posted on 18 Jan 2013

Monochromatic colours

Hey Everyone, welcome back to Colourful Friday. Last week I talked about Complementary Colours and the 6 different combos on the colour wheel or colour star. This week the topic is all about monochromatic colour schemes.

What is a Monochromatic Scheme

A monochromatic colour scheme is made up of the colours in one family of colour.

The red section of the colour wheel.

The red-orange section of the colour wheel.

Neighbouring colours that are similar are not allowed to join in. For example yellow-orange or red colours cannot be added to a red-orange monochromatic colour scheme.

Red flanked by re-orange and red-viloet.

Red-Orange flanked by red and yellow-orange.

Value

The key to the monochromatic scheme is that it is made up of different values of colour in the chosen colour. A variety of light, medium and dark values. By using different values of the colour, contrast will be added to the piece that is being created. The photo below is of the fabric used to create the yellow Bargello at the top of the page.

A yellow colour run ranging from dark to light.

A yellow colour run ranging from dark to light.

The Wheel

The colour wheel or colour star then has a total of 12 different monochromatic colour schemes seeing how it is made up of 12 different colours.

Each pie shape on the wheel represents a colour made up of many different values within this colour.

Each pie shape on the wheel represents a colour made up of many different values within this colour.

Monochromatic Quilt Design in a Green Scheme

This quilt called Woven Stars I created with 4 different values of green from very light to very dark and a brighter one thrown in to create more contrast and pop.

Woven Stars

Woven Stars

Brown Scheme

This is a picture of a rug that was in a friends house in Australia – another one of those things I had Michael take a photo of for me. It depicts a brown colour scheme very well from a very dark brown to light cream.

A brown scheme.

A brown scheme.

What is Your Favourite Colour Scheme

One of my favourites is blue, but wait then there is purple and oh green is nice too – which is your favourite colour?

Happy Quilting!

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