Birth of the Project
In my last post you got a peek at my color card samples, using the template cards from Cari's site.
I didn't want to order a whole set of dyes, because:
We should be able to create almost any color. I need to be economical about my dyeing projects. Dyes get expensive. There's only so much space in my little craft area. Few dyes is good space wise. Dye stock only lasts so long. Fewer dyes mixed up on hand, means they'll get used up before they go bad.
The primaries we were taught in grade school red, yellow and blue - aren't actually good primaries. They make muddy colors when mixed. They're from a mucholder color theory . Modern color theory uses cyan, magenta and yellow for pigments - ask any professional printer. This is for anything that light reflects off of (surfaces like clothes, houses, cars, yarn and fiber, etc). As you can see from the color wheel below - cyan and magenta make blue, magenta and yellow make red, and cyan and yellow make green.
Just for fun we'll talk about light for a moment. Red, Blue and Green are light primaries (for anything that emanates light - light bulbs, flashlights, lasers, computer screens, etc.).
PBS has a nice detailedinteractive explanation on reflected/pigment vs emitted/light colors. (Click on launch and let the flash player run. Particularly good is video 3 the Mixing Primary Colors of Pigment section. This is better than the explanation I got in college physics! )
|Color Wheel by SWPryor|
Side Note: Skipping the CMYK Formulas
|CYMK color example from colorhexa.com|Having too rely on my computer and Photoshop for every color was getting pretty tedious and too random for my needs. I needed a system that I could run with, instead of trying to create colors here and there. I also wanted a good feel for how the dyes work together. Random colors here and there would not help me with this understanding.
CYMK percentages were created for pigment inks. Acid dyes are different. Pigment inks are opaque. Acid dyes are more like water colors. They are transparent and can be layered for wonderful effects. This makes light colors like yellow very easily over powered by darker colors like magenta and cyan. (I found my yellow to be ~1/2 as poweful as my magenta and ~1/4 as powerful as my cyan.) It really messed up playing with CYMK formulas.
The Dye Notebook Project and Choosing Dyes
My seven dyes are cyan, magenta, yellow, black, orange, green and violet.
Sample Pages - The Project Begins
To explore a single dye color I mix light to dark with that color (middle row below), mix the color with gray (left below), and mix the color with it's complement or a color close to the complement (right below).
Next post I'll share the nalbinding projects I've been working on. As much as I love playing with dyes, I'm working on other crafts - really!
Have you put together a dye notebook? What kind of notes do you keep? Do you use a formulaic way to explore color or is it more random?