|Anna Grossnickle Hines Home Guide|
|Quilts in the Classroom|
|Pieces of Art
using the book, PIECES: A YEAR IN POEMS AND QUILTS
|A Bit About Value and Color
Value is the darkness or lightness of a color in relation to other colors. Black has the darkest value, white the lightest.
Light colors are said to have high value. Colors such as yellow, yellow-orange, yellow green, and light tints of other colors have high value. (A tint is a color mixed with white.) Colors with high value are light, not heavy, and tend to float.
Dark colors are said to have low value. Colors with low value are violet, purple and dark shades of the other colors. (A shade is a color mixed with black.) Colors with low value are heavy and want to sink.
Red, orange, blue and green are medium values, unless they are mixed with white or other light colors to make them light, or mixed with black or dark colors to make them dark.
Colors can be lighter or darker in value, such as very light pastel blue, a medium royal blue, a very dark navy blue and everything in between.
Note: One way to see value clearly is to look at something through a translucent sheet of red plastic. The greenness, blueness, yellowness, etc., will disappear so everything looks red. You will see which areas and shapes are darker and which are lighter.
I thought a lot about value as I made the quilts for Pieces.
Can you find a quilt that uses different values?
What happens when a very light value is placed next to a very dark value?If you want to make a picture, or a quilt, or poster that will catch people’s eye and they can “read” easily, what would you do?
When something very light is placed next to something very dark we say
it has strong contrast. If a quilt or picture has no contrast, it
is hard to see the design.
A quilt can be mostly light values, with some medium ones for contrast.
Is is somber or cheerful?All this and more can be determined by the choice of color and value and how they are used.
For more about use of color in quilts, as well as line, shape, proportion
and scale, I highly recommend the book The Visual Dance: Creating Spectacular Quilts, by Joen Wolfrom. Ann's favorite color book is also by
Joen Wolfrom, The Magical Effects of Color, but it is unfortunately,
out of print.