What makes an ugly Christmas sweater so ugly? I was shopping a vintage store today where they had a special display of ugly Christmas sweaters. (Not sure how they acquired such a large selection, they were truly vintage, though!) But I noticed something as I perused the assortment: the worst had the most traditional colors, closest to what we all consider Christmas colors. Like this gem:[caption id="attachment_33058" align="aligncenter" width="417"] Now, I’m not a Grinch. I love Christmas. I just don’t love the traditional Christmas color scheme all that much…[/caption] [caption id="attachment_33052" align="aligncenter" width="663"] I think of these as middle red and middle green. On a color chart, middle red and middle green have the same value—the same degree of lightness or darkness, as compared with a gray scale.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_33057" align="aligncenter" width="324"] For caners, this is a serious issue. My first Christmas or two after discovering polymer clay (almost thirty years ago, time flies when you play with clay!) I tried to make detailed cane patterns. What happens when you reduce the cane? It looks brown! Because there is not enough value contrast, the colors optically blend. If you’ve never tried this, you’ll have to take my word for it. (And if I still had any of those early attempts, I would never show you! HaHa!)[/caption]
Understanding Color Gradients for Caning
So, since I’m waiting for my daughter to finish her finals and come home for college before I finish my shopping, I’m going to see what other Christmas colors I can blend up… happy claying!
Oh, and Merry Christmas!