Every year about this time a magical and wondrous occasion comes upon us. No, I’m not referring to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or the winter solstice. I’m referring to Pantone’s announcement of the Color of the Year! And . . . drum roll, please . . . 2013 Color of the Year for will be Emerald!
Now this is not the only color Pantone endorses . . . emerald is also part of an entire color palette for 2013. (Personally, I’m pretty excited about these colors) To learn more about Pantone and the Color of the Year, go to http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/index.aspx
Now, I’m not the only one that vacillates between thinking How dare anyone tell me what colors I should be using in my work! . . . and . . . Why am I stuck in a color rut and how do I get out? After all, I often manage okay when it comes to color . . . well, some of the time. Oh, heck! Color is something I can always work on! But, more importantly, color is something that can help sell. It can also detract or make something look dated. I remember back to the eighties when many of my friends were getting married and teal and fuchsia were popular color combinations. By the way, I didn’t go there . . . but, I do confess to loving the color combination back then . . . along with my boxy jackets and really big shoulder pads (I never did the leg warmers or finger-less gloves). Thank goodness we didn’t have digital cameras back then. There’s no evidence of my 80’s fashion adventures . . . only word of mouth.
I have met only a few fiber artists that do not feel challenged in anyway by color. My friend, Randy Darwall is one of them. But, he will also be the first person to tell you the use of color requires practice. So, how do you get practice? Well, there are some resources on-line that can give you a boost.
My very first Favorite Thing was www.colourlovers.com . . . which I still think is a wonderful resource for playing around practicing with color. If you missed this Favorite Thing, go to January 2012 of this blog to take a look at it or click on the link above. In the meantime, perhaps you’ve decided color is something to explore in 2013 . . . so, here are a few resources to give you a boost.
Color Scheme Designer – http://colorschemedesigner.com/
Below are a couple of examples of what you can do with Color Scheme Designer using Emerald, Pantone’s 2013 color of the year. The first one is an monochromatic color scheme . . . the second one is using the same color and seeing what is produced when I choose the analogous color scheme. I really like the blue and bright lime green! My mind reels with the possibilities!
Color Wizard at Color on the Web – http://www.colorsontheweb.com/colorwizard.asp
Like Color Scheme Designer, this resource allows a user to take one color . . . again, I used Pantone’s Emerald . . . and look at it in conjunction with other colors. Below, this resource shows variations in hue, saturation, and tints/shade. Plus, I included what I got when I chose a split complementary color scheme. The brown and the fuchsia were a bit of a surprise . . . but, this also gave me ideas.
Easy RGB – http://www.easyrgb.com/index.php?X=HARM
This is pretty easy to use. Enter the values for a color and it surrounds it with other colors as theme variations.
Color Blender – http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/color-blend/
For anyone interested in creating ombre-like effects (ombre refers to a gradual change of color) in their work, Color Blender can give you the midpoints between two colors. The tool allows you to set the number of midpoints (10 is the maximum) . . . but, for those that dye their own yarns or have a stash of yarn with tremendous breadth of color, this may be a fun way to create new effects.
I hope you enjoy exploring color using one or more of these resources. Getting good at color requires the same thing it takes to get to Carnegie Hall . . . Practice! Practice! Practice!
On a related note . . . This past January I started posting my favorite things and committed to posting a total of 50 of them here on my blog. I had initially planned on posting one a week . . . but, life sometimes has other plans (especially since August) . . . but, I will continue to add my favorite things here until I have at least 50 . . . and hopefully a little more often!