I was inspired by a recent social painting class. I am no Picasso but it got me thinking about making an Ombre quilt and/or quilted project. I am thinking of this as yet another stash busting project. See my painting below:
Ombre apparently means shaded or shadow in French. In quilting and interior design, it is the art of shading with a graduated colour scheme from light to dark. There are some wonderful blog posts on the internet showing how you can paint an Ombre room and if you think about it every paint store has a visual of how to gradate colours with paint chips. See image below to see what I am talking about:
A most useful tool I used to shade my fabric is the 3- in -1 Colour Tool from Joen Wolfrom. It is useful because it has 24 colour cards with numbered swatches, 5 colour plans for each colour, 2 value finders in red and green. It shows the colour wheel and gives you important tips on utilizing colour. It comes in a very nice plastic case for portability so you can take it to your quilting classes.
The red and green value finders are key to seeing ombre!
Why red and green? Red does not work on red fabrics and green does not work on green fabrics, thus, you need both colors. Overlap the tools and look through both of them to view your fabrics. This allows you to look at any color or any textured fabric and determine it's value.
I could not have arranged my fabric without it!
Also, in the meantime.... get your fabric out and lay it out in an ombre fashion and start stash busting!
Have a great Tuesday!❤️