Category Archives: Papercraft

Colour Schemes and Arranging Colour

Colour SchemesI don’t know about anyone else, but sometimes I find it really hard to match colours. Or, once I’ve chosen colours, I find it hard to then arrange them in a nice way. I find it particularly hard to arrange things so they look random. For example, I was trying to lay out my granny squares for my big crochet blanket but was having trouble. I solve this by using a random number generator, giving each pile of the same colours a number, and then putting them in that order. A couple looked out of place, so I swapped them round, but overall it made the job much easier.

Here is a roundup of tools that I’ve found that make creating colour schemes or arranging colours a much simpler task. I use them for all sorts of crafting this as well as web design, so they’re useful for many different purposes. Hopefully you’ll find them useful too.

Colour Schemes

  • Color Scheme Designer – Allows you a lot of control over colour schemes, and as well as main colours gives you matching shades
  • Design Seeds – Uses inspirational pictures, and takes the main colours from them

Arranging Colour

  • Granny Square Color Pattern Generator – Put in the width, height and number of colours in each square. Pick the colours, and it will generate a complete layout for you
  • Random Stripe Generator – Select your colours, widths allowed and number of stripes and it will generate a completely random layout for you
  • Stripe Generator – A more advanced stripe generator which gives you more choice than the previous option

If you have any other useful tools please comment and I’ll add them to the list.

Notice Board Tutorial

Notice Board

Notice boards are useful, especially when renting somewhere you can’t put anything on the walls. Here’s a notice board tutorial that requires nothing fancy and is easy and simple to make.

You need:

  • A piece of fabric or paper slightly bigger than the cardboard
  • Ribbon
  • Glue (PVA is good)
  • Small pegs (optional)
  1. Place the cardboard onto the back of the fabric/paper, front side down.
  2. Fold and glue the edges of the fabric/paperNotice Board Tutorial 1
  3. Cut lengths of ribbon and one by one, glue them to the board. You’ll only want to glue the back, leave the front loose.Notice Board Tutorial 2
  4. Let everything dry.Notice Board Tutorial 3
  5. You have a notice board! Either put things behind the ribbons or clip with pegs.Notice Board

Come back on Wednesday for WIP Wednesday, when I’ll have hopefully found my camera and the photo quality will increase significantly!

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