Color Tool 3-in-1
by Joen Wolfrom
Reading Ms. Wolfrom's books inspired me to purchase her Color Tool. There are 24 color cards based on the Ives color wheel, each showing the pure color, tints, shades, and tones (on the front of the card and expanded on the back). The front of each card shows the monochromatic, complementary, analogous, split-complementary, and triadic color plans. The cards include simple directions on the use of the tool and a picture of the Ives color wheel. The last two cards are a red and a green value finder.
Joen Wolfrom stresses the importance of value contrast to design, even a monochromatic one (using the tints, shades and tones of one hue). You can see the values when I place the red value finder over this hooked piece.
In the hooked leaves I've used a red-violet vein that disappears under the red card. The colors are different but the values of the green and red violet are the same. The colors disappear under the red card, only the values are seen. It is easy to see the contrasting value of the leaves against the background.
Using this tool, I ordered some new dye colors today for future experiment using a split-complementary color plan with (what else?) chartreuse.