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Color Play: Easy Steps to Imaginative Color in Quilts Paperback – October 1, 2000
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This book, along with Joen’s Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool, is the quintessential tool for quilters who want to learn more about color and how to apply that knowledge to your quilts. Filled with amazing photographs, color samples and exercises for choosing colors, this book will change they way you look at color in quilting. --Generation Q Magazine; September 2012
About the Author
After leaving her career in the educational field to become a homemaker in 1974, Joen became interested in quiltmaking and textile art. During a span of fifteen years, she created commissioned textile art for private clients and corporations. Her work is included in collections throughout the world. As a guest lecturer/instructor on the subject of color and design, Joen has taught throughout the United States and in England, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Joen is the author of twelve previously published books and products. Several have been bestsellers in the art/craft field; some have been translated into other languages. Her published works include Color Play, The Visual Dance, The Magical Effects of Color, Visual Coloring, Landscapes & Illusions, The Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool, and The Studio Color Wheel. Joen is the owner of JWD Publishing, a pattern company that publishes quilt-related patterns. She enjoys photography, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. You may visit Joen's website at www.joenwolfrom.com or her pattern company's website at www.jwdpublishing.com.
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While nothing can replace a quilter's own developing sense of color relationships for creating a stunning quilt, Joen's Color Play is a great self-teaching tool. Information many people learned years ago in school, for example that blue and orange are complementary colors, is not true in fabrics. Joen presents the Ives Color Wheel, and promises her readers that using magenta, yellow and turquoise as the primary colors instead of red, yellow and blue will 'create the most powerfully beautiful colors in the world.' The Ives Color Wheel is presented as the only element on page 11 so it is large enough to be very useful when selecting fabrics.
Joen also discusses the colors that correspond with various seasons and moods, helping any quilter who wants to convey a particular feeling or time of year.
Although much of the book consists of color drawings of quilts to illustrate color partnerships, dozens of pictures of real quilts are included and referred to as examples. A bonus chapter at the end explain how to created special effects such as a sense of depth, luminosity, luster, transparency, shadows and highlights - very inspiring!
A great reference book!
Thank you Joen for producing this wonderful work of art. (The newer book is probably better but this is all I need, as I'd rather spend money on fabric than on more books!) ;)
My only complaint is that the Post Office, in their infinite wisdom, folded the package (padded envelope)in half to fit it into my box--instead of putting it into a larger keyed box. No fault of the sender or Amazon.
I recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand the color combinations and their effects.