GOOD READ

Em­brace spring’s emerg­ing colours – from bold brights to pretty pas­tels – to in­spire your makes, cre­ate con­nec­tions and boost your mood

Mollie Makes - - Contents - Words: KAREN DUNN Il­lus­tra­tion: JACQUE­LINE COL­LEY

New ways to get colour into your life

Have you ever con­sid­ered how a pas­sion for colour could con­nect you to other mak­ers with a love for a par­tic­u­lar pal­ette? Or how it has the power to give your craft projects a new lease of life?

With the sea­son’s change, there’s no bet­ter time to re­fresh your creative colour pal­ette and try out some new tones, es­pe­cially since adding more colour into our lives can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on how we feel – think wear­ing a vi­brant cardi­gan to give you a lift on a drab day. And, even for those fond of muted tones, it’s easy to take the leap to liv­ing more colour­fully.

BRIGHTEN UP

Whether you wear your love of colour or dec­o­rate your home with it, sur­round­ing your­self with shades that in­spire you is an in­stant way to im­prove your mood.

Leona Baker, owner of Lucky Dip Club ( www. luck­y­dip­club.com), cre­ates sub­scrip­tion boxes so you can get a monthly dose of colour through the post. Leona says sur­round­ing her­self with sunny shades while she works keeps her in­spired. “My home o!ce, a"ec­tion­ately dubbed The Rain­bow Room, is my creative sanc­tu­ary,” ex­plains Leona. “I feel in­spired the mo­ment I walk in. I’ve di­vided the walls into di"er­ent project spa­ces for patches, piñatas and jew­ellery to en­cour­age me to fill them with colour­ful fun.”

Leona also ad­vo­cates adding rain­bow hues to your wardrobe. “I’ve al­ways dressed colour­fully, and re­cently dyed my hair a peachy pink to add to the bright vibe. It’s a big part of my iden­tity which, as I get older, I don’t want to lose.”

New York-based life­style blog­ger Sam Ushiro ( www. awwsam.com) agrees. “For me, liv­ing colour­fully is liv­ing au­then­ti­cally. Not only does it al­low me to ex­press my mood through colour – like pink and yel­low on days I’m ex­cited or happy – but it also makes me stand out in a crowd.”

Colour can also help you make con­nec­tions with oth­ers. Toni Bee ( www.tonibee.com) be­gan host­ing colour walks around the UK last year as a way to get crafters to con­nect while soak­ing up the shades each city has to o"er. Since the first walk, the on­line com­mu­nity In Colour­ful Com­pany ( www. in­colour­ful­com­pany.com) has grown, con­nect­ing colourlov­ing ladies all around the world.

“I think one of the hardest parts of meet­ing new peo­ple is get­ting the conversati­on started,” Toni ob­serves. “So, bas­ing our walks around colour gives our com­mu­nity not only a conversati­on piece, but some­thing they can do to­gether. I love watch­ing as our group has fun mak­ing silly Boomerangs. Most of the time this is with some­one they’ve never met be­fore and sud­denly they’re mak­ing mem­o­ries to­gether.”

Ner­vous about putting your­self out there? Meet other colour-in­spired mak­ers on so­cial me­dia via photo chal­lenges, craft swaps and by us­ing hash­tags. “Seek­ing out colour­ful peo­ple on In­sta­gram is how I’ve met some of my clos­est friends!” says Sam. “Ev­ery­where I travel, I meet mak­ers who love colour as much as I do, or who want to in­cor­po­rate more into their work.”

CRAFT COLOUR­FULLY

Bring­ing new colour to your crafts could be as sim­ple as adding a bright trim or pick­ing a pal­ette based on your favourite il­lus­tra­tion. And, some­times the project it­self can lead the way when it comes to colour.

“I started dye­ing yarn so I could be more in­volved in my makes. Of­ten I knew what I wanted the end project to look like, but didn’t have the right shade,” ex­plains Daisy Forster of Devon Sun Yarns ( www.de­von­sun­yarns. co.uk). “The in­spi­ra­tion comes from what’s hap­pen­ing on the yarn as it’s dyed. It’s a fluid process that evolves through­out the mak­ing. If I’m stuck I look out­side – na­ture al­ways gets colour right!”

Leona sug­gests shar­ing your ideas to see which colour com­bos are the big­gest hits. “Post them on your so­cial me­dia – it’s in­ter­est­ing to see what other peo­ple think of the same de­sign in di"er­ent colour­ways.”

While we all have favourite shades, the fun comes from ex­plor­ing orig­i­nal com­bi­na­tions. Leona can spend hours trawl­ing through her Pan­tone swatch book, “try­ing my hardest not to choose my go-to colours!” There’s a whole world of hues out there, so break out your colour com­fort zone and get in­spired.

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