Colour Theory Tested

I’ve been keen to produce some designs while experimenting with colour theory.

Pear Drops and Toffee Apples are both designs where I chose analogous colours, i.e hues adjacent to each other on the colour wheel, red and pink for Toffee Apples and green and blue for Pear Drops. As I like simple flat designs, I outlined some of the shapes in black to act as a fence to contain the colours from spreading. You will see where I haven’t done this, the green and blue on the pears blend together and reinforce their similar hue parentage.

Having been blown over by the movement that Sol Le Witt created in his Wall Drawing 1136 I was determined to design something where some physical energy might appear. So for Funky Apple, I butted up complimentary colours i.e opposites on the colour wheel because these are groups of colours that spar beside each other and reinforce their differences causing a perceived vibration which in turn can give a design some energy and movement. As the colour bands are almost circular, I hope your eye will be taken on a journey around the apple.

Before I get too theoretical, there is always a danger in applying theory directly into designs, and almost always a bad idea getting too theoretical when selecting interior paint colours as there are far too many other factors to consider in a space, my final design is simply because I like vegetation and I was keen to see it on a natural linen back ground.

The cushions are all 40 cm square and printed with pigment inks onto a linen cotton blend and will be appearing in my etsy shop soon.

It’s a fabulous sunny bank holiday weekend here in Edinburgh so I’m off to prepare a picnic, with plenty cushions to sit on…

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New Textile Range, ‘Pear Drops’ and ‘Falling Apples’

Isn’t it funny how you can be carrying out a fairly mind numbing chore around the house when, ✳ping, you see something at a certain angle and it sets off the beginnings of a new design?

Well, it was a little group of asymmetric pears that caught my eye this time – I hope you like the end product, soon to be made into scarfs, cushions or any other suggestions you may have!

Pear group

Pear Drops on Silk

‘Pear Drops’ printed on 100% Silk

Big Pear Drop on Poplin

“Big Pear Drops’ on 100% Cotton Poplin

'Falling Apples' printed on 100% Silk

‘Falling Apples’ printed on 100% Silk

I would love to hear what you are working on or what has recently inspired you.

I was thinking of making the silk into scarfs but if you have any other ideas, suggestions welcome!

Have a great weekend.