Colour Fields Colr Pickr by KrazyDad

[Learnt about this via It’s all Good]

Colr PickrHere’s a neat experimental art-related tool called “Flickr colour fields Colr Pickr” from KrazyDad. Just click on a colour segment to see related flickr images. Play around with the slide bar on the right to adjust the colour tones.

KrazyDad adds that:

To those that question the utility of this little application, let me point out that it is a toy — like all the stuff on my website. Its purpose is simply to provide wonder and delight. Nothing more, nothing less. Isn’t that enough?

Toy or not, it’s a useful tool for someone like me searching for web images to use as references and inspiration for art projects. For instance, if I want to draw something that conveys something warm, I could look up the oranges and reds in Colr Pickr to see related images from Flickr. Or if I’m looking for references on clouds, they’d probably in Blue. Can’t visualise a fern leaf? Try a green colour… you get the general idea.

Try it out. If nothing else, it’s a very cool way to look at some very nice flickr images uploaded by others. I guess with the success of, everyone can’t spell for nuts (i.e. missing letter “E” in “flickr”)… heh, I’m only kidding : )

Buep – by Cecilia Gabbie
This is buep (, an illustration blog by Cecilia Gabbie. I wonder what “buep” means. You might want to use a language translation tool like this one, ‘cos the site is in Spanish (at least it works when I translate it as Spanish to English). Apparently, the tagline “Diseños y sueños” means “Designs and Dreams”. Very apt indeed.

I like the soft pastel/ wash effect of pictures like ‘Otro descanso’ (‘Another Rest’), ‘Descanso’ (‘Rest’), and ‘Felicidades!’ (‘Congratulations!’) My favourite is this one titled ‘Empezamos!’ (‘We Began!’) which looks like an illustration out of a children’s book.

Headline Poetry

This is really interesting, from The Reflective Teacher — something called “Headline Poetry” (more over at Borderland). I think it’s a great way to change the perspective of those who perceive “poetry” to be an arty-farty thing.

Here’s how Headline Poetry, or “Found Poetry”, works (as I understand it):

  • You take a bunch of newspapers, magazines, anything with text on it
  • Select/ distribute them at random (maybe 4 or 5 sheets)
  • Go over the selection and cut out words and phrases from the sheets
  • Compose something out of the random selection of words and phrases, including pictures
  • You’re not allowed to write anything on your own — only those cut-outs of words and phrases

I might try this at the next opportunity to conduct a workshop for librarians. Would be an interesting exercise in creativity and maybe a fun primer to Poetry.

Tag: creative learning