I found these images by using Multicolor Search Lab. Have you ever used it? If you like playing with colours, you’re in for a proper treat.
1. Bright yellow flowers in punk bursts, by Crystal A Murray.
2. ‘Mythologie.ch’ by _underscore
3. Created using GlitchMonkey, by Juan Antonio Zamarripa
4. Rust-O-Vision by Tim.
5. Torn, but alive. By Aftab Uzzaman.
Posted by thefty on 07/06/2012
Hot v. Cold / Fire v. Water
I swear, colour is my favourite thing.
1. By Ned Raggett
2. By Roland Tanglao
3. By Karla Lopez
4. By Leo Reynolds
5. By Andrey Okonetchnikov
Posted by thefty on 31/05/2012
London skies have been very grey lately, and I’m craving a bit of blue. Here are five blue-skied photos from my archives:
1. Spanish seas mirroring Spanish skies.
2. Bermondsey evening lights.
3. London on a crisp spring day.
4. My (admittedly filthy) skylight.
5. Bristol blues.
You can see more of my photos on my Flickr.
Posted by thefty on 15/05/2012
Here’s another glorious explosion of colour for you to indulge in! Alternatively, you can consider this blog post as an unintentional visual tribute to Elliott Smith.
1. Bright bands of rainbow neon. Photo by an untrained eye.
2. Paper Cranes. By Chris Gladis.
3. Pixelated stripes in a gallery. Photo by Kaptain Kobold.
4. I really want these in my house! Photo by Daniel Perlaky.
5. Rainbow Kiss, by Eliza Rmz.
Posted by thefty on 11/05/2012
Whenever I’m feeling uninspired, I head to my local plant nursery. There’s so much to see there, and it changes all the time. I always come home with a camera full of pictures and a head full of ideas.
1. Huge grey/green leaves and striking fluoro blooms.
2. Leafy rosettes with hints of blues and reds.
3. Spiky, flame-like flowers and delicately painted leaves.
1. Stripes and spots and punchy hues.
3. Bubbly, dappled, heart-shaped leaves.
(All photos taken by me. See more on my Flickr page.)
Posted by thefty on 14/03/2012
Hello! I’ve been painting stripes all week (look here), and it got me thinking about how much I love this particular pattern. There’s something so clean and simple – yet so striking – about stripes that makes me want to put them on everything. Here are 5 examples of stripes in my artwork. (I could easily do another TOP 5 of stripes in my wardrobe (in fact, I could do another ten TOP 5s on that topic. ahem.))
1. This one lives in my living room.
2. This one was inspired by a song.
3. This one is unfinished, and will soon be covered in doodles.
4. This one is painted onto the back of a bookshelf.
5. This one features a good friend and some good stripes.
What’s your favourite pattern?
Posted by thefty on 09/03/2012
On rainy days, sounds are muffled and colours are intensified. There are few things more comforting than a rainy day spent indoors.
1. Fire and water in one photograph. By Bez Uma
2. Raining Indoors in San Franscisco. By On A Meadow, Lea
3. Perspex and raindrops. By Nixter
4. Distortion, by Judit Klein
5. Sydney Rainy Days, by Lens Fodder
It’s raining in London today. I’m at my desk, watching the trees bend and sway. It’s lovely in here.
Posted by thefty on 07/03/2012
Take a second to study their eyes, the variation in their beaks, and the texture of their plumage. In another life, I want to be one of these.
1. The wizened face of a pink pelican. By Tambako the jaguar
4. A peach-faced lovebird. By Tefocoto
1. A red crested Turaco: soft plumage and eyeliner. By if-by-whiskey
2. A powder blue tufted titmouse. What a delicate beauty. By nosho
5. A Knysna loerie. Those eyes! That crest! By Ian Wilson
I spent far too long curating this post. I just couldn’t stop trawling through photos of birds! Can you blame me? (Of course you can’t.)
Posted by thefty on 06/03/2012
‘CMYK refers to the four inks used in some color printing: cyan, magenta,yellow, and key (black).’
