Colour resource book

I need to post about the exercises in assignment three, but I’m at the stage of starting to put together the colour resource book and I need somewhere to keep track of the various pages to include.

  1. Cover
  2. Title page
  3. Index of colours

I have made a small circle of every gouache colour used elsewhere in the book and I plan to make this into a kind of index. I will also do an index for the watercolours and collage papers. Continue reading


Research point: printed colour resources

Following on from the digital tools I explored in the last post, I wanted to see what a book could offer. Again I took the print version of the El Greco painting as my starting point.

2000 Colour Combinations for graphic, textile and craft designers by Garth Lewis
This book begins with an explanation of colour hue, value and chroma. These relate to hue, brightness and saturation in the digital colour tools. He introduces the colour wheel; primary, secondary and tertiary colours; analogous and complementary colours. Colour triads are illustrated in varying hues, values and chroma, and shown in stripes and other patterns.

The majority of the book is given to hundreds of colour palettes. Each primary and secondary colour is shown in a wide range of palettes with different themes: analogous and complementary; different proportions; different hue, value and chroma. A selection of these palettes is shown in stripes and other compositions.

Shorter chapters discuss colour illusion, virtual colour, and making colour choices.

I took my image and decided to work from the gold/green fabric to find suitable palettes. All the palettes are listed with CMYK and RGB codes, so I was able to make digital versions for the blog, rather than rely on my camera to capture the colours accurately. Continue reading

Ex 3.2: Translation through yarn

I chose to work with El Greco’s Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple. I had access to a good image of this work and I was drawn to the vivid colours, especially in the textiles depicted, and the strong contrasts of light and dark.


I collected piles of different kinds of yarns, threads, and lace in appropriate colours and grouped them according to the sections of colour in the painting. Continue reading

Research point 1: (ii) Paul Smith, Wallace Sewell, Cole & Sons

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a fashion designer, particularly known for his menswear in stripes and bright colours.

I love the colour panels at the back of the catwalk, setting the tone for cool brights. Every look has at least one dash of colour – whether in the accessories or in the main fabrics. These are played down against some of the suits in neutrals (although I also loved the bright red suits!), but played up in more of the casual looks. I love the way he sends menswear and womenswear down the catwalk together, in a cohesive collection that isn’t gender-specific.

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