…and more liberated than I have ever been. I feel good, refresh, and replenished today after facing the giant…‘Titanic’ would have been a tortuous experience altogether. A heartfelt Thank-You to everyone for your beautiful comment and well wishes. I reminded myself “Never lose your sense of wonder.” I won’t. I promise! The “trouble” has been zipped and tossed in the Deschutes river after strolling the riverfront this morning. I digress…now back to the normal programming here in Handstitch playland.
I decided to point my attention into color today. Why not? A good splash of color will spice up any day, gloomy or not.
Is picking colors intimidating? It can be. For me, it is more often than not. I recalled, as first-time gardener, I chose plants ‘cuz they looked pretty at the nursery. I bought plants, took them home, and put them somewhere in my first flower garden back when I lived in the Bay Area, not knowing much about what I planted, only that I liked what I saw.
As I became more and more proficient with plants and my garden, I started to become a bit more particular.
Some gardeners are attracted to one or two particular plants and may fill their landscape with their favorites.
Others may look more towards the overall shape of the landscape and textures, filling it with a conglomeration of trees, shrubs, and flowers.
Some may crowd anything and everything into whatever space is available.
But eventually, like all gardeners, I had to step back and look at the one thing that is most intimidating in the garden, yet so fascinating, that I couldn’t ignore it no matter how hard I tried, and, that one thing was color.
Whenever I talked about color, people started to bandy about terms like theory, primary, secondary, tertiary and neutral…cool colors, warm colors, contrasting colors in various tones, hues, values and intensity. My head would spin trying to take it all in at once. It is no wonder that color can be intimidating!
The experienced ones don’t pay much attention to all of the terms, however. They basically just know what they like. Their gardener’s eye tell them what they should, or could, be doing in their gardens for their constant improvement. A garden is never really complete, is it? Changes are inevitable year after year. There is never a point where I may simply stop and declare it finished. Color is an area I really can’t wrap my mind around. Here is something to consider. Find one thing that I like and decorate around it. It not only helped me in making choices in my home, my garden, but in my craft too.
Another interesting tool I recently stumbled on to is a color palette generator. To satisfy my curiosity, I delved in it today for some design work in the work…here are some promising examples.
What do you think? Helpful? Or a scratch? Do you use a generator?
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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