Working With Colour – Studio Thoughts – 26th July 2021

working with colour and dressing in the colour you work with! Kim Dellow is blue!


This was me back in April I think it was. I mean does this happen to you when you are working with colour? I was putting together my taster class for Kaleidoscope 2021, which is all about working with colour, and I suddenly realised that I was wearing the same colours as I was working with. Blue! My class focuses on monochromes so that made it even weirder that not only was I wearing the same colour, I was also JUST wearing that colour! 🤣

I must have been really getting into the whole monochromatic blue thing at the time! There are 16 mixed media artists really digging into colour and sharing their tricks in the Kaleidoscope 2021 workshop so don’t forget to sign up if you want to dig into your colour and how to use it too. The workshop starts the 1st August 2021, so not long now! And your money off coupon expires when the workshop starts, so don’t put off buying if you are still thinking about it! The code is COLOR2021 for your 20% off. (I am a teacher and an affiliate because I love these courses and think you will love them too!)

Also don’t forget you get access to all the taster workshops too so you can get obsessed and wear the same colours that you are working with! I expect to see the photos! 🤩


Little blue bunny feet working in colour with Kim Dellow

Little blue bunny feet!

Blue is not the only colour I have been obsessing about recently. Have you seen my muted colours recently? I’ve posted some of the projects using a muted colour palette on Instagram. It is a bit of a departure from my usual brights and jewel colours but I do love all sorts of colours.

But this leads me to wonder, and it is something I have been chewing over a lot this year:

When you like all the colours, how do you choose what to work with? And I am specifically thinking about colours that are ‘You’ that are part of what makes up your distinctive voice. Should you have one or two colour palettes and stick to them to make your voice distinct? Do you even have to have a colour palette as part of your voice?


Working with muted colour a flower by Kim Dellow


I put these questions out there not really to get answers, as I think there are many answers to them depending on you, your art, the message you want to put out into the world with your work.  I am really asking you the questions to get you thinking about your use of colour and what you want from colour and if it should be part of your art voice.

Colour is something I have been thinking about a lot, I’ve even had a month focusing on using and finding colours with my art club patrons back in April funnily enough. And then, of course, me being part of the Kaleidoscope 2021 teaching team has had me focusing on colour too.

So working with colour has definitely been a reoccurring theme for me this year so far! But I have to admit I don’t know what my answers to the questions above are yet. I am not sure I could stick to just one or two palettes. I am still thinking the whole working with colour for my voice thing through, anything I can do to procrastinate away from committing myself!


Working with colour with Kim Dellow


Let me know if you have a set of colours that are part of your voice or if colour is not one of your distinctive voice features. I would love to know your thoughts and I hope it’s got you thinking about how you work with colour or how you want to work with colour as you level up your art skills.

Have fun with your colours!

Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

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