My new (to me) favorite color inspiration website is Design Seeds which is filled with fabulous color palette inspiration. I love colors and tend to want to use them all, so it was new and challenging to try to start with, and keep to, a defined color palette. After looking at bunches of them, the one I kept being drawn to was this one:
|Succulent Hues, Design Seeds|
Because of the fabrics I found, my palette actually ended up being a more saturated version of this (who's surprised there), but having it as a guide at least was really helpful. I'm using a bunch of different fabrics: dupioni silk, silk-look polyester, hand-dyed (not by me) silk velvet, polyester velvet, some funny looking synthetic polka-dot stuff, some faux suede surface stuff (same thing I used on Seymour's bones), something labeled "crinkle satin", and hand-painted (by me) evolon (which nicely doesn't ravel).
For many of my animals, I exported the vectors from illustrator and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut them out, as in the picture of the prairie dogs below.
For those cut out of silk or silk-look polyester I'm sealing the edges with the woodburning tool. I discovered after much trial and error, I can't get the silhouette to cut velvet, so the animals cut out of velvet are all cut by hand. The big animals are also all cut by hand since they're too big for my cutting mat.
I'm finally to the point of putting some of the animals onto the background piece here are the first three circles pinned up. It gets more complicated after this since the animals start overlapping, so wish me luck as I try to fit the puzzle together!
In the last one you can see how big the whole thing is- I have a ton left!