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Texture colour palette #1

People who know me well, know that I’m a huge fan of colour palettes. Nothing is more lovely to me than a curated collection of well placed colours. I have a whole Pinterest Board devoted to colour palettes for inspiration.

Welcome to the first (of many I hope) post just for palettes – but with a little difference. My problem with most inspirational palettes I collect is that they have a small number of colours (5 usually) and sometimes the colours, while they look amazing, are tonally equivalent which makes them difficult to use in a lot of my design work when I’m looking for contrast. The other problem is that I like to include neutrals in my design work and am always searching for the perfect brown or grey. This quest combined with my obsessive pinning of rust and paint texture images has inspired me towards creating my own palettes, since much of my theme design work starts with an image for both colour and motif inspiration.

There are a few rules I’ve set for myself:

  • Each palette will have a minimum of eight colours all derived from the texture image
  • The complimentary brown and grey (at the bottom of the palette) are hand mixed using this very cool technique I learned in the Skillshare class Introduction to Surface Design: Creating and Mixing Patterns (affiliate link) by Jenna Frye, my current girl crush.
  • There is a good range of contrast in the colours.

It was easy to follow the rules with this amazing image. I’ll see how I go and I hope you keep me on task. Also let me know if you use any of these palettes for your projects.

Quick question though: do I include hex codes for each colour or leave them out? I’m undecided if they are useful or not.

Untitled image by Don Taylor via Flickr

November 13, 2015 \ colour lover \ 2 comments

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Flickr three :: #2ECC72 :: emerald

Stadium seats

Textured plastic cyclinders

Brush painting blue onto a green wall

Colour swatch #2ECC72

It’s been a strange week of finishing uni for the semester, hot then cold and that eerie light that comes with bushfires. How have you been?

My flickr three are from top:
Euroborg Stadion by diebmx, Obras verdes by Fernando Carmona Gonzalez, pintura lado B by Ángel Raúl Ravelo Rodríguez

P.S. – you can also select my colour emerald or #2ECC72 to see it on my ColourLovers page. Are you a ColourLover? Let’s be friends

October 20, 2013 \ colour lover \ 0 comments - be the first

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Flickr three :: #8E2933 :: pomegranate seed

Red wood and brickwork

Red berry and leaves

Red wood witht the number 157 painted in white

Colour swatch #8E2933

This week has been about planting beets, time off with my little men, visiting the last of the Floriade flowers, a little disappointment and pizza making. What have you been up to?

My flickr three are from top:
Abstract colour 0015 by John Cooper, red by Cindy Zackowitz, 157 by Frank Serritelli

P.S. – you can also select my colour pomegranate seed or #8E2933 to see it on my ColourLovers page. Are you a ColourLover? Let’s be friends

October 13, 2013 \ colour lover \ 2 comments

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Flickr three :: #FCAC8F :: party and lights

Electrical box on apricot coloured wall

Fabric rose on a lace dress

Silouhette of a dove against an orange sky

Colour swatch #FCAC8F

So I completely missed last week, sorry about that. Our family trekked way out to outback NSW for a memorial service and we decided to fit in a visit to Taronga Western Plains Zoo on the way home. The Galapagos Tortoise, meerkats and the bison were the family favourites.

Last week disappeared in a blur of school holidays, work and uni. I think I have now caught my breath. What have you been up to?

My flickr three are from top:
reading by Andrew Walsh, for a party by mio-spr, dove2 by .EVO.

P.S. – you can also select my colour party and lights or #FCAC8F to see it on my ColourLovers page. Are you a ColourLover? Let’s be friends

October 6, 2013 \ colour lover \ 0 comments - be the first

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Flickr three :: #F1C40B :: sunflower

Dried red rose on a yellow background

Shadows on a yellow wall

Extreme close up of the centre of a yellow flower

Colour swatch #F1C40B

I cannot get this colour out of my head this week. Maybe an over saturation will help me shift it. Is it because spring is here?

This week has been about the end of projects and new challenges. What have you been up to?

My flickr three are from top:
by Surizar, IMGP1058 by S. H., CR2_IMG_5053_275 by Sebastian Vandrey

P.S. – you can also select my colour sunflower or #F1C40B to see it on my ColourLovers page. Are you a ColourLover? Let’s be friends

September 22, 2013 \ colour lover \ 1 comment

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Flickr three :: #93A358 :: cool trails

Lady beetle on a leaf

Close up of a dragonfly on a stalk

Close up of a bee in flight

Colour swatch #93A358

I promise I did not set out to choose bugs. Spring is in the air and these images all had my colour and seemed to fit with the weather and all together.

This week has been about new projects, recovering from my trip to Singapore (more on that later this week) and making connections. What have you been up to?

My flickr three are from top:
Untitled by rosemary*, X-Wing Fighter! by Bob Travis, Bee Fly by Sparrow

P.S. – you can also select my colour cool trails or #93A358 to see it on my ColourLovers page. Are you a ColourLover? Let’s be friends

September 15, 2013 \ colour lover \ 2 comments

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Flickr three :: #2ECC72 :: pomegranate

Extreme close up of orange flower stamen

Orange metal wall with rivets

Close up of orange leaf

Colour swatch #E64C3B

This week has been about new designs, packing for Singapore and shooting hoops. What have you been up to?

My flickr three are from top:
Deploy Fireworks! by Michael Barkowski, No complains! by Pulpolux!!!, red eucalypt by David Midgley

P.S. – you can also select my colour pomegranate or #E64C3B to see it on my ColourLovers page. Are you a ColourLover? Let’s be friends

September 1, 2013 \ colour lover \ 0 comments - be the first

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Flickr three :: #53606A :: in a mood

frozen grass

sun behind clouds

The riders view of front wheel of a bicycle

Colour swatch #53606A

This week has been about solving problems, getting better and hanging out with my little men. What have you been up to?

My flickr three are from top:
Frozen by Bernhard Johannes Vogler, partly sunny by Iris Shreve Garrott, Going somewhere by Michele Finotto

P.S. – you can also select my colour in a mood or #53606A to see it on my ColourLovers page. Are you a ColourLover? Let’s be friends

August 25, 2013 \ colour lover \ 0 comments - be the first

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