Very Cool Website and Tool: Play Crafts and Palette Builder

Before becoming a blogger, I did not follow many blogs. Now  I find myself following many interesting blogs, including one by a fellow quilter/crafter knitNkwilt. Thanks to one of her recent posts I was introduced to a wonderful website Play Crafts and their free online tool Palette Builder 2.1!

In my post Creative Inspiration: Nature, I discuss how the colors in a photo from Red Rock Canyon State Park inspired an abstract art quilt I created. I manually determined what colors were in the photo and matched them to fabric in my stash. Play Craft’s tool Palette Builder 2.1 identifies the key colors in a photograph for you automatically and for free!

Below is a photo I took while in Morrison, Colorado near the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater:


Here is the photo after running it through Palette Builder:

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Palette Builder has identified the palette for a piece based on the photo. You could use this palette to create a painting or to design a textile based piece inspired by this photo! Palette Builder appears to be connected with Moda Fabrics (one of my favorite quilt fabric manufacturers) and lists the specific Moda fabric that corresponds to the color identified in the photo.

If I were working on a piece based on this photo, and say using batiks, I would add in additional tones and shades of the colors suggested to include a forest green color for the foliage and perhaps another shade of brick red. However this tool gives you a great place to start on your palette – for free!

I am looking forward to using this tool in designing a future textile piece based on a photo that inspires me creatively!