Thursday, 27 May 2010
Lately I've been looking at colours that represent a seasonal feel and I've found it useful to bring these colours together using salvaged magazine pages. I always keep pages that have particularly striking colour combinations but they tend to just sit in a box and not really get any further, until I use them for something like this...
I select the pages that fit the mood I'm after and tear strips off so that any image is broken up into fragments. Then I weave the strips together into a block of mixed tones and textures. I find it can make a good starting point to bring colours that have the right kind of feel together and from this I can pick out particular combinations that work.
This lot was spring.
From that I picked out key colours and mixed them in paint.
which developed further into striped forms
Winter stayed in stripes instead of the woven block of the previous ones.
What I like about these ready made collected colours is that they have textures and variation in them that you wouldn't get from a painted sheet of paper, so there is immediately another element in the mix. Sometimes this can complicate things but other times it helps to get a more subtle feel for a colour palette, particularly when it is going to be developed into textiles.
Autumn started like this
and ended up like this
Current listening: Noah and the Whale: The First Days of Spring