Absolutely! The color wheel! That glorious tool that helps one to understand the principles of color and most commonly, offers assistance when selecting color schemes for painting or design … THIS could be your new best friend!
As an artist and designer, this dandy little circle has been my creative conduit for as long as I can remember. Like a hammer to a carpenter, the color wheel is one of those basic, fundamental instruments that proves to be invaluable when working with color. The strategically splendid display of primary, secondary and tertiary colors. The directive arrows that demonstrate complementary, analogous and triadic color schemes. Probably most beneficial, color wheels are generally equipped with a few simple user-friendly instructions and color definitions… making them practically dummy proof!
I would most definitely say that the true beauty and potential of the wheel resides in the implementation… making the pièce de résistance – you! So much potential with these two overlapping rotating circles… I swear, just holding one of those darling puppies in my hand makes me tingle. Seriously. Someone has got to agree with me when I say that color is intoxicating! When you find that perfect mix and you mesh colors that seem to yearn to be put together – it is magical! And what I love most is this: although there may be guides as to what colors should combine, there really are no rules! For as with music, beauty and art – everything is subjective. Simple, eh?! We get to decide, based on our individual and so very unique personal feelings what works for us. So, with color, all that is left to do is… DO. Haha – no, I am not going off on a tangent. My words may seem to appear scattered, but just like an old car that required a crank to get started, such is need for this versatile tool.
So what – you feel my passion but are unsure how it might be applicable to you? Obviously, if you are working on any interior design project, paintings or graphic design, you probably already have one of these close at hand. But what about thinking outside of the box? What about those of you who scrapbook? What about those of you who are landscapers, quilters, cake bakers or even make-up artists? Humph… I am thinking that just about anyone could benefit from this wheel…especially when it comes to my FAVORITE way to unlock its potential – your closet!
EUREKA, eh?! What better way to incorporate a bit of zing into our wardrobe?! I mean it has happened to us all – we get in a rut, locked in habits -everyday, wearing the same ol’ color combinations. Hey… the remedy is easy. Play with your color wheel to create something new. Dude… it is no secret. Fashion designers use this fantastic tool frequently for inspiration. Can’t you picture it – Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson, Donatella Versace or Marc Jacobs, sitting at a desk covered with sketches and fabrics, spinning the color wheel to determine the direction of their next collection? Perhaps I am exaggerating a bit… but what I do know for sure is that it works!
I insist that you try this simple challenge. Stand in your closet, take a look at your clothes – the colors that you own – and start spinning the wheel to create some noteworthy color combinations. I once read that with our wardrobe, we tend to utilize only 20% of what we own and we wear it 80% of the time. Ouch! Possibly a bit boring, eh?! So don’t be timid… open up your mind and be creative. I am positive that many of you will discover numerous stunning new looks. All that is left is for you to practice your gracious response to all of the compliments that are forthcoming! By the way, if you don’t own a color wheel, they are inexpensive and readily available at your local art supply store. And yes, if you are curious, those that are pictured are the ones that I refer to repeatedly!