Colour Palette - October 2020

by Kate Anderson on Oct 28, 2020

Colour Palette - October 2020

Let's make a new palette of colours!

The weather is getting colder here in the PNW ( Pacific North West) which I love. This will be my first "proper" winter since moving to America and I'm nervous but also excited! We've been to the obligatory pumpkin patch and I have cold weather gear sorted for the family. We're slowly watching the temperature drop each day (in celsius, of course) and our heater is earning its keep.

What season is your favourite time of year?

Each month, I am taking a photograph I quite like aesthetically and choosing a colour palette from it. Then from there, taking those colours and converting it to DMC flosses. Again, just in case [legal reasons and yada yada]; I'm not endorsed by the company DMC, I just love the quality and options provided.

The chosen palette for October
The chosen palette

I really love the website Unsplash for high-quality, free-to-use, random stock photos (hence why I'm constantly referring back to the artist of whichever photo I do use!) so let's keep it going with making a DMC palette from another gorgeous photo via there?

So now we have our colour scheme, let's convert these RGB colours into DMC colours!

201, 205, 207 159
93, 139, 139 3848
17, 26, 20 3371
216, 133, 100 3778
189, 56, 42 347
The floss colours picked
The floss colours themselves!

Earthy tones

Of course, taking swatches from a very autumn-esque photo is going to land me a very picturesque fall palette. There's no surprise there. But I could also see a really good spin on Christmas colours here, as well as something very earthy and grungy.
What do you think of these colours together?

So keeping in mind there 16,777,216 different available colours when using the RGB scale ( 256×256×256) and only 500 colours in the DMC selection, sometimes getting the absolute perfect colour can be a bit tricky. Sacrifices and allowances must be made.

Looking at these colours together, I see a great palette to do some abstract pieces, some childrens-inspired designs or even some blackwork, if you're feeling adventurous! What kind of things can you see yourself making from these colours?

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In a previous life (AKA: pre-kids), I was a web des/dev & photographer who loved to dabble in numerous arts and crafts. Now, I'm a cross-stitch & embroidery pattern designer and full-time mum to Charlie & Alex, with adult-diagnosed ADHD. Closet nerd, self-proclaimed hermit and professional procrastinator. I have a secret crush on modern architecture, brush calligraphy, sweets, pretty nails and pastel colours.