Color, Theoretically Speaking

A little color theory, plus a book review!

Changing Your Clothes

Yes, folks, as promised, here’s a fun little color theory crash course, cleverly disguised as a book review of sorts. What book, you ask? Why, it’s “Color”, by Betty Edwards (the acclaimed author of “The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”). Okay, this seems like a pretty generic title for such a massive subject, so it’s subtitled “A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors”. Yes. That’s so much better.

Color by Betty Edwards “Color” by Betty Edwards. Yes, the subtitle suggests that this book is geared towards art students, but stay with me— it does connect to your clothes! Click on the picture to see this book on

To back up for just a minute, last month, I started hand-dyeing and painting yarns for the first time, which I started writing about in this recent post (lots more to come on that in future posts). And a…

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Put Your Photos on Canvas!

Here’s a super deal from Easy Canvas Prints*: choose a favorite photo, have it printed on 11″ x 14″ gallery-wrapped canvas, and have it shipped (free!) to you ready to hang— for just $28.00!

My dandelion photo
My dandelion photo, printed on canvas by Easy Canvas Prints. Even enlarged just to 11″x14″, this simple image has a lot of impact. I love close-up details! (Click on the dandelion to see more about this photo on canvas.)
My canvases on exhibit
An exhibit of my floral photos and montages on canvas. The dandelion is just to the upper left of the large orange rose canvas, to give you a sense of its scale. And the coral/orange rose just to the right of the white rose is also 11″x14″. Click on this photo to see all my canvases for sale in my Etsy shop.

*I got an e-mail from Easy Canvas Prints about this deal, which does include a bit of fine print (e.g. the offer ends on 3/2/14), but the important thing to know is that the $28.00 price and the free shipping will apply when you check out.

Note: I’ve had many photos and montages printed at ECP myself, but as of 2/25/14, I’m not an affiliate, nor do I benefit in any way from mentioning their name or linking to their site. I just really like them.

Resolution 2014: My New Dye-It Regime

The first in a series about my new adventures in dye-land.

Changing Your Clothes

After my unplanned and extended blogging sabbatical, I’m back (!), with a fabulous new project: Dyeing! Yes, you’re right, I’ve written about dyeing my jeans, among other things, but at the risk of using Famous Last Words… this time it’s different.

Aside: Ironically, following my last post (In Re-Covery: The Great Pillow Makeover!), I spent the next several weeks slowly recovering from a serious illness. For a while, I couldn’t even read, let alone write, but when I could, I started studying about the dyeing process, which progressed rapidly into actual experiments, to the extent that I now resemble not so much a color enthusiast as a mad scientist. Think Pantone inadvertently wanders into Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory. End of aside.

How, you ask, is it different? Primarily because now, instead of simply dumping a box of dye into the sink and throwing my hapless jeans into it…

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