I want you to steal this color way. Yep. Use it for what ever you need, dyeing yarn, dyeing roving, color work for your knitting, yarn for a new weaving. Whatever you need. But here is the catch, I want you to make it your own somehow.


The one question I get asked the most is where do I find my color inspirations. In fact just a couple of weeks ago my friend Elizabeth asked that very question in the Fiber Arts Collective. Inspiration is so hard to really nail down if you are using your creative right brain. Inspirations show up subconsciously when you are just not thinking about it, and reappear when you approach your work with creative play.


So, inspired by Aston Kleon’s Book Steal Like an Artist, I am asking you to take this colorway, work with it, and figure out what you would change about it to make it look better TO YOU. What could you tweak to the shades, values, saturations, or even adding or subtracting would make your heart sing when you look at you new color way.

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When I created this colorway I took the 3 primary colors with black and a touch of white. I tend to not go for true primary colors because I feel like they are so very overused and boring. I love the deep rich RED. I shifted the blue towards teal, and deepened the yellow to a deep golden color. I then squinted my eyes to check if I had a good representation in values.


Squinting your eyes shifts the color out of your vision making everything appear as shades of gray. Having a range of values from dark to light gives your work depth, and your eyes time to drink in different parts of your work. When the colors are all the same value, they fight for your attention.

I think it is also important to know, I usually name my color ways AFTER I dye them. I like to keep the subconscious inspirations flowing without the constrictions of trying to match anything. This one was called Playing With Matches.

So how would you work with this color way? What would you change? Leave me a comment below, on the FB page, or join us in the UrbanGypZ Fiber Art Collective and start a discussion. I am blown away by all the wonderful discussions sharing and interaction we have had over the last few weeks.

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