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Love all colors

… and be less judgmental toward other people color choices.

What is your favorite color?

After spending so much time around colors, choosing color palettes for new projects, looking at colorful art, crafts, food photography, fashion etc. I can’t answer this question anymore. Can you? Do you feel the more time you spend playing with colors the more colors you like? But what about the colors you don’t like?

What is your least favorite color?

Did you ever have to do a project for a client or a custom order, or a gift for a friend with the colors they love and you hate? Working with colors you don’t like can have a pretty negative impact on the entire project and your creativity. So I asked myself how to change that. How not to limit my choices, how to free myself from this negative approach to some colors, and how to enjoy working with any color?

Let's learn how to love all colors

This exercise will not only give you the creative freedom but will also teach how to be more understanding and less judgmental toward people choices of colors in clothing or home decor.

I'm not saying to accept and like everything, after this exercise you will go back to your favorite colors for your projects, but maybe next time when you will have to work with the not so cool color you will welcome the challenge with a smile and little less designer’s ego, and approach your work with more enthusiasm.

OK, less talking, more doing. Let’s the creative challenge begin!

    • Step 1 - Find me
      Select the color you dislike the most. Use colorful magazines, scraps of fabrics, colored cards, scrapbook paper, yarn, thread, color swatches from the DIY store, watercolor paint, colored pencils, markers or crayons... Whatever materials you work with the most.

    • Step 2 - See me
      Put the color on white or neutral color background like a white desk and spend few minutes looking at it and touching it, or even talking to it... I’m serious. Call me crazy but it works! Just say something positive like ”you are a OK color”, “I will try to create something nice with you”, “I know you want to play too” etc. The goal here is to really see and accept this color. Usually, you would just automatically push it away or hide, but today let’s try to see it as a “good” color, an opportunity to learn and grow as a designer and artist.

    • Step 3 - Use me
      If you like me, you probably have a lot of colorful stuff you work with all over your desk, and it’s a good chance you already accidentally discovered nice color companions for your new friend. Make a little mess and spread on your desk scraps of materials or color swatches you have. Take the ”bad” color and place it near every other color on your desk. Take your time, play with it and let yourself be surprised by new color palettes you will discover!

    • Set aside the colors you think will look good with your “bad” guy. Now you can start building new color palette based on those 2 colors by choosing another color that looks good with both of these colors, but also with each of them separately. Repeat this process until you have up to 5 colors for the new palette.
      Another, less messy way to get to like your new color is to surround it with colors form the same color “family”. If the “bad” color is e.g. dark navy blue, select different shades of blue or/and turquoise and see how they look together. Next, add to this group new color like black or yellow or green etc. and build the new color palette from here.
      I’m sure you already have found few great new combinations and your “bad” color is turning into OK color or even a good color. But if you don’t feel sure yet there is one more thing you can do. The one place where there are no wrong colors, no bad color combination - Nature! Take a look at flowers, insects or birds and see how your color is doing there.

I hope you had fun during this little exercise!

Have a great & creative day!
Maja


"Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching because whatever you see can inspire you."

Grace Coddington
Love all colors
love all colors
love all colors
love all colors

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