The First Quarter Color Challenge

The First Quarter Color Challenge

I’ve been playing with the color wheel in fiber and paints for our first quarter challenge.

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When I made the samples for the fiber color wheel I started out using my fingers to blend them.  It took a while to get them to look like they were supposed to.  (I apologize for the photos and the shadows.)

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Since  I needed more of the secondary colors to make the tertiary colors, I decided to use the dog brushes.  I wasn’t getting the results I wanted.  So, I decided to use the carder to make a bigger amount then to move on to blending tints.

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Secondary orange then on to adding white, then black for tints.

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I stopped with the reds.  You can see the outward progression with each color group blending red with white, then red with black then down the line doing the same.  Some of the colors look a little reddish brown.

Once I finished the red group I wanted to try paints.  It was actually a little harder than I expected.  On the left side is the acrylic, the right is watercolor.

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When I started the project with fiber I was in Florida with my grandson who wanted to help me.  Here is his secondary blending.

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Have you tried the first quarter challenge?   We’d love to see your results on the forum www.feltandfiberstudio.

6 thoughts on “The First Quarter Color Challenge

  1. Making your own colours, tints and shades by blending is fascinating – you did a grand job!

    From a couple of feet away the blended colours look solid, but up close you can see the individual fibre colours, and that’s what lifts the finished felt.

    1. Thanks Lyn! I know what you mean about the eyes blending the colors from afar. It is an interesting experiment. I may try felting them to see how the final felt looks.

  2. What a great job you did Marilyn. I love the various tints and shades that you got with your red and orange blends. And mixing paints is always a bit of a challenge but the more you do, the more you learn about color 🙂

  3. Thanks Ruth! I’m sure with practice on both fiber and paint the blending would improve. It was an enlightening project.

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