Saturday, October 18, 2014

COLOR THEORY 101 - How to use color well - Tutorial #1

COLOR...We are surrounded by it every minute of every day. 

We know which colors make us happy...and which do not. 

We know which colors we're wearing when someone tells us, "You look great in that!"
And we know the outfits we'd LIKE to love, but we don't feel good in them.

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Color evokes emotional and physical responses. We associate it with people, memories, places...

Though we know what we love when we see it...many of us have trouble knowing how to use color properly in certain applications.

Beautiful, saturated blue.

Via Pinterest - Kissing Under Spiderwebs

For example, my very favorite color in the world is magenta, or red violet. 
I could eat that color with a spoon. Every flower I want to choose is some shade of magenta.

red violet
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But, I will not paint the outside of my home magenta. Or even a small room. And I probably won't buy a winter coat in that color. 

On the other hand, a front door...a scarf...a throw...might be just perfect in magenta. 


Color can be soothing or exciting!

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How do we use color successfully in our everyday lives? 

How can we wear our favorite colors without looking like we just escaped from prison or the circus has come to town?
How can we use them in our homes without getting nasty letters from the neighborhood association?

wow!
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You CAN use color intentionally and successfully. Color does not have to be intimidating. Within a short time, you can be a color maven!

via  pinterest from danheller.com

This is the first in a series of posts in which I will share information about color.* 

In subsequent posts, we will explore color in greater detail; each post will build upon the information learned in the last post. 

You will gain a better understanding of color and ways you can 
achieve the results you desire using the colors you prefer!

Color is NOT rocket science, but there is some very interesting physics involved.

The best way to begin is to assume you have no knowledge of color. (Please bear with me if you already know this. Consider it a refresher course!)



First things first: 

COLOR CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT LIGHT.

Light contains all color - a full spectrum.

Dictionary.com defines spectrum as: an array of entities, as light waves or particles, ordered in accordance with the magnitudes of a common physical property, as wavelength or mass: often the band of colors produced when sunlight is passed through a prism, comprising red, orange, yellow,green, blue, indigo, and violet.

More simply, a spectrum is all visible colors in a specific order.

You have seen a spectrum in a rainbow...



...and maybe you remember with a prism back in junior high school science class...

dispersion of white light

image via tutorvista.com

There is a handy acronym to help remember the visible spectrum order:

Roy G. Biv 


Red


Orange

Yellow

Green

Blue

Indigo
(blue violet)

Violet

There are also invisible colors in a spectrum - infra-red, which is ordered before red, 
and ultra-violet, which is ordered after violet in the spectrum.

Of the Roy G. Biv colors, there are three PRIMARY COLORS; Red, Yellow and Blue.

Primary colors are the basic colors from which all other colors may be mixed. 
We cannot mix any colors to get red, yellow or blue. They are our starting-point colors.
Using light, red, yellow and blue can combine to make all the spectrum. 
(NOTE: This can be a bit difficult with paint pigments!)

This color wheel illustrates the order of the spectrum:

3-primary color wheel chart with complementary colors

Notice the placement and relationships between the primary colors to each other on the color wheel. They form a triangle. They are equidistant to each other. 

If red, yellow and blue are primary colors, then mixing them together in equal amounts will theoretically give us the secondary colors; orange, green and violet. The secondary colors are also equidistant to each other.

If we mix equal amounts of the secondary colors, we get even more colors - the tertiary colors. 

The tertiary colors include red orange, yellow orange, yellow green, blue green, blue violet, and red violet


Red

Red
Orange

Orange
Yellow Orange

Yellow
Yellow
Green

Green
Blue Green

Blue
Blue Violet
Violet
Red
Violet

artist color mixing chart with secondary and tertiary colors

The colors on the color wheels above are also called pure colors, or saturated colors

(SIDE NOTE: Most of the colors we use in everyday life are not pure, saturated colors, but grayed down, darkened or lightened versions of them.)

In addition to the primary, secondary and tertiary colors, the color wheel is divided into two equal segments; warm colors and cool colors.

Warm colors: 
All the colors that fall between red and yellow

analogous warm
Cool colors:
All the colors that fall between green and violet

analogous colors

via Pinterest bouldaslove.tumblr.com

NOTE: Red-violet and yellow-green can be perceived as either warm or cool.

If you have not yet noticed...
color is very orderly and balanced!

If you love order, balance, and everything in its place, this tutorial has probably been very easy for you to understand. If you're a bit more serendipitous, don't worry. Color has all kinds of fun surprises, and you will learn to use it intentionally in your designs. Though there is order, there is plenty of room for creativity, fun, and the unexpected. 

Knowing "the rules" will help you create harmony in your color schemes. 

Knowing when to break the rules can result in very dramatic results!

Next time, we will discuss:
  • Complementary colors
  • Analogous colors
  • Color terminology

We will define some basic "buzz words" to help us understand color better.

*Note: This is an updated revision of a series of posts I did way back when...probably 12 people read them. 

Words for the Day:

John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.


Genesis 9:16
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.

Possibly Linking With:
Sunday
Sundays at Home
Sunday’s Best
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Monday
Mod Mix Monday
Make it Pretty Monday
Amaze Me Monday
Make it Monday
Tuesday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Scoop
Wednesday
Wow Us Wednesday
What’s it Wednesday
Vintage Inspiration Party
Vintage Inspiration Party
Vintage Inspiration Party
Cottage Style Party
Outside the Box Link Party
Thursday
Under $100 Link Party
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Furniture Feature Friday
Frugal Friday
Junkin’ Joe
Thrifty Things Friday
Saturday
Party Junk

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Features from Thrifty Life Thursday #38...and a Fallen Ox


Recently, I've found some pretty cool things at the thrift store...for instance this metal rose.


