Play Crafts’ Palette Builder

I recently tried the Palette Builder (tutorial here) at Play Crafts. She’s a super nice person, and I like corresponding with her and reading her blog.

I used a photo from Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens I took last July. I’m in love with this color palette:

Lewis Ginter orchids

From left to right, the Kona Cotton colors are: Black, Hunter Green, Smoke, Steel, Herb and Ballerina.

As the tutorial from Play Crafts explains, the Palette Builder does not pick out particular colors from the photo.

The palette builder actually chooses colors based on how often they appear in the image. That [hot pink] is just a small portion, small enough that it might not register because it appears too infrequently. Fortunately, now that you can easily drag the palette circles around, you can add that [hot pink] to the palette easily yourself. 

I wanted to see what would happen if I choose the “hot pink” from the photo:

Orchids with valentine

The pink is now “Valentine.” That captures the feeling for me better, but I’d throw in some Ballerina, too.


I tried some other photos. I’m amazed at the colors I could find in this photo of shoulder pads:

shoulder pads

The Kona Cotton colors are:  Charcoal, Stone, Mushroom, Sunflower, Honey and Nectarine.

Looking for a calm color palette, let’s go to Sea Island, Georgia:

Sea Island-palette

The colors are: Emerald, Charcoal, Blue Bell, Delft, Evergreen and Graphite.

Color can have such an impact on how we feel. And, I like how all of these colors make me feel.

Feel the color,


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