January 22, 2012

Cindy's Color Chat: Bright with Black and White

"Luck of the Draw" quilted wall hanging Cindy Grisdela
Black and White with bright accents is one of my favorite color combinations. The bright accents give a punch to the black and white base and the black and white base gives the brights a chance to shine without overwhelming. Notice that the brights are mostly saturated primary colors--red, yellow and blue--with some secondary green, pink and orange thrown in. I think this scheme is most successful with this combination, pastels or more subdued values don't have the strength to stand up to the graphic black and white.

"Luck of the Draw," above, was designed improvisationally in sections on a design wall. It has a contemporary feel, even though several elements have been borrowed from traditional quiltmaking, including the black and white sawtooth triangles, the bright four patch squares and triangular prairie points that add dimension to the finished piece.

Let's see how other TAFA artists have handled this idea, some with quilts and some with other media:

Needle felted puff bracelet IntimateForest

"Angular Flowers" Quilted Wall Hanging TerryAskeArtQuilts

"Garden Party" Quilted Wall Hanging DEsignedByDianeEvans

Quilted Snap Bag in Rainbow Stripe SallyManke
Crochet Ring Flower Nothingbutstring


  1. Nice post, Cindy! I have a bunch of black and white fabric I have been saving for a project. It was fun to see what others have done with that idea...

  2. I would never have thought of crocheting a ring! I've just done a beginner's intro into crochet with the aim of adding some 3D elements to my textile art. Looks like I should be thinking waaayyy outside the square! Thank you for the post! - Lynda


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