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color harmony tool for artists

Bright Spring Fabric Color Swatchbook Indigo Tones

Color is the most powerful tool an artist can use to capture a mood or express an emotion 

All artists share the challenge of creating an appropriate feeling using harmonious colors


munsell color theory

Color Wheel Swatch PaletteHumans are able to perceive thousands of different color shades & we name colors differently. Albert Munsell, artist and teacher, created a color wheel that is the global standard for organizing color harmony. It indicates complementary colors that are true to nature based on these 3 dimensions. Value - the lightness or darkness of a color. Hue - the amount of warmth or coolness of a color. Intensity - the brightness or dullness of a color.

“Changing the value, hue or intensity of a color can completely change our reaction to it. Too many unrelated colors will spoil the harmony. Pretty colors randomly placed often result in a chaotic look that won’t support the subject”. -- Margaret Kessler, Color Harmony in your Paintings
“There are no bad colors. There are, however, successful and less successful combinations.” -- Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr, Color Harmony for Quilts



seasonal color theory

Monet-An Orchard In SpringWhile observing nature, the impressionist painters came to understand the unique color tones associated with each season. Nature leaves nothing to chance and all in nature is in perfect color harmony. In spring we see the bright greens bursting on trees, while in autumn the greens are more earthy and muted. It is the same with people. Everyone can wear green, but some need brighter green to look vibrant and healthy, while some look better in a soft, earthy green. And it is the same with art.


Monet-Autumn On The Seine At Argenteuil

“Nature is the source of all true color. In her harmonies are supreme beauty and artistry. Each flower's stem displays just the right match of greens. Each animal's fur sports its own sublime tonal gradations.” Margie Deeb, Beaders Guide to Color




indigo tones personal color plume

Indigo Tones Fabric Color Swatch BooksThe 12 Indigo Tones Seasonal Color tones perfectly capture the essential seasonal harmonies based on Munsell’s color theory. Flat paint chips do not reflect the nuances of materials that artists typically use - fabric, paint, beads, yarns or paper. For crafts, quilts, needlework, knit, crochet, weaving, spinning, scrapbooking, card making, home and fashion design they help pick the perfect color combinations every time.

"Kerry, the fans have arrived. I love them. They are perfect for someone who's thinking about trying silk painting. The fun thing is that the Light Spring matches my house colours completely." -- Belen, Artist, Spain.
“I absolutely love the embroidered color blocks, the fiber of the thread is so much easier to work with than printed ones. One of my bridal parties used your service then had me make the Mother of the Bride and Groom dresses. We used their color swatch books to not only select their personal dresses, but to color coordinate the mother's dresses so that they complemented each other”.  -- Fay, Seamstress
"My students struggle the most in choosing color combinations that work, whether it's with beads, stones, metals, or fibers. Using Kerry's color swatch books would help them easily find color combinations that are harmonious and work best for them." -- Susan, Instructor, Let's Bead!