Image via Ciao Bella Tumblr
Image via Ciao Bella Tumblr
Don’t forget to share your projects if you make use of this palette
Image titled ‘Well travelled’ is copyright of David Yankle
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:
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.
Did you know that iStockphoto release a free vector and image each week? Neither did I until I paid attention to the email in my inbox and now I watch out for them. This pomegranate came free a couple of weeks ago and fitted with my current fruit obsession. Something I haven’t done in a long while is a palette and pattern post so I thought I would make them a regular feature again. Now why did I stop?
My two patterns were inspired by the first round of logo development I did a couple of years ago. I came across a very rough single line pear drawing I did when brainstorming ideas for Crimson Pear. I thought it would be fun to reminisce and include it in a pattern. The second one is actually the middle of my current, but soon to be superseded, logo. I created both patterns using Illustrator CS6’s new pattern maker tool, which I’m not sure I completely understand how to drive and while I sit here and type I can see a couple of errors so don’t look too closely.
I had forgotten how much I love making palettes and patterns. This is my first one in a while that started with that great photo titled bring me your colours that I might be with them by I, Timmy over at Flickr. I worked to get 5 colours that seemed to belong together and when I’d found a collection I liked it kind of reminded me of old time story books, which explains the name, in case you were wondering.
This palette also seemed to work for my ‘Scandi Doodles’ that I’ve been doing this week towards my zine. I had a lot of fun drawing dandelions and other weeds and although my triangles were originally created for a different colour scheme they kind of work with this one. My patterns are Storybook Weeds (top) and All Geometric (bottom) and you’re welcome to recolour them over at ColourLovers. Enjoy!
I wasn’t very happy with my last attempt at my seeds and pods patterns so I decided to go back to the drawing board. I made a few colour modifications to the pattern template because I felt it would work better with a reduced colour palette. The other change I made was my palette and this time I used this one based on a photo of tree pods I took at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Discover Centre. A blogging buddy (yes Miss Robin I’m talking about you) made me promise I would post my changes, so here they are.
My patterns are Seeds take two (top) and Pods again (bottom), you’re welcome to download them and tweak them on ColourLovers. I’m much happier with the Seeds take two as they are a little less busy but I’m still not sure how I feel about the pods. If you have a thought I would love to hear it.
I’m not sure why I’m thinking of spring since autumn is approaching for us. I have, however, been thinking of seeds and pods this week ever since picking up a gorgeous tree pod when we were on the beach. I guess these thoughts somehow led me to this gorgeous photo Garden: 0919, Day Lilly by Andy Ciordia. My palette was the basis for my patterns this week.
To be honest I don’t think either of them are very successful but I think they have potential. This was my attempt at a small print and I will probably go back to the drawing board (or should I say Wacom tablet) to tweak them a little. I think they might be better with a reduced palette, what do you think? Maybe 2 colours or 3 at most. You’re welcome to download or tweak them on ColourLovers, they are Sowing Seeds (top) and Floating Pods (bottom).
This adorable picture called Crochet Flowers by Carina Envoldsen-Harris was the source of my palette inspiration today. They just reminded me of spring flowers climbing a trellis. Of course after yesterday’s post I had to make a trellis pattern or two of my own so here are my patterns: Thinking in Circles (top), which I know is not particularly original but it is still a pattern that pleases me. Thinking in Square (bottom) proved to be quite a challenge to get it from Illustrator to Seamless Studio. Click on the pattern image to view the pattern in ColourLovers and you can download them from there as well. Enjoy!
It’s been a while since my last palette and I had forgotton how much I enjoy the process. Inspired by the snowflake image by Kathy I set about to create my palette, I paid a little more attention to what I like to think of as geography in an image. This is how much a colour occupies the real estate of the image and what colours immediately jump out at me – squinting helps me with this task. Remembering of course that at ColourLovers you are limited to a palette of 5 colours.
I think though I really enjoyed the beginning to end process of my pattern making this time around using my own hand drawn snowflakes. This was my first attempt and I learned a lot from the exercise. I was very judgemental of my drawings but once I started to incorporate scale and colour they really did reveal something different. My two patterns, which you are welcome to download and use are (top) Snowing Somewhere and (bottom) Primary Snow. If you are a ColourLover you can also use my templates to create a pattern with your own colours. And I’ve just spotted a flaw in the bottom one, can you see it? Oh well.
Well my light is on it’s way and now I’m planning lighting for the rest of the house. I seem to be somewhat obsessed with luminescence this week so I thought I’d use that obsession for my palette and subsequent patterns. To be honest I like the palette a lot but I don’t think it does anything for my patterns.
Both patterns this week celebrate light and after drawing my light bulb I realised that not too many light bulbs actually have that shape anymore – I’m showing my age. My patterns are Lighting the Way (top) and Lightbulbs (bottom). I think I may have to go back to the drawing board with my colour choices but my patterns have potential.