BLOG / December 12 2016

Colour Confident | Palette Nº2


The palette Nº2 is the colour story of a serene spring afternoon making tea.

Last year I did the embroidered piece shown below (showing the wrong side) while I was at the Royal School of Needlework. I took this same main image as a reference and embroidered it on canvas employing different stitches. One of the requirements for that piece is that it rendered the image in a very realist fashion, presenting faithfully the shapes and their colours, highlights and shadows (something that, I confess, I don’t particularly enjoy from an aesthetic point of view). And well, to that end you had to use lots of colours and materials; in fact, the finished piece included cotton floss, wool yarn and metallic threads. However, the palette Nº2—by means of these eight shades (two blues, one yellow, two pinks and three beige/brown)—is focused more on expressing the fresh glow of that spring afternoon rather than portraying realistically the scene. The emphasis is placed on the pink tones but you can always adapt the palette to your own taste by using the blue or beige/brown shades as the main colour.

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La paleta Nº2 es la historia de color de una tarde tranquila de primavera preparando té.

La pieza bordada que aparece abajo (mostrando el revés) la realicé el año pasado mientras estuve en el Royal School of Needlework. Tomé esta misma imagen principal como referencia y la bordé con diversos puntos sobre esterilla (cañamazo). El requerimiento para esa pieza es que fuera bastante realista en el sentido de representar fielmente las formas con sus colores, brillos y sombras (algo que, confieso, no me acomoda mucho desde un punto de vista estético). Y bueno, para lograr el efecto había que utilizar gran cantidad de colores y materiales; de hecho, la pieza terminada incluye hilos de algodón, lana e hilos metalizados. Sin embargo, la paleta Nº2 se encarga, más que de retratar realísticamente la escena, de expresar la frescura de esa tarde primaveral a través de ocho colores (dos azules, un amarillo, dos rosados y tres beige/marrón). El énfasis está puesto en los tonos rosa pero puedes adaptar la paleta a tu gusto dejando los tonos de azul o marrón como color dominante.

 

COLOUR CONFIDENT Palette Nº2

DMC 796 – Royal Blue Dark

DMC 797 – Royal Blue

DMC 973 – Canary Bright

DMC 3733 – Dusty Rose

DMC 963 – Dusty Rose Ultra very Light

DMC 842 – Beige Brown Very Light

DMC 840 – Beige Brown Medium

DMC 838 – Beige Brown Very Dark

 

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