A few months ago, I posted a tutorial over at The Copy+Paste Project all about how to make colour swatches from photographs. Lots of people said lots of nice things about it, one of them being my lovely friend, Gabrielle. In fact, being a proactive sort of a gal, Miss Gabs didn’t just say nice things, she rolled up her (probably vintage) sleeves and posted a few of the pretty palettes she’d been making.
The two of us had been talking for a while about doing a project together, and at some point during one of those inevitably lengthy conversations, we ended up coming back to the colour swatches. The idea is simple, and I’m very happy to introduce you to Palette Pingpong. Each week, Gabs and I will take turns picking out a little bit of photo inspiration for each other to turn into a colour palette. Often, it’ll just be about the pretty colours, hopefully it’ll throw up some unexpected combinations to inspire us (and you!), and once in a while we’ll give the swatch in question a little workout while we’re at it.
Today, though, we're kicking things off with pictures we’ve chosen ourselves – Gabs has one of mine and I’ve stolen one of hers. (Neither of us know which images the other has used, so you can bet your pingpongs I’ll be dashing over there for a nosy as soon as I’ve finished writing this.) I had a tricky job picking just one of her photos (truthfully? I didn’t – this is just my favourite of the three I made), but here you go with my Green Gables-inspired colour swatch.
I think it’s the fact I’m feeling the tiniest touch of autumn in the early morning air just now that pulled me towards that particular set of colours. It’s my favourite time of year and I’m pretty sure this colour combination will be featuring in at least a couple of autumnal projects this year.
As for what I’ve done with it right now, I took just a little bit more inspiration from Gabrielle and recoloured something I made to celebrate the opening of her online shop, The Green Gables, last month. (You can see the original here.)
If you’d like to play along and have a go at making your own colour swatches, or using those we’ve put together, you know you’d be very welcome. Link me up in the comments below, or leave a note with Gabrielle over at The Green Gal. Don't forget to go and see what she's done with her end of the bargain, too - that's where I'm headed right now.