Palindromic Palettes, Part Deux

Seriously, why didn’t I anticipate these palindromic dates? I mean, it’s December of 2021! 12… 21… and there’s even one more after this!

As I mentioned in my first Palindromic Palettes post from 12/1/21 (see the same-backwards-as-forwards palindrome?), here’s my basic process for creating a palindromic palette:

  1. Open a palette file. (The ones I used in the examples below are all formatted as squares, but they don’t have to be.)
  2. Make a copy of the palette (in the same document).
  3. Flip the copy horizontally.
  4. Align the 2 palettes to combine into your very own Palindromic Palette!

And here are some new examples, this time using Colormusing palettes with a Christmas theme. (Christmas nostalgia alert: Wet Christmas is my ode to holidays in the Pacific Northwest in the U.S., where I grew up.)

The simplest way to combine the original and the flipped copy is to butt them together in the center (dashed line). And note that, unlike the palette examples in the previous post, this one has been turned 90° to create horizontal stripes. This palette is Blue Christmas, available as a set of digital papers for download.
If you don’t want that larger block of color in the center, you can also overlap the 2 palettes (dashed lines indicate where each palette ends). This option works really well with this type of palette, where each color section is of equal size. This palette is Caribbean Christmas.
One more example, this time using a palette with non-proportional color sections. This would be a fabulous way to frame a block of text or a title graphic. This palette is Wet Christmas.

Last time, I promised to give you some examples of flipping palettes around so the stripes are running horizontally rather than vertically; you can see this in the Blue Christmas and Wet Christmas examples here. They feel completely different, right? I also formatted the examples in this post as square images, rather than the 1920 x 1080 format from the first palindrome post (fantastic for videos or presentations), which will hopefully inspire some creative new social media post design ideas — these palindromic palettes would make wonderful backgrounds for quotes, as in this (non-palindromic) example from my own Instagram post:

Although the palette used here is not in palindromic form, it’s still a good example of how you can integrate a striped background effectively into a simple social media design. This palette is Valentine Flowers and my original rose photo is included in the Valentine Flowers photo/palette/mosaic collection.

Well, I may have been behind the curve for 12/1/21 and 12/11/21, but at least I will be on top of the final palindromic date of the year, which will be 12/22/21 — look for another post about this, with completely new ways to combine and use your own palindromic palettes, and I’d love to see your suggestions for examples I could try!



P.S. I’m busy setting up my very own YouTube channel, and a video version of this post will be available very soon —  I’ll add a link here when it’s ready!

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