Joen Wolfrom ––
Perfect color every time, travel-size!
From the Essential Color Wheel Companion by Joen Wolfrom, comes the perfectly travel-sized mini color wheel! Create color combinations on the go with this easy to use reference tool. With 12 colors and 5 essential color-plans, selecting color has never been easier. The flip side shows a range of each color’s tints, tones and shades. Take it with you shopping to ensure perfect color every time!
The “Mini” features 12 colors from the Ives color wheel that have been curated by Joen. The Ives color wheel is a more accurate version of the “standard” color wheel and is explained in-depth by Joen in her book, Color Play, Second Edition (11078):
“In the mid-twentieth century Herbert Ives...solved one of the biggest color mysteries by discovering that three specific colors can be mixed to make all other colors. These colors are zanth (yellow), achlor (magenta), and syan (cyan). Because they form all other pure colors, they are called primary colors. The modern-day names for these primary colors are yellow, magenta, and cyan (turquoise blue). Many of us are more familiar with these primary colors as ink colors for our printers, where they create every color imaginable. Besides ink colors, Ives gave us a color wheel to use as a reference when working with nature, as well as with pigments, dyes, paints, stains, and any objects colored by these methods, including fabric, fiber, and objects used in home decor and interior design (Figure 1-3).
The CMYK color system (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) is based on this color wheel. The benefits of working with the Ives color wheel are many. One of the greatest benefits is that the color partners are stunning and physically accurate. There are no garish outcomes. If you do not already use the Ives color wheel, I urge you to do so.
As children, we learned that yellow, red, and blue were the primary colors. When I was first introduced to the Ives color wheel in a college painting class, I was resistant to this change, so I painted color wheels using both sets of primary colors. I was shocked to find that the blends of red and blue did not make blues, violets, purples, and fuchsias or any of the colors we expect to see at the lower ring of the color wheel. Instead these two colors made browns. It was then that I put one of my childhood beliefs to rest. If you are still using the outdated color wheel, seriously consider changing to the scientifically correct one. Your work will be so much more beautiful if you use it as your color guide.”
NOTE: We use the names cyan and turquoise blue interchangeably.
For color lovers, quilters, and sewists interested in learning more about the Ives version of the color wheel and this fascinating subject, we highly recommend taking a look at our series of color tools and books:
Color Play, Second Edition (11078) by Joen Wolfrom
Essential Color Wheel Companion (20314) by Joen Wolfrom
Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool, Updated 3rd Edition (10792) by Joen Wolfrom
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