We talk about colour ALOT over on Rug Hooking Daily, an online community for rug making artists. Colour choice, it's placement and relationships are an obvious, shall I say, obsession for any textile maker.
But colour is fun right? It's one of the joyful reasons that we do what we do.
So why do we often feel thwarted when it comes to making colour decisions?
Well, because our projects matter, of course. Our next piece of rug hooking, weaving, knitting, felting, or quilting work will require hours of our time, heaps of our energy and a little something from our pocketbook as well. Of course we want to get it right. Because we care, and it matters.
If you find yourself feeling a little stuck when it comes to using colour here are some resources, games and exercises that may lend support ...
1. COLOR ME CURIOUS at colorpod.com is a quick link to get your colour- choosing juices flowing. Click through hundreds of user-generated palettes within monochromatic, complementary, analogous, warm, cool and neutral categories. Think of this site as the ultimate colour flash card game. Bookmark, pin and share your favourite palettes for future reference.
2. ADOBE COLOR CC takes your planning one step further. This is an interactive tool that lets you build your own colour palette based on the basic rules of colour theory. Select a colour on the wheel, drag to adjust tints and tones, then explore your selection with respect to monochromatic, analogous, triad, complimentary, compound and shaded colourways.
3. Things get really exciting with PALETTE GENERATOR where you are invited to upload your own image to produce a palette of 2 - 10 colours. Your favourite photos will form potential palettes for any number of unrelated works, or use the generator to provide a visual key for images that you'd like to reproduce.