Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Its All About Colour - My Colour Picks for Up Coming Wedding Workshop

New SU Colours Are a Recipe for Change: Change = Good

When I went to OCA (Ontario College of Art) what seems like years ago one of the classes I took was all about colour. Yes a whole year about colour. I remember mixing and mixing trying to create just the right colour why we even created a colour book that had to be handed in at the end of the year for our final mark. I actually wish I still had it, those exercise though then a pain in the behind, I really did learn a lot.

Mixing colour is like a recipe really, just like baking a cake, little bit of this little bit of that add some black to make darker and some white to make lighter. This summer I plan on doing a painting or should I say 6 (10 x 10) paintings for our living room. One painting that will be done on six canvasses to make one painting. OK I can hear what your think why not just do one big painting and all I can say is I am obsessed right now with squares and dividing things. Just like the card I did below, doing it on 6 canvases allows me to shake it up. I can either put it on the wall the way it should be or I can mix it up depending on how it feels. So off I went to the art store to buy my 5 tubes of paint, Cyan (blue) Magenta (red) and yellow plus black and white. I have decided to challenge myself this summer to do it the traditional way mix up my own paint.

Last night I decided to create a wedding pallet of colours based on 4 seasons and a few themes that I want to do using our new SU colour pallets. And I thought I would share this with you in case you would like to try creating your own colour scheme.

Ever wonder what feelings are create from colours or what colours mean around the world here is a breakdown that I always find interesting.
Excitement, energy, passion, desire, speed, strength, power, heat, love, aggression, danger, fire, blood, war, violence, aggression, all things intense and passionate.

Joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, imagination, hope, sunshine, summer, gold, philosophy, dishonesty, cowardice, betrayal, jealousy, covetousness, deceit, illness, hazard.

Peace, tranquility, calm, stability, harmony, unity, trust, truth, confidence, conservatism, security, cleanliness, order, loyalty, sky, water, cold, technology, depression, appetite suppressant.

Energy, balance, warmth, enthusiasm, vibrant, expansive, flamboyant, demanding of attention.

Nature, environment, healthy, good luck, renewal, youth, vigor, spring, generosity, fertility, jealousy, inexperience, envy, misfortune.

Royalty, spirituality, nobility, spirituality, ceremony, mysterious, transformation, wisdom, enlightenment, cruelty, arrogance, mourning.

Security, reliability, intelligence, staid, modesty, dignity, maturity, solid, conservative, practical, old age, sadness, boring.

Earth, hearth, home, outdoors, reliability, comfort, endurance, stability, simplicity, and comfort.

Reverence, purity, simplicity, cleanliness, peace, humility, precision, innocence, youth, birth, winter, snow, good, sterility, marriage (Western cultures), death (Eastern cultures), cold, clinical, sterile.

Power, sexuality, sophistication, formality, elegance, wealth, mystery, fear, evil, anonymity, unhappiness, depth, style, evil, sadness, remorse, anger, underground, good technical color, mourning, death (Western cultures).

There are various cultures who understand the need of colors in their own special manner.

China - symbol of celebration and luck, used in many cultural ceremonies that range from funerals to weddings.
India - color of purity (used in wedding outfits).
United States - Christmas color when combined with green, Valentines Day when combined with pink, indicates stop (danger) at traffic lights.
Eastern cultures - signifies joy when combined with white.

Asia - sacred, imperial.
Western cultures - joy, happiness.

China - associated with immortality.
Colombia - associated with soap.
Hindus - the color of Krishna.
Jews - holiness.
Middle East - protective color.

Note: Blue is often considered to be the safest global color.


Ireland - religious significance (Protestant).
United States - inexpensive goods, Halloween (with black).

China - studies indicate this is not a good color choice for packaging, green hats mean a man's wife is cheating on him.
France - studies indicate this is not a good color choice for packaging.
India - the color of Islam.
Ireland - religious significance (Catholic).
Some tropical countries - associated with danger
United States - indicates go (safe) at traffic lights, environmental awareness, St. Patrick's Day, Christmas color (red and green).

Western cultures - royalty.

Colombia - discourages sales.

Eastern cultures - mourning, death.
Japan - white carnations signify death.
United States - purity (used in weddings).

Western cultures - mourning, death.

Hindu - sacred color. (orangish peach color)

Pastels Korea - trust. United States - spring, Easter; pale blue (baby blue) stands for an infant boy; pale pink stands for an infant girl.


Sabriena Satchwell An Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator said...

I love the colour combo's for the Fall weddings and the beach weddings. I also had no idea what alot of the colours you listed below ment.

Michelle Lotan said...

Love the colours you've picked, especially spring and cherry blossom. Can't wait to see some examples. You'll have to show us photos of your paintings when they are done.