I have renamed this post extended activities. It’s actually more what it is. Select the items you would like to do:
1. If you are a quilter or a fabric artist, head for your stash. Find all of your violet fabrics. Then divide them into three groups: blue-violet, violet, and red-violet. What do you find? I imagine you will discover that you have almost no fabrics in your violet pile, but you may have an abundance of fabrics on one of the other two violets. Which violet color do you seem to gravitate toward? Do you purposefully avoid one of these colors? If you like this color spectrum, but you find you are missing parts of it, considering building up you selection.
2. Sit down, put your feet up, and wander through a couple of your favorite magazines. Look at the advertisements. See if you can find any ads that feature one or more of the violet colors. When you find an ad that features violet, blue-violet, or red-violet, write down the featured color and the product that is being sold. Do note: lavenders are lighter hues of blue-violet, red-violet, and violet. These ads don’t have to use just the pure colors. They can be grayed down, softened, or in pastel hues of these pure colors.
If you can’t find ads using these colors in your selected magazines, or if you want to do a comparison, head for a couple of “high-end” magazines. Look through these magazines and take notes of the colors and products used in ads featuring one or more of these violets. Did you find more ads in the pricey magazines? What kinds of ads were they? sophisticated? whimsical? very commercial? What types of products were represented? What are your conclusions with regard to marketing using these colors?
3. Create a design in your favorite medium using one or more of these colors. If you want a more calming artwork, feature blue-violet. If you want a more lively design, feature red-violet. If you work in fabric, your design can be a cut & paste design. If you paint, consider creating two scenes, one using blue-violet and the other using red-violet. When you are finished, stand back from them. Can you feel the emotive difference between these two scenes? Because they have different emotional appeal, if you use both of these in one artwork, along with violet, be certain that one of the violet colors is visually dominant. That will give your eye a place to rest.
That’s all. Have fun. Happy coloring!
© Joen wolfrom
Joen is a color enthusiast who teaches and lectures on color. She has written three color books: Color Play, Visual Coloring, and The Magical Effects of Color. Her Studio Color Wheel is used to illustrate color concepts in many of these blog posts. She is also the designer of the 3-in-1 Color Tool. Her new book Adventures in Design is now available. Joen’s newest design tool, the Magic Design-Ratio Tool is now available. All books and products are published by C & T Publishing.