Color Scheme Assistance

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Taking a break from just posting awesome things or DIYs, I wanted to share another tool for all you artist/artisans out there. When designing a piece, one of the hardest things to do sometimes is color. Now I don’t mean color for something you know or recreating, but picking color from scratch for something new and unique. This can be for anything from a website to a new fantasy creature and it can take hours of slight adjustments to get something the eye sees as ‘right’. Thankfully in this age of the internet, kind people have developed palette designers to help us with this task.

This is a site called Paletton. It’s an easy click and drag way to get you making a color scheme quick and easy. You start with a main color you know you want and then let the program to the work for you, or completely pick out lots of shades and get a fast mock-up of them to see if they work. Great if you have a starting point and just need a little push to get your colors together, but what if picking color schemes is a slog for you? Well I’ve got something for that too. Coolors makes it even easy with randomly generated palettes you can cycle through or explore ones generated by other users.

Both tools are completely free and allow you get the design info you need and get back to work on your beautiful art piece. 🙂

A History of Color

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Something a bit different for today. I came across this article recently and it struck a chord with me that harked back to my color theory days in school. While it makes sense once you talk about it, most people won’t consider where the color for their project comes from. Sure objectively we all know it’s made from dyes that are made in factories and added to the base, but what about that color. Where did it come from? What’s the original source?

Back even just 100 years ago, pigments were created from nature and some of the most vibrant colors were also the most rare. A rock of lapis lazuli was worth it’s weight in gold for the brilliant shade of blue it provided. If you fancy a quick lesson in history, check out this article from CO.DESIGN and if you’re really into history then maybe visit the place they talk about; The Harvard Pigment Library.

It is a store for the world’s colors. Some of which have gone extinct or are incredibly rare/illegal to obtain; like Mummy Brown that was made from the wrappings of embalmed mummies.

It’s a pretty cool read that will make you pause and really think about where that color in your bracelet or your favorite clothing dye came from. Maybe even inspire a natural color set for your next project. AT the very least you’ve learned a fun fact to throw out at parties. 😉