Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Twinkling Color


This is a sneak peak into my "Mastering Twinks" online class which runs again in June 2012. For more information go here.

When it comes to colors, artists the world over organize their palettes based on the seven color of the rainbow. These colors are “Red”, “Orange”, “Yellow”, “Green”, “Blue”, “Indigo”, and “Violet”. The color wheel and all color theory have its foundation in these seven colors. However, in reality these groups are extended to include ‘natural’, ‘neutral’, ‘mono’, and any number of iterations of colors that don’t appear in the spectrum.  There are so many beautiful colors in the Twinkling H2O range; it’s often difficult to know what to choose. 

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Because of the shimmer in Twinkling H2O’s, some colors aren’t what they seem.  The reds and violets, for example, cross the boundaries of each other and it’s difficult to know where they belong.  Violets also cross the boundaries of blues, as do greens, and the shimmer rather than the pigment can influence the exact hue of a color.


A great way to get to know twinkling colors is to prepare samples or swatches and divide them into color groups.    The fun part is that there is no right or wrong when classifying your colors, it’s for you to decide how you will group your colors. There's no science to twinkling color groups, it is simply a way to organize and understand them.  After all, your choices of color are very personal and must work for you.   When grouping my own colors, I began with the basic colors of the spectrum, “Red”, “Orange”, “Yellow”, “Green”, “Blue”, and “Violet”. I added a group called “Magenta”, a black and white group for all the “Mono” colors, and a “Brown” or “Neutral” group.


When we group colors, we discover that each group has a profoundly different mood. Take this concept one-step further and you’ll discover that even different shades and intensities of the same color evoke different emotions.  Shimmer and sparkle are known to have an eye-catching response on most people, and when you combine intense color with shimmer, as Luminarte have done, you have a very powerful result.


The names given to each color in the Twinkling H2O range can also be misleading.  The names alone elicit some kind of personal, and often emotional response. Whether it is mouth watering fruit; a romantic meal; or memories of a cold wintery day, the names can change the way we perceive them.


What do you think about when you hear names such as “Stargazer”, “Wine & Roses”, “Rainforest”, “Dreams Bloom”, or  “Moonbeams”?  These names don’t give many clues about the actual shade, but they probably invoke images of candle lit rooms, romance, or sparkling skies. The names create ‘situation identification’, they help you identify with a state or situation, and that’s what makes Twinks so personal and exciting to use. But it’s not until you see these colors on paper with their exquisite shimmer that you begin to understand how unique working with “Twinks” can be.

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If you want to learn more about “Twinkling Color”, sign up for “Mastering Twinks” online class through starting January 31st, 2012. And don't forget, Luminarte are having a great fun giveaway, so pop on over and check it out.  

Thanks for checking in. xx