Welcome to the kickoff for the Wool Appliqué Folk Art blog tour! Today, Rebekah L. Smith starts off the tour by talking about her sources of color inspiration in her work. See below for the full blog tour schedule and follow along! Plus, we're giving away a copy of Wool Appliqué Folk Art to one lucky reader!
There is a lot to
say about color. It is a subject that I never tire of as a folk art painter and
textile artisan. I have been choosing and coordinating colors for clients my
When I got started
in wool appliqué, it quickly became apparent that I was not just satisfied with
buying beautifully dyed wools, but I needed to make these colors myself. My
particular palette is strongly influenced by two things: nature's hues and the
time-worn patinas of antiques.
My family and
I have always spent a lot of time
walking trails in our great park systems. It is a wonderful source of earth
tones and textures. I often see something new that I have to reproduce in the
dye pot. It can be as simple as the way moss grows on a rock or the sudden
sprouting of toadstools. What a satisfaction to find a wonderful color which
often brings inspiration for its use.
Another way I
research color is to study the effects of time and use on antique furniture,
paper, and textiles, to name a few examples. This is called patina, and I am drawn to
those old, faded (and sometimes dirtied) tones. There are several ways to gain
access to pieces for observation; my favorites are museums and antique shows and shops.
tastes are a soft aged palette or bright fun colors, there are so many ways to
be inspired about color. Take a walk down the street or through the woods. You
might be surprised at what causes you to stop and consider what colors to use
in your next wool appliqué or other artistic endeavor.
Follow along for the full blog tour:
8/25 Doreen Frost http://www.vermontharvestfolkartblog.com/
8/26 Patti Gagliardi http://windingvine.blogspot.com/
8/27 Lori Ann Corelis http://lorianncorelis.blogspot.com/
8/28 Cheri Payne http://quiltsbycheri.blogspot.com/
8/29 Rebekah L. Smith http://rebekahlsmith.blogspot.com/
Plus, you can win a free copy of Wool Appliqué Folk Art by entering our giveaway here: a Rafflecopter giveaway. Hard copy for US winner or ebook for international winner ; we will pull and announce a winner one week from today.
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