Exploring Colour Combinations.
I completed a very interesting course called the Power of Colour with FutureLearn. I learned how to use some digital tools for analysing colour in an image. There are three free tools which you can use. I took a picture of a view near where I live. I uploaded it into the three programmes to see the range of colours: ColorExplorer, TinEye Labs and Pictaculous. You can try these programmes for yourself.
You need to make sure that the image is of a small number of pixels for the programmes to work.
Here is my photograph.
|Photograph across Framwellgate Bridge Durham City, UK|
ColorExplorer.The first analysis is from ColorExplorer at http://www.colorexplorer.com/
I uploaded my photograph and this is the colour analysis.
The second analysis is from TinEye Labs. at http://labs.tineye.com/
The third analysis is from Pictaculous at http://www.pictaculous.com/
As a tool for interior design I can see that it would be very useful.
|The four colours from Pitaculous matched to 16/2 Swedish cotton.|
First Idea.I used the four colours to design my first band. There are 61 warp ends. i used 16/2 Swedish cotton used double to make a wider band. the weft is 6/2 cotton in grey which is nearly the same colour as the grey 16/2 cotton at the edges of the band.
|My first idea|
|The woven band|
After weaving, I decided that I did not like the single red stripe. I left the single green stripe. There are 58 warp ends.
|The woven band|
For band 3 I thought that I would leave the colours in stripes minimising the overlap of colours.
|graph for asymmetrical band|
|Four colour band 3. I like this version.|
So three variations using just four colours.
I would probably not have chosen this particular combination of colours from my photograph but it has been fascinating to see what could be done with them.
I feel that these colour analysis tools would be of more use to interior designers. It was fun to play with them. I feel that I would probably have found these colours anyway by my own method of taking a strip across the photograph. I will show you how to do this in my next blog.
Susan J Foulkes August 2017