Friday, August 26, 2011

Photoless Friday (25):...yup...Owen Jones on color!

More thought-provoking design advice from Owen Jones'"The Grammar of Ornament":

PROPOSITION 26: [color, cont.] Colours on white grounds appear darker; on black grounds lighter.

Ponder and enjoy!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Milan Monday (40): a lovely 1930s snippet

A lovely 1930s snippet for your personal, non-commercial needlepointing and/or cross-stitching.

As usual, I took a snap, then used StitchPainter to turn it into a diagram, then turned it into a BMP for sharing with you.

If you'd like more info about the snap, go to my blog on Milan, My Milan (Italy):


Friday, August 19, 2011

Photoless Friday (24) guessed it...more Owen Jones on color

We're heading into the home stretch, really we are!

Here is the next design advice snippet from Owen Jones' "Grammar of Ornament":

PROPOSITION 25: [color, cont.] When two different colours are juxtaposed, they receive a double modification; first, as to their tone (the light colour appearing lighter, and the dark colour appearing darker); secondly, as to their hue, each will become tinged with the complementary colour of the other.

When we finish going through them all, and you've had time to think about each of them and "digest" them, we'll try some designing experiments together.

'Til the next Photoless Friday...Enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Milan Monday (39): a snippet of Art Deco

A snippet of Milanese Art Deco for this Milan Monday.

I took one of my snaps, turned it into a StitchPainter diagram, and then into a BMP image for your personal, non-commercial enjoyement.

If you're interested in knowing more about the image, see my blog on Milan:

My Milan (Italy):


Friday, August 12, 2011

Photoless Friday (23): More...Owen Jones (surprise!)

More Owen Jones...surprise!

We're working our way through what I consider to be the more important snippets of great design advice found in his "Grammar of Ornament." (He should have asked me to edit this list before he published it, there's some repetition, only I would have had to have been born more than a hundred years earlier, and my parents hadn't met, yet.)

Today's snippet is:

PROPOSITION 24: [color, cont.] When two tones of the same colour are juxtaposed, the light colour will appear lighter, and the dark colour darker.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Milan Monday (38): a Renaissance family crest

Like heraldic imagery?

Here's a family crest for you, from the right hand side of a mid 15th century portal in Milan.

I isolated the detail of my photo, and turned it into a StitchPainter diagram, then into a BMP to share with you for your personal, non-commercial enjoyment.

If you want to know more about the doorway, go to my previous (fairly recent) post:


Friday, August 5, 2011

Photoless Friday (20): More Owen Jones (out of chronological order, to get us back on track...)

We were up to the published Photoless Friday note n. 22, and the "label" number wasn't tallying.

Hunting here and there, I finally realized that I had skipped n. 20! Sorry!

So, here's more Owen Jones (what else?) on color (what else?), to get us back on track...thanks for your patience!

PROPOSITION 23: [color, cont.] No composition can ever be perfect in which any one of the three primary colours is wanting, either in its natural state or in combination.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Milan Monday (37): another lion!

Milan Monday, again, already! Time has been flying, I've been so busy at work. Now that it's vacation time, I hope to spend more time with you.... More...

To kick things off, here is another lovely lion on the fa├žade of the Palazzo dei Giuresconsulti in Milan (if you want to know more about the building, see my other blog:

I turned my photo into a StitchPainter diagram, then into a BMP to share with you for your personal, non-commercial enjoyment.

On an 18-point canvas, it should work up to be about 16" wide by 14" tall.

Hope you like it!
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