Colour Inspiration

When you want to choose colours for a new project, you can look to the world of Fine Art for inspiration. Here are some palettes I have put together using some of my favourite paintings and prints. For each colourway, I have listed the shades of Anchor Tapestry wool I have used.

Patrick Heron January 1973: 14
Patrick Heron January 1973: 14

Yellow 8122

Orange 8140

Pink 8456

Green 9116

Dark Blue 8740

Black 9800

Edouard Benedictus Relais 1930
Edouard Benedictus Relais 1930

Dark blue 8740

Grey 9788

Sky Blue 8624

Green 9194

Yellow 8016

Mustard 8022

Tan 9448

Pablo PIcasso Mandolin and Guitar 1924

Clockwise from bottom left:

White 8006                Tan 8774

Sky Blue 8774          Bright Red 8216

Cyan 8808               Orange 8140

Black 9800            Pale Yellow 8016

Plum 8508          Bright Yellow 8054

Pale Pink 8362

Vincent van Gogh Irises 1889
Vincent van Gogh Irises 1889

Dark Blue 8740

Green 9116

Aquamarine 8964

Tan 9448

Mustard 8022

Orange 8140

Patrick Caulfield Pottery 1969
Patrick Caulfield Pottery 1969

Clockwise from bottom left:

Plum 8508              Dark Blue 8740

Pink 8414                   Grey 9788

Brick Red 8204              Sky Blue 8624

Mustard 8022          Aquamarine 8964

Bright Yellow 8094      Olive Green 9214

Arman Affiche Feria de Nimes 1995
Arman Affiche Feria de Nimes 1995

Black 9800

Brick Red 8204

Bright Red 8216

Orange 8140

Yellow 8122

White 8006

Pablo Picasso Grande nature Morte 1917-18
Pablo Picasso Grande nature Morte 1917-18

Black 9800

Grey 9788

Tan 9448

Dark Peach 8324

Pale Yellow 8054

White 8006

There are lots of great posts out there giving you guidance for how to choose colours for a project using basic colour theory. Here’s one! But this method really means you can see how the colours look in context, which colour might be an accent used sparingly, which makes a good background, which look particularly striking when placed next to each other…

Give it a try with some of your favourite postcards.

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11 thoughts on “Colour Inspiration

  1. These are so imaginative and such a great idea, I love the fact you have used the postcards. I did a blog post today on colour and how important it is and these really show it. These postcards would be nothing without colour.

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  2. I do a lot of cross stitch and always struggle to put together good palettes when I’m designing my own designs, usually floral or text-based. What a wonderful idea to look to art for inspiration!

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    1. Oh thanks so much for the lovely comment. I am looking forward to doing another colour inspiration post soon. It was fun to put together 🙂 thanks for hosting the linky too x

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  3. I am just learning all this stuff in my 40’s as I do crafts with Olivia. I may be referring back to this in the near future 🙂 Thanks for linking on #wineandboobs

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