This is my introductory blog. I recently went back to school and have just obtained a digital design diploma. Many years ago I received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, and promptly got a job as a secretary. Not much of a fit is it? Well, the job was in support of my real passion, theatre. I spent quite a few years working with my local community theatre groups, both onstage and backstage.
Like many people, my interests changed as I got older, I am now an avid quilter and card maker. I went back to school basically to learn how to design my own fabric and paper. The digital design program is what I would call “graphic design lite.” The focus is more on software, but you do get a solid background on design. I was never much of a drawer, but with my new friend Illustrator, I can draw and design with the use of software. And I am pretty good with Photoshop and InDesign.
This brings me to my blog about quilting and card making. I am embarking on a new craft career selling my quilt and card designs. You can see some of the items I have for sale at www.etsy.com my store is prettycolorful. You will be able to follow along with me on my new creative journey.
This leads me to my first topic: Color. I love color. When people ask me what my favorite color is, I tell them “the rainbow.” One of the most amazing things about being a human being is that we can see a wide range of color. Color can be our personal statement, color sets the mood, and color can be used to express emotion. Color can also mean different things in different cultures. Red can represent power or it can represent good fortune. White can represent purity or mourning. Since I am an American, my focus on color is going to be from the Western frame of reference.
One useful site that explains the basics of color is Color Matters. This is a great website to visit if you want to explore more information about color.
Many designers will tell you that their designs start with an inspirational object. The first thing that I use when I design a card or a quilt is a piece of paper or fabric. I then coordinate with additional fabrics, papers or embellishments. My method is just to arrange the colors and objects to see what works for me. Simple black and white designs can also be very striking. You can also add a pop of color to black and white designs to give them an extra “pop.’ If you are not comfortable with this method, you can always use a color wheel. For anyone not familiar with using a color wheel, the following link to ehow.com shows how to use the color wheel.