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Do you ever watch The Voice on television? I saw my first episode a few weeks back while rocking my grand baby to sleep. I enjoyed the interaction between the singers and the mentors.

Last week, one of the singers sang a rendition of True Colors. Such a beautiful song.

Developing an individual voice is something all artists work at. Finding the aspects of your art that you really enjoy, that convey your message or that please your eye, is the heart of using your creative vision. Your personal color palette is part of that vision, part of what the mentors are talking about when they say, ”Make it your own.”

Do you wish you could mix your own “true” colors, the ones that inspire you and thrill you right down to your toes? That is what we will learn in the upcoming sessions of True Colors: Developing Your Personal Palette.

Hand-dyed clothWhile we will be using the 13 primaries in the Procion MX line, all the pure yellows, reds, and blues, we will be mixing them mostly by eye, as a painter would . Learn which of the primaries you should have in your mixing palette, that will enable you to mix up all the colors in your inspiration file.

While we will share some samples with each other, this is not a formula-based class.

Learn the properties and individual quirks of the colors, and how to mix them for the depth of shade you need.

palette of colors in hand-dyed clothIn addition, we will learn a variety of techniques for low water immersion dyeing, and will also thicken dyes for printmaking.

This class does not repeat dye techniques from Color Mixing for Dyers. In fact, both of these color courses enhance each other, and add to the depth of your understanding with entirely different approaches.

Have questions? Ask me in the comments or feel free to email me (just click the link in the footer of the page).

Here is what some students have had to say after taking True Colors: Developing Your Personal Palette…..

“I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful week.  I was SO impressed with your organization, preparation, diagrams and absolute knowledge of the dyes, the theory and the reality of dyeing fabric for ourselves.  Once  you admitted to being a teacher in school I understood why you are so effective.  You have given me tremendous confidence( I may have delusions of adequacy) to feel that I can now be in charge of the dyeing process, rather than settling for what I get!   THANK YOU!!”  –KF

“Looking to the future for classes. You are a brilliant teacher and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all your work to make color so much fun for me. Now to practice what I’ve learned–so exciting.”  –DS

5 comments… add one
Kay Sorensen May 20, 2013, 2:24 pm

Each and every time I see something you post about color it gets me all excited about dyeing and color all over again.
I think my middle name should have been COLOR!

carol May 20, 2013, 2:34 pm

Oh, I am surprised! I thought your name WAS Kay Kolor Sorenson!

chris May 22, 2013, 2:46 pm


ellen August 16, 2013, 11:22 pm

great photo of dana and her fabrics! I shall always remember my first dyeing class – True Colors.

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