SoScrappy is always stimulating. Many people choose a few blocks to make in each color/month. They choose some backgrounds that show off their color and pattern.
Nature is my inspiration.
Note this palm in Columbia...how large, and graceful.
What a study in leaves...
Angela threw me a bit by choosing neutrals at the focus color this month.
But, neutrals are the background not main color! Right?
Then I began to think about them more, and had a very interesting discussion with my scientist husband who sees color in terms of wavelength. A neutral blends with, and supports a more saturated color. It's the bit player allowing another color to star.
It's not the same as low contrast although using neutrals to be background and star requires a bit of contrast.
Some designers don't even use neutral backgrounds, Kaffe Fasset comes to mind... Or Laura Ashley who obtains contrast through pattern change instead of color or saturation change.
I wanted to do some leaves, but didn't want pale leaves, and had to consider how neutral leaves would blend in the end with the brighter ones, and whatever setting I choose. If they are to go together in a tree of life, then these lighter neutral leaves can be the ones sunlight hit. One needs light, medium and dark to really pop.
One could do a tree in only pale neutrals and it would still be interesting.
The batik is a Washington DC special edition from Ginny Beyer.
Look again at the botanical prints.
Look again at the sun-washed leaf at the start of the post... still awesome right? Even if it's pale?
So even if a color isn't your favorite, and beige is my least favorite color, there is much to be learned and enjoyed by exploring colors each month. Thank you to Angela for providing prompts, and a place to gather each week.
Linking to among others:
Esther's blog Wednesdays
Let's be social Wednesdays
Midweek makers wednesdays
design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts
Main Crush Monday
scrap happy Saturdays