Working on a “new” Color Class

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It starts with “Value”

Here are two examples of value, one has a much higher contrast than the other. One is not better than the other. Both can be use for specific purposes in different parts of the art quilt. Notice how the shapes stand out much more in the higher contrast image. In traditional quilting high contrast becomes very important in making the pattern/design stand out. High contrast is important in the art quilt as well but not over the entire surface. The art quilter needs to understand value and use it to direct the eye. In an art quilt there may be areas of less contrast that give way to ares of high contrast. Obviously, what you want the viewer to see (what is important in the story) will be in the high contrast area.

Low value contrast

High value contrast









I promise to blog more so stop by to see what is new. I’ll post more about the new color class as it develops.

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1 Comment to “Working on a “new” Color Class”

  • Catherine April 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I easily ‘see’ the lights and the darks, it is the variety within the midtones that trip me up.

    Can you suggest a way to see the darkest darks and the lightest ligths within the midtones?

    I’ve tried making B&W copies of my fabrics and that helps, but not as much as I’d like.

    I just found your blog today, hence the delay in posting.


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