Friday, October 10, 2014

Say it with Color - Off the Wall Friday

I love color.  I know that I spend a lot of time saying how important value is when I'm designing but I still love color more.  So you can imagine how happy I was that this month's topic is color.  Its fun to explore how color can be used to express the mood of a piece.  Its amazing how much you can communicate  with just picking out the right palette.

How you ask? 

 Well here are some tips. . . .

Red, Orange, Yellow - Emotional Colors - strength, energy, joy, enthusiasm, passion, etc

Notice how I used these colors to express my passion for praise - the joyfulness that I feel when I praise God.

I used Blue and Purple for a calm but rich mood

Green - freshness, rebirth, harmony, newness

Blue - water and sky - calmness or storminess - serenity and sincerity

Purple - always adds richness

White is always pure for me and Black is about power

So with those general guidelines in mind I created my sketches for this month assignment.  I took Elizabeth's suggestion and made one sketch.  It was one that I'm going to do a little piece for with Open Studio so why not kill two birds with one stone??  I then interpreted it into three palettes that  - hopefully - create three  different moods.  It was fun to get out the crayons and the color pencils!  Not to mention I love working with organic shapes!

So what have you been up to creatively?


  1. I guess it's just personal preference but I like January-it seems to convey "mood" strongest. All are lovely and will be perfect for your open studio.

  2. Good ones, Nina-Marie. I still have to work on mine this afternoon. Only 9 weeks to retirement and then I will have all the time in the world to work on stuff like this!

  3. Each one does convey a totally different mood. The blue is a little moody and down but yet still very pleasant to look at. The green is very uplifting and fresh. The orange is very firey and passionate.

  4. You are always up to such creative things! Love it.


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