Choosing fabrics is one of my all time favorite activities. Scouring my stash to find the perfect combination is the best feeling ever. It’s probably one of the reasons I start so many new projects! ha ha! But what’s a girl to do when she absolutely can’t start anything new?
As I’ve been researching different artists for an Art Appreciation unit with my daughter, I came across a new to me artist from the early 1900′s, Gustav Klimt. Specifically, I was drawn to one of the paintings from his “Golden Phase,” The Kiss. I absolutely love everything about this painting. The colors, the shapes, the content. Once I decide what size to buy, there will be a print of this hanging in my house very soon!
In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to try an art inspired exercise in choosing fabrics. For this exercise, I could have just tried picking my most favorite colors out of the painting but instead I gave the Palette Builder tool by Anne at Play Crafts a try. My most favorite part of this tool is the ability shape the results to fit your vision…well, to an extent. After it analyzes your image and displays the colors, you have the option to delete specific ones and add new. I *really* liked this feature! It enabled me to narrow down specifically what I wanted to highlight from the painting and eliminate colors that don’t suit my taste. The other part you might like? It will list out the Kona Cottons that most match the colors selected from your image. Computer generated colors and what you see in “real life” can be very different so this is extremely helpful when looking at your stash.
So you wanna see what I came up with? I’m super excited about this stack of goodness.
There’s a mix of just a few different lines. My goal was to keep it simple, add depth and attempt to bring out that “gold leaf” effect that made this painting so popular. What do you think?
Here’s what’s there:
1. Botanics by Carolyn Frielander is perfect for this exercise. The colors were exactly what I was going for…and the few that chose to add have actual gold accents! Seriously, there could not be a better choice than starting with those.
2. Shot Cottons — There are two different sets that I pulled for this stack. Studio E Shot Cottons purchased from Westwood Acres and Kaffe Fasset Shot Cottons from Form & Fabric (no longer available). The multiple thread colors in these fabrics brings a depth that a regular solid just can’t.
3. True Colors by Anna Maria Horner adds just that touch of graphic boldness that I see in the painting. I was careful not to overdo it with graphic prints, but it needed something a bit bolder than those Botanics leaves. These couple prints did just the trick.
I’m so happy with how this turned out. Maybe it will get turned into something and maybe it won’t, but the process of putting the fabrics together was almost as much fun as the sewing. Looking forward to trying this again with more art pieces that inspire me!
What about you? Where do you find inspiration for color in your projects?