Staying Neutral

This month I have a lot of great colors available on Etsy, and I wanted to talk a bit about the use of neutrals in a design. To see my Etsy wool click here.

This is a close up of my rug design Jane Austen. Even though the border seems to be all colorful selections, it is really made up of 80% – 90% neutral colors. Beige, tan, browns, grays, taupes and antique whites. The basket look like it is gold, but it is actually shades of camel and tan with a hint of grayed down blue.

The red flowers are the “colors” in this rug. That means that approximately 90-95% of the wool needed was a neutral color.

Spring is Here is another example of a design that is 95% neutrals. And the soft red colors are very muted. What makes them look colorful is that they are the most colorful wools used. Throw a too saturated color in the design, and the rest of the colors look blah, and your eye goes right to the bright color instead at looking at the birds and all the flowers.

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Here are some other details that show you how key a role neutrals play in every part of a design. I find it important to have all values and temperatures of neutrals in my stash. That means, neutrals from the lightest light to the darkest dark, in everything sort of gray, to taupe, to brown, to russet, to pumpkin, to rust, to camel, to tan, to khaki, to blue-gray. Then I also consider having choices of solid and textures. Much more often the color that I really need is a neutral rather than a more saturated color. So next time when you are thinking yellow, consider trying a camel or golden brown instead.

Have a creative day ~ Karen

 

 

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A Friday Wool alert

Just listing new wool for sale today in my Etsy shop. You are the first to know. Here is the link: Wool at Primitive Spirit’s Etsy Shop

Check it out! Choose how many from the drop down menu.

And if you need a little weekend project, visit my PDF instant downloadable pattern section. You can order a pattern and print it out at checkout. Print it at home and start hooking or punchneedle-ing.

Have a creative weekend ~ Karen

Emerge

Time to explore what Spring has to offer. Check out my new wool offerings on Etsy by clicking here.

Dust off that project and add some new April energy to it. Time to come out to play. Venture out. Be beautiful and adventurous. Who knows what Spring can do!

Have a creative day ~ Karen

See the PDF instant downloadable pattern for the hooked and prodded bird and nest. This pattern also comes with an added punchneedle embroidery size.

click here to check it out.

Cozy Holidays

For the holiday season, take time to smell the snowflakes!

These vintage postcards are a few that I am reprinting and embellishing to enclose with my Etsy orders.

I like every order be fun and to add a touch of creativity to make the package special.

Creativity is my grounding force. Is it for you too?

Make time to add a touch of artfulness to whatever you do today ~ Karen

 

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