Friday, March 22, 2013

Read: A Dictionary of Color Combinations

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If you are anything like me you might need a little help when it comes to focusing your color choices.  I tend to get either fixated on one color for long periods...or I get overwhelmed when combining colors and end up getting frustrated by my distractions.  For instance, I am definitely using Teal this time and then 2 hours later I have abandoned the Teal and have shifted through five other color choices before remembering that damn it I was limiting myself to Teal this time!

So when I found this cute little Japanese book which of course called out for me to touch it simply because it was a cute little Japanese book, it is 6"x4", I nearly died when I opened it up to see all the awesome color combos!  

Hello.  This is the artsy version of the idiots guide to color combinations.  Or as my 4 year old would say "It's faaaancy".
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I picked up this book when I was in Portland, Oregon at a fancy schmancy art bookstore.  You can imagine my annoyance at now seeing it on Amazon for...well...LESS. 

I digress.  The book rocks, it was worth it, it was a vacation purchase and I will never forget that weekend, the store, or the awesome company I was with when I found this gem of a cute little Japanese book.  Plus, I am going to use it as a reference to my color choices over and over and over again.  So for me?  It was worth the cost.

What do you think?  [Not about the cost.] Would you use a book like this?

- rebecca lynne


14 comments:

Canadian Abroad said...

I over the look of that book. It would give me ideas for colours combinations that I would never think of.

Nat at Made in Home said...

I would love a book like this. I try with my interest to have a colour coordination board to try widen my horizons, but a dictionary of combinations would be wonderful!

Farm Quilter said...

Sure! It would be nice to have new color combinations to work with that I know would work well together!

Jenny Squawk said...

Not for me. Color is instinctual for me. Granted most think I user color more than I ought to, but whatever it makes me happy.

Jenny Squawk said...

Not for me. Color is instinctual for me. Granted most think I user color more than I ought to, but whatever it makes me happy.

Hitch & Thread said...

Hell yeah!! Colour is the hardest!

Kelli said...

I would LOVE a little book like that. If for no other reason than to sit and leaf through it over and over and stare at the pages. :) I'm sure it would help me with color ideas! What a great find!

Janine said...

I love your little book! I could leaf through it over and over. I'm not sure that I'd literally discipline myself to choose a palette and make a quilt but I think with things like this it all goes around subconsciously and emerges as something creative that probably wouldn't have happened otherwise :)

Cotton Sparrow said...

I love this...can;t have too much inspiration.

giddy99 said...

I have a couple of color combination books, but not that one! I do use them; thanks for the tip!

jeifner said...

What a beautiful book. I don't know that I'd need it for color inspiration-rather color and design appreciation. Reminds me of a book that was printed in English in the ... 50's or 60's? My art teacher would pull it out and it's, of course, out of print and this would be wonderful to have and just flip through for joy :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

oohhh gorgeous book, I would love that for the inspiration!

Lisa said...

Yes, colors are universal nomatter the language! So cool!

Laikabear said...

I would buy it! (Uh... it's in my Amazon cart now, thanks!). I got a little color card thingy The Ultimate 3 in 1 Color Tool and haven't used it much though...