So, it’s day 4 of my creativity challenge! Today you’ll do a simple exercise to see the color around you by using an online color palette generating tool. Breaking color down into fundamental blocks this way is really interesting because it gets you beyond your expectations. For example, in the image of my daughter’s ballet class (below), I knew I’d get a palette of greys and blacks because I know the floor of the dance studio is almost black. But not so! My mind knows the color of the floor, but the camera captured shades of browns because of the reflected light. So it is with our eyes…we learn to see color more clearly when we remove our ingrained patterns of seeing our “ideas” of color and actually looking at what is there. I used PaletteGenerator.com. It takes just a few seconds! Simply upload an image and drag across it to select the area of the picture you want to match. Click “submit the selection” at the bottom. You can take screen shots to save your palettes. (On a mac, use command + shift + 4 … then use the cursor to select your image).
Besides being fun and addictive, playing with the tools gets you into seeing palettes everywhere. No matter what form your creativity takes, you’ll probably need to work with color at some point. If you have a most favorite image, you can pop it in the Palette Builder and come up with a color scheme that you could use when designing…a painting, quilt…a cake…or even a party or online invitation. Get your inner-designer juices flowing!
Sewing people, you may like to play with the nifty color matching tool called Palette Builder over at Play-Crafts.com here. There you will receive a match to Kona cotton solids so you can order fabric to match the palette in your image. Cool!