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