Geri Ann

My journey of re-creating myself

Color Theory

Learn, Learn, Learn!  If I really want to become an artist – I realized I needed some basic color theory under my belt.  I feel like all I’m doing is learning, but not making anything…that’s OK!  My big transformation is not going to happen overnight…

I’ve signed up for a class with Judy Coates Perez at the International Quilt Festival in Rosemont in April.  This will be a whole-cloth painting class.  Judy’s work is wonderful…she’s always getting published in one place or another.  Probably most often in Quilting Arts Magazine.  Well, she also teaches an online Color Theory Class (see her blog for more info, link above).  We use fabric paints (since this is the medium we’ll be using in her painting class), and mix our colors to our hearts content.

Color Wheel

Color Wheel

Only using the primary colors (red, blue and yellow), we learn to mix the entire color wheel.  Then things really start getting fun when we learn about tints, shades and tones…and mixing complimentary colors…and on and on.  Really a well-rounded class and recommended to anyone who uses color: quilters, artists, knitters, scrapbookers, etc.

We are always surrounded by color, but we are usually unaware of it…we take it for granted.  This class will help open your eyes to the colors around you.

Adding White to the Color Wheel

Adding White to the Color Wheel - Making Tints!

Speaking of color…we’ve been working with our chakras in yoga class for the past month or 2.  The chakras (Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheels of light) all have colors associated with them.  They start with red and work their way through the color wheel, ending in violet.  Anyone remember ROYGBIV?  This is the acryonym to help learn the colors in the spectrum:  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.  So, while I was meditating and picturing my prana moving through my body, all I could think of was ROYGBIV!  It appears that color theory class even applied to yoga!  Who would have thought?


March 4, 2009 Posted by | Chakras, Color Theory, International Quilt Festival, Judy Perez, Quilting Arts Magazine | | Leave a comment