In late April, I'll be taking a class with Margaret Bendig called Potpourri on Canvas. It sounds like a fun (yet perhaps frustrating) class. The canvas will be divided into 45 blocks of various sizes, and Margaret suggests stitches for each area, but the colors and threads are left to the stitcher's imagination.
As is often the case with classes like this, Margaret has suggested that one way to pick colors is to start with an overdyed thread and use it for inspiration for color families. I've decided to go another route.
I work at a company that (among other things) makes high-quality production printers. In selling these products, we always need to have print samples around to show the quality of our output prints. Occasionally, some of these print samples get left out in a common area so the employees can pick up some. They're often amazing photographs.
This is how the beauty of Arizona's Lower Antelope Canyon caught my eye. I've had a print of some of the standing waves from the canyon sitting on my desk for several weeks now. When the time came to pick out colors for Margaret's class, I decided to use this photograph (and similar online photos) as inspiration. Some of these photos have the most wonderful colors, like this one:
I pulled the palette colors from it in an image manipulation program. For my Potpourri class, I'm aiming for these colors, with perhaps a bit of yellow and magenta thrown in too.
I'm curious. What do you do when you have a chance to pick your own color scheme? What inspires your choices? This is my first time starting with a photo and pulling colors from it. I'm excited to see how it develops.
I'll let you know when I have a chance to go through my stash to find appropriate threads.