Gail N.

I used purple and yellow. The tints are beautiful but I find the shades and tones to be the most interesting. Of my four collages, the most successful are combinations with muted colors made by adding gray. I saw a small quilt installation at a gallery on First Friday in Kansas City last weekend.  A very striking piece was made by silk screening a large circle on a plain muslin background. Very simple but very powerful. So I tried a collage of only 2 pieces making a circle on a muted background, which worked well, I think. This was a fun exercise. I like working with paper, it doesn’t have to be machine quilted…:-)

4.1  This is my muted composition using only two tints. They were so pretty, I couldn’t cut them up.

4.1  This is my muted composition using only two tints. They were so pretty, I couldn’t cut them up.

4.2

4.2

4.3 This is balanced by small amounts of pure hues.

4.3 This is balanced by small amounts of pure hues.

4.4 This is a chromatic gray color scheme with the focal point of a brighter color.

4.4 This is a chromatic gray color scheme with the focal point of a brighter color.

4.5 This is an example with a focal point created by using a pure hue. I love combining design with color. I’m learning a lot by doing these simple exercises.

4.5 This is an example with a focal point created by using a pure hue. I love combining design with color. I’m learning a lot by doing these simple exercises.

Collages - Carol W. H.

I’ve done two sets of Collages - Red-Orange to Blue-Green and Red-Violet to Yellow Green.   I found it more difficult to paint the papers with dyes than paints because the dye sinks into the paper very quickly so it’s harder to scuff!   Also I somehow felt that I ended up with less different values with the dyes than with the paints.   Anyway here they are.   The photos are not great - I couldn’t get rid of the shadows.   The collages had curled up quite a bit and I put them under a pile of heavy books overnight which seemed to straighten them out and then they almost immediately curled up again!   I still find it quite hard to make myself concentrate on value - I get seduced by the colours.