If you’re joining me from the Passion for Pattern blog hop today, you’ve landed here via Amanda Taylor. Her stitched art is really unique, I especially love this little bunny. Reminds me of the quilt I had when I was a little girl. It has a vintage feel to it which I love. And that’s what this hop is all about, passion (or love) for pattern specifically. I’d like to share a project with you that I’ve been working on called colorcandy.
What is colorcandy? When you deconstruct an image to create a color palette, you’re seeing the colors at their base as they combine to create the bigger picture. So imagine a picture of the moon landing, an astronaut in white standing on a grey powdery surface. It’s dark and harshly lit. So the colors are white, grey, brown and black. Hrm. Not very sexy. Now, let’s think about the conditions of that moment. The conflicting feelings of aloneness and elation that the astronaut must have felt. The never-ending black of the distance. The silence of the grey surface beneath of his feet. Now those colors take on a message, each with their own story to tell. That’s what I want to do with colorcandy: pulling color from emotion-rich, iconic images and using those keywords to help you select color palettes to convey a similar message in your design.
As designers, we have to create work that’s marketable. The color palette we chose for a design is integral to how that design will be received. Our work connects us to the consumer and people pay for a feeling. There are many aspects we have to consider: trends, seasons and target audience. How we want people to feel when they see our design is probably the biggest of all. That’s what colorcandy is all about.
I’m including two colorcandy inspiration sheets in today’s post (jpg format). Can you think of a pattern idea or motif that would work well with IN THE MOMENT or GO LIGHTLY? For me, IN THE MOMENT would be a great palette for a garden of eden pattern. What do you think? I’d love to hear your feedback.
So here’s the deal: every week you can receive colorcandy pdfs in your mailbox! Simply join the mailing list to the right and enjoy a little weekly inspiration on me. I hope you’ll find colorcandy to be a sweet addition to your creative arsenal!
Onto the next pattern-loving blog in the hop: Mary Tanana of Groovity Designs!