We talk ALOT about colour over on Rug Hooking Daily, an online community for rug hooking artists. Choosing colour properties and proportions are, shall I say, a bit of an obsession with textile makers.
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 choosing colours for our work?.
Well, because our projects matter of course. Our next rug hooking, weaving, knitting, felting or quilting work will take a huge amount of our time, heaps of energy and a little something from our pocketbook as well.
We take pause to think about how we will go about making things because we care. Because handwork matters.
So if you find yourself at odds when it comes to employing colour in your next project here are some resources, games and exercises that may support you along the way.
1. COLOR ME CURIOUS is the perfect stop to get your colour-choosing juices flowing. Browse hundreds of user-generated colour palettes in monochromatic, complementary, analogous, warm, cool and neutral categories. Bookmark, pin and share your favourite colour combinations for future reference.
2. ADOBE COLOR CC takes things a step further with it's interactive colour wheel. Select a colour or colour family, drag to adjust tints and tones. COLOR CC will readily produce various palettes based on basic colour principals using your preferences. Find how your colour choice relates to others in monochromatic, analogous, triad, complimentary, compound and shade groupings.
3. Things get really interesting at PALETTE GENERATOR where you're invited to upload an image from which a palette of 2-10 colours will be produced.
Use your favourite photo to create a colour palette for unrelated works or use the generator to provide a visual breakdown of a photo that you'd like to reproduce.
Have you used an online palette generator to explore colourways for your work?
Or maybe to paint a bedroom? I'd love to know.