These colours can be printed as pure solid blocks, or spread more thinly to make a whole rainbow of colours. However, the four colours have developed a sort of cult image in the design world. Have a look:
1. A CMYK colour wheel made of records. By Jan T. Sott
2. CMYK typesetting in this poster by ohdearmolly (you can buy it here)
3. Halloween costume of dreams (for design nerds). Photo by AJ Candy, who clearly gets invited to all the best parties.
4. CMYK crochet doilies? Why the hell not? Buy them here.
5. I took this photo in East London, and it inspired this post.
Posted by thefty on 02/03/2012
I remember my grandmother’s sewing tin (it was a floral cake tin). I used to empty it out as a child, making patterns on the carpet out of the buttons and ribbons and spools of yarn. Not much has changed, I guess.
1. String! String! String! String! (and colour, of course)
2. Animal Pins! By Katie Nicosia
3. I took this photo at the Barcelona flea market. (I love piles of shiny, colourful things. I want to stick my face into them.)
4. Fabric spools with fuzzy ends. Peaches, purples, pinks and blues. Photo by Elton Lin
5. Long threads of yarn in primary colours. Photo by me
If you follow this blog, you probably already know that I look for colour and pattern everywhere. I just can’t help myself.
Posted by thefty on 24/02/2012
I love sorting things by colour. This particular shade of orange is underrated, as far as I’m concerned.
1. Pure, saturated colour. Good quality coloured pencils aren’t cheap, so I tend to buy a few at a time, picking them out like flowers at the florist.
2. Rich, clear amber hues at the flea market in Barcelona.
3. This dress is by Julie Eilenberger, and it is incredibly beautiful.
4. International Orange, by Harold Lloyd (Click the link and read the blurb – ‘International Orange’ is a real colour with special uses.)
5. I make butternut squash soup on a regular basis, partly for the flavour and partly for the colour. (From my Flickr)
Posted by thefty on 20/02/2012
These photos were taken in one afternoon, sometime in December. My friend Kate and I headed to Southbank armed with helium balloons, my camera and a lot of energy. It was freezing, but we kept warm by jumping non-stop for hours.
1. My red jumper perfectly matched the balloons.
2. Is it Kate or is it a Banksy?
3. Up, up and away.
4. Kate’s a choreographer (amongst other things) so she knew how to leap.
5. I love the oblivious passers by in this shot.
The photos were taken for one of Kate’s projects, so I’ll let you know if they end up on a poster!
Posted by thefty on 08/02/2012
I’m the sort of person who bombards a space with colour within a week of moving in – I can’t cope with plain surfaces and dull rooms. Here are some of my favourites:
1. Amelie’s bedroom, complete with impossibly high ceilings and womb-like colours. (Also, note the doggy in the frame – he’s wearing a cone!)
2. Headboard by Johnny Vintage (via Oh Joy). This is of the ‘go big or go home’ decor school, and I most definitely approve. (I’d be so tempted to paint the wall sea-foam green.)
3. Something I drew when I was ill and bed-bound for days. I used to have a bedroom with bright yellow walls, and I loved it. (From here)
4. OK, so this is not the most colourful room in existence, but imagine waking up here everyday! That light is amazing! Found here.
5. And finally: the bedroom of my dreams*, from Marie Claire Maison.
*assuming the other end of the room has a massive walk-in wardrobe, of course.
Posted by thefty on 06/02/2012
Photo #1 (below) was taken in the kitchen of my old flat. I keep going back to that shot, marvelling at the magical combo of light and colour. Here are five photos based on those punchy tropical hues.
1. Breakfast time at ‘the castle’ (aka ex-council block). I took this one.
2. This is another of my own photos, taken at the Fashion & Textile Museum. I want to turn this photo into a dress. Somehow.
3. House of Doll Spray painted Metallic shoes. Check out that sunset spectrum! These would preferably be worn all at once, by an eight-legged beast.
4. Sparkles and stripes. (From here. Original source unknown.)
5. This is a photo I took of my mango + banana muffins. They were just as blinding on the taste buds.
What are your favourite colour combinations?
Posted by thefty on 25/01/2012
Hello! I’ve been off the radar for a while but I’m officially back! Last week I was on holiday in Barcelona, which turned out to be a very photogenic city. Here is a very colourful set of images for your enjoyment:
1. When shop shutters come down during siesta, the streets become a gallery.
2. The spectacular windows of Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia,
3. Sweets galore, all over the city.
4. Fresh produce at La Boqueria market.
5. A rainbow of round brushes in a hairdresser’s window.
O, Barcelona, I love you so.
Posted by thefty on 08/08/2011