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    Thursday
    Jan222009

    Color Series: Art Journaling in Neutrals

    I'm so used to using vivid colors in my art journals that I like the idea of designing some pages around soft neutrals to provide some contrast and balance. The idea is to focus on a limited palette of neutral colors, using subtle differences in color and texture to create a mood. Jill McLaughlin's art journal piece "Winter Mood" (below) is a lovely example of neutrals. Jill pairs soft creams and browns with other neutrals, images of snowflakes and bare trees to evoke the feeling of January. {Used with permission from the artist.}

    How to wrap your mind around using neutrals if you are used to bright, vivid color

    <Do a mind map>  Figure out what neutral colors signify to you. I did this mind map in PITT pen in a 5x7 moleskine while the kids were at swimming class this week. And yes, the gentleman next to me wasn't quite sure what to make of it. My mind map includes, "summer cottons, raised textures, cold or dry, symbols and reflection."

    <Photograph Ideas> With your camera in your handbag or backpack, look for patterns & textures in neutral tones. Take photos and refer to them for inspiration. If you categorize or tag your photos, you can pull together all of the photos of a particular mood or color when you need them.

     

    <Find inspiration in art> Theresa Hall's "Responding to the World," Hanna Anderson's expressive art card "Have Faith in Me," or a collection of Neutral Things from Curbside Treasure.

    <Find ideas at Flickr> in the Subtle Color group.

    <Create a Mosaic> Enjoy a mosaic of Simple Inspiration.

    <Find ideas in fabric> like these from Donghia in white paisley fabric and story stone.

    It's a free-for-all out there. Choose any color you like. Start anywhere you like.  Check out the entire Color Series, with a focus on colors like pink, purple, orange, blue and more!

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    Reader Comments (2)

    "If you categorize or tag your photos, you can pull together all of the photos of a particular mood or color when you need them." That's a great idea, and something I've never thought to do.

    I love that textured paisley fabric!

    01.22.2009 | Unregistered CommenterE-J

    E-J, I love all paisley especially embroidered or textured as in this fabric! In my photo editing software I can add "categories" which are effectively tags. So I keep the photos in folders chronologically but can pull them by any category or combination thereof. Tagging adds an extra step but it has been incredibly valuable for me. Thank you again for all of your kind words!

    01.22.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

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