It might be a paper weight because it's heavy. It has a stamp on the bottom that says, "Wallace." The finish could be tarnished silver. I have done a bit of research, and haven't seen anything like it. Does anyone have any clues?

I found two clear glass insulators at Julie's garage sale a couple of weeks ago. I knew I wanted to use them in the living room, and then I remembered seeing some of them lighted on Pinterest...


...and remembered I had stashed away a little lighted base, which was also a thrift store purchase. So, I married the two. LOVE it! I was hoping to find a cluster of crystals somewhere, but this works. The whole shebang was less than two dollars.


Months ago, I found this box made from a ruler. At the time, I had no idea what it could be used for - it is very shallow.


When I was pulling out all the junk I hoped to use in this living room revision, I found it to be a great size and shape to hold my collection of vintage keys.


Features from Thrifty Life Thursday #38:

Updated Trumeau Mirror Medicine Cabinet DIY

First up, check out Joan from ScavengerChic (and do you just LOVE that name?)
She took a very ordinary medicine cabinet, and turned it into a beautiful trumeau mirror!
Pinned it. Whenever I get around to doing my back 3/4 bathroom, I'm so doing this! 



Sandi from The Vintage Cupboard found inspiration at World Market, and made the "fresh baked pies" sign using an old picture frame glass she was going to get rid of. Check out her mini tutorial, and don't forget to show us what you do. 



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Jonni from Minnie's Milestones created the sweetest Halloween vignette ever. If you're not a fan of classic spooky decor, be sure to check out her pastel interpretation of a "Merry Halloween" on her stair landing. 

Link Party Hiatus 

My ox has fallen.

This week, I made the decision to put the weekly Thrifty Life Thursday link party on hold for a little while. I need to scale down blogging activities a bit, and get a handle on some things around the house. 

If you saw my house at the moment, you'd wonder why I waited so long...
Not that the party takes up a ton of time, but it takes several hours per week. 

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and then Christmas. I want to be ready, and able to enjoy these times with my family. Every hour of preparation counts. 

Thrift store shopping and will also be on hold for a while...hopefully not too long!

I do plan to continue to post once or twice per week.

Thank you for keeping the party on your back burner for a while...

Word for the Day:
Luke 14:5
And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?”

Monday, October 6, 2014

Industrial Vignette #6 - The Gustavian Desk Area


If you're a minimalist, you may want to close your eyes. (What am I saying? A minimalist probably would not be here anyway...)

If you like as much vintage, rusty, tattered, industrial, cool old junk as you might possibly fit into a given space, keep reading. I have another cram-packed vignette for your viewing pleasure.


Where to begin...maybe at the top. 

The gilded piece at the top of this vignette is not vintage, but it is several years old. Hannah bought one for me at Kirkland's years ago, and then I found this one at a thrift store. 

The "T" on the left is 50 percent off at Hobby Lobby a few years back. The galvanized "M" below it is a new, very recent purchase from Michael's. It cost about $8.


The canvas in the center was a blessing from Linda at Itsy Bits and PIeces...from easycanvasprints.com.

It is a study of bird wings by Leonardo da Vinci.


The small "keep smiling" frame was a gift for my 50th birthday from a friend. She also gave me a French Bible box. 

Below that is a vintage souvenir of the Eiffel Tower, and below that is a vintage frame with a number "1" glued inside it. Remember, numbers are clues to Bible verses in this living room...


The other numbers that go with this verse are 1, 0 and 3. 
I needed a 1, and didn't want to stop to go out and buy a new one, so I scrounged around a box of metal junk and found the piece above. 
Guess what it is!


Give up? A broken doorbell. It was in a bag of drawer pulls I wanted, and I kept it. It came in handy today. 

Below the numbers is a photo holder - a recent thrift store find. The letters were found in a thrift store for .27c each. They spelled a few different words, but the one I decided to use was "SEE." I can't remember where I found the clock face, but I know it was cheap, and a long time ago. 

The pumpkin is another Dollar Tree orange one I painted with house paint.  The urn was a thrift store find, as were the books, the vintage folding ruler and the photo frames. The kids inside the frames are something I made myself. To date, they are my favorite projects ever.


You might recognize the thrift store mirrored place mat I tried to turn into a vintage mirror, using a variety of household chemicals. It was not exactly what I had in mind, but it is pretty close. 

This was my inspiration:

All About Vignettes - GOING TO DO THIS ONE!
I pinned this from All About Vignettes a while back.
I tried to trace it back to the original pinner, and lost the trail
at Little Blue Deer...so I don't know who originally pinned it.

I wrapped it with wire to create an industrial feel and hang it in a creative way. The gold ribbon was found at a thrift store. 


To the right of the wired mirror is a vintage framed Bible verse, left as-is in its original mustard yellow frame. 


If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 


Below the yellow frame is my rusty hammer head, found for .10c a couple of summers ago at a neighborhood garage sale. More thrift store vintage books and my first Bible. 

The domed glass magnifiers were found in my back yard and at a thrift store. I think the ink bottle was in a box of art supply junk I purchased at an auction years ago. The vintage basked it s new thrift store find. 


The vintage desk lamp is a thrift store find from years ago...


Word for the Day:
Psalm 103:1
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

Possibly Linking With:
Sunday
Sundays at Home
Sunday’s Best
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Monday
Mod Mix Monday
Make it Pretty Monday
Amaze Me Monday
Make it Monday
Tuesday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Scoop
Wednesday
Wow Us Wednesday
What’s it Wednesday
Vintage Inspiration Party
Vintage Inspiration Party
Vintage Inspiration Party
Cottage Style Party
Outside the Box Link Party
Thursday
Under $100 Link Party
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Furniture Feature Friday
Frugal Friday
Junkin’ Joe
Thrifty Things Friday
Saturday
Party Junk