaly the horizon is always lighter.
What about clouds ?
For some reason hookers are not very good at clouds. We want to hook straight across when we do skies and we lose some vitality when we do this, we cannot provide depth to our sky.
We also often choose the wrong colours for clouds, using things that do not suit the sky colour well. Using various values of blue to white will depict light clouds. Make sure the colours of your sky suit the rest of your picture.
A cloud that is back lit with rays requires the cloud be dark gray made by dyeing blue with back. The edges of this cloud would be very light.
Skies need many colours of blue even if they are very close, we need to depict more lively skies in our rugs, ones that denote LIFE and DEPTH.
Clouds might be fluffy and pink there might be 7 or 8 colours in these clouds. Try laying out stripettes on your sky colour in a gathered up ball to see if they look cloudy to you, squint your eyes, does everything look like it belongs ?
Clouds need dark unpinnings, this is where they are glued onto the atmosphere.
Think about hooking ROUND ish lines in your clouds. Clouds far away will have more shadows, more emphasis on the bottoms less on the tops. These distant clouds will be closer to the horizon line, not as tall as they disappear and not contain as many values.
Hazy skies are indicated by unfocusing the landscape as its disappears into the distance. Do this with colour!! Duller and lighter as shapes recede, create soft edges with close values.
Use dark clouds with brilliant lights peeking through, be adventuresome.
Autumn skies might have a slight greenish cast.
Night skies can be violet,teal, green,purple,navy.... don’t forget to colour your moon to compliment the sky....violet sky - golden moon, teal sky ? red orange moon. Weather is cold? Make your moon cool colours.
Even skies we see that look lined or stacked up have thicker and thinner bands.
Start really looking at and studying skies, make quick sketches so you might remember them. Nature offers us up panorama each and every day. Get inspired by it.
Water will reflect like a mirror if it is still.
The sky is like a bowl, sometimes if we see water at eye level it reflects the horizon, if we see it from above , it is very dark blue because it reflects to upper atmosphere. You need to really look at the shape of the water you depict in a rug, and the view of it. Is the water a thin oval ? Then it will reflect the horizon probably ?
Is it close to the viewer, what is the vantage point?
This will dictate what part of the sky it reflects.
Because water is often a mirror it can be many , many colours including black!!
Slowly running water needs needs patches of high lights and darks, if it is shallow we will see the creek bed here and there. Hook these types with short patches, no need to use up a whole stripettes in a line.
Quickly running water will need lots of rich ( containing colours ) grays and whites with hooking strokes indicating movement.
It needs curves and highlights.
Reflections of plants and buildings, need to be broken up somewhat to show a slightly rippled wind ruffled surface.
If the water is still do a mirror image with the colours slightly duller in the reflection.
Water around rocks is lighter and will ripple around, use hooking direction to achieve this.
A summer day with sun glinted surface on a lake requires very bright (perfectly white) highlights.
I often provide distance with water by decreasing the strip width as I move away toward the horizon. I also decrease water movement by flattening out the curves I use slightly.
How to Separate Sky from Water.
It does not take much to do this but there is no magic bullet for success every time, trial and error teaches you a lot.
I leave the horizon to the end , it is usually the last thing I do.
I try out colours by laying strips into the space I’ve left until I find the right one.
You can rely on a distant shore to provide a break.
You can also make sure your water varies in saturation or slight value from your sky.
Look at water of all types in nature, from puddles to oceans, learn from this capture the water with photos. Study them to enrich your rugs.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
"When I painted it, it was just another painting, but now I know it's a very spiritual painting, it shows something deeper. My father and my mom opened a gate for me to go through. The pyramid shows all of the generations that got me to where I am. I think about my own kids, wondering if I will be able to honor the pyramid of those who came before me by making a gate as easy to pass through, as brilliant as this for my children to go through."