Finding Color Inspiration from Your Everyday Life: Harness Your Creativity by Priscilla George

Harness Your Creativity is now a regular lesson online. You can experience the full lessons in the True Colors Art Program.

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Have you ever wanted to make color palettes of your own but don't know where to start? The daunting task of searching online for a perfect stock photo and then picking out the colors just seems overwhelming or not inspiring enough. Get your color inspiration from your own everyday life! Yes, it is easy and simple to do. You won't even have to lug around art supplies with you, how great is that?


Even if you think your life is too boring to draw color inspiration from I guarantee you that there are beautiful color palettes all around. First let's figure out where you will capture your color inspiration from. This is easiest to do with your phone camera. You already have your cell phone on you 24/7 so grab that portable camera and snap away at these things.

  • Parts of Your Home

  • Your Meal or Food Items

  • Out Running Errands (Hello Target!)

  • The Great Outdoors

  • Television and Movies

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Capture that Color on the Go

Traditional Painting

If you want to paint what you see right away, the best thing to do is bring a sketchbook and portable supplies. Our phone cameras are great but the colors are never exactly like what we see in the moment. If you have a few minutes you can mix up some paint and plop it down in your sketchbook to refer to later.

List of supplies for on the go color capturing.

    • watercolors or gouache in a mini palette

    • small tubes of acrylic and small plastic tray

    • mini multimedia sketchbook

    • water brushes

    • paper towels

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Use Your Phone to Capture the Moment

Let the phone apps do all the work for you. Punch up that color in your photos with an image editing app. Editing your pictures first will make those colors really shine and be more vibrant like what you saw with your eyes. Then use one of the apps listed below to import your edited photo and pick out colors. Some apps you can pick out the colors manually or let the app automatically chose the colors for you. Save your palette and use for your next creation.

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