I saw this pitcher at an antique store in Grass Valley. Along with the green glass in the background, I thought it would make an interesting ColorPlay. There still aren’t very many colors, but the greens are varied, which makes them somewhat interesting.
I have no idea what time period this pitcher is from, but I imagine it is the pitcher from a wash basin set. I didn’t see the basin anywhere, but I also didn’t look very hard.
I settled down with the Palette Builder by Play-Crafts and got to work. The first palette, the default, was predictably neutral.
It is a mystery to me how so little of this palette can be green. I know our eyes are much more finely tuned than any kind of technology, but still. It is so strange how these default palettes gravitate towards the neutral.
I had to try and get some joy with those greens. I was really curious to know what the various greens were in Quiltlandia.
In the second palette, you can see that I moved the circles around to every green I possibly could.
My palette is pretty green and I am pretty happy with the choices. I think the Kona Spruce does a pretty good rendition of the green of the pitcher.
I decided to be ornery and see what kind of palette I could come up with that had no green. Predictably (or just my luck): neutrals.
This is actually a pretty sophisticated palette. It would make a great palette for a house you wanted to sell. I can see a realtor choosing this palette for a house s/he was about to list. I think the Kona Pearl Pink and the Kona Ivory keep it from being too neutral.
That was fun, but I decided to get back to the greens. I wasn’t very successful, because there are only so many spaces in the photo and a limited number of greens. I came up with a slightly – very slightly – different palette from the one above.
There is some overlap in the greens, but they are in different places in the picture. This is about the time I start thinking I am getting towards the end of the exercise.
That Kona Cinnamon is interesting. I am not sure I have seen it before. I couldn’t get a good white, but I was able to tease out Kona Cotton Cream, another nice pinky shade, and Kona Oyster, which tends towards the greys.
I would never make a quilt with these colors, but it is interesting.
Finally, more neutrals. What else is there to say?
This palette tends towards the grey. I think it also might reflect the truest palette, if comparing the photograph and the palette with a quick look.
Let me know if you make anything with any of these palettes.