Finding inspiration in colour?

Inspiration comes from so many varied places… it can come from a feeling, from artwork created across the centuries, from the incredible form of leaves and flowers or from a combination of colour that catches your eye. Some days it can almost seem like everything I see fills me with the desire to create.
Today is all about colour for me… again I have been drawn to soft and subtle tones. I tend to collect images that have colour combinations that appeal to me. Photos can be a wonderful source of inspiration. If I like the way the colours work together in an image, I figure that choosing a similar palette in fabric could work equally as well for a future project.
(Please note that each image is linked to it's source where possible… some links are to very talented artists. Please take a moment to check out their work. Click on the image to be directed to its source. I have been unable to find the source of the last image.)
Imagine all these different greens and white and grey together. So soft and fresh…
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This is one of my favourite images for colour, with it's many pastel tones and the additional hint of bold pink and darker green…
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More white here, with lilac of every shade and a beautiful sage green…
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I find this deep blue so beautiful together with the jade green, white and the tiniest hint of pink…
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Lots of grey, white and green here, but the almost black of the branches and black of this little chap's face add a depth to the overall colour combination, that would otherwise be lacking…
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It doesn't have to be nature inspired, to get my imagination ticking. Just look at this beautiful blue, beige, brown and cream…
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I also find vintage ephemera great for colour inspiration, like these Good Housekeeping covers, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith. (I adore how she captured these sweet little faces… sigh… such a talent) The muddy red and green together with the soft skin tones are absolutely gorgeous, when dreaming of an Autumn themed project. I equally love the reddy-orange, white and retro-green of the 2nd cover.
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I've always found this postcard an interesting one. Putting a deep burgundy purple together with a soft yellow would never usually cross my mind… but just look at how well they compliment each other here. My husband tells me they are opposites on the colour wheel, which is why they work so well together.
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Often we can look at the fabrics we have, and have no idea what to do with them or how to draw them all together in a project. Maybe you have a favourite photo, book cover or treasured card from a loved one, from which you can draw colour inspiration. I know that it helps me look at some of my older fabrics in a whole new light.
I collect and store many images for colour inspiration and other interesting things on Pinterest. Do you pin? It's like having a collection of pin-boards where you can store all your favourite links. You can follow friends and make new connections, allowing you enjoy others collections/boards too. Beware, it's quite addictive!
Until next time,
Melissa  x

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