Color Palette Generators

Continuing the series on color palettes, this week’s post is about color palette generators.

Previous posts in this series:
Tips For Working With Color Palettes
Color Palette Sources – Part One
Color Palette Sources – Part Two

Color Palette Generators

There are different types of color palette generators out there depending on what you’re looking for.

Random Color Palette Generator

color palette from coolors.co
This is perfect if you don’t know what you’re looking for or maybe just want to challenge yourself. The image above came from Coolors.co. Basically, you hit the space bar to continue generating random color palettes. You can also lock in one or more colors and continue getting random palettes based on those colors. It also let’s you download the palette.

You Pick the Starting Color

Adobe Color CC

This type of palette generator, like the one illustrated from Adobe Color CC, let’s you pick the starting color from a color wheel and the type of color scheme you want and creates a color palette. You do need to create an Abobe ID to be able to save the palettes however.

Color Palette from Image

DeGraeve.com Color Palette Generator

This type let’s you input the URL of an image or upload an image, depending on the site. The above came from DeGraeve.com Color Palette Generator. I didn’t find a save option on this particular site, but I like that it shows both a muted and vibrant palette based on the photo.

While I only showed one example of each of the different types, there are tons of online color palette generators or apps that you can download to your smartphone or tablet that are just a google search away.

Please feel free to share your favorite color palette generator links in the comments.

Color Palette Sources – Part Two

color palette sources part 2

Yes, I have more color palette sources for those of you looking for inspiration. You can find Color Palette Sources – Part One here.

Color Palette Sources – Part Two

  1. ColorWorld (lots of great color and fashion trend inspiration)
  2. colourQ (this blog posts a weekly color palette challenge for scrapbooking, but a color palette is a color palette)
  3. happygirldesign (a website/graphic design website with lots of beautiful color palettes)
  4. The Perfect Palette (this site is for color palettes for weddings and parties, and the thing I like about it is that you can select a color and see images using different color palettes for that color – note: these are images and don’t show the colors broken out into a palette for you, but next week we will talk about creating color palettes from images)
  5. Blue Rose Design PDX (another web/graphics design website that has a lovely selection of color palettes)
  6. The chickabug Blog (this party planning blog has a great selection of color palettes)
  7. Planet Sam (A textile designer’s blog that has some fabulous nature inspired color palettes)
  8. Stylyze (has a beautiful selection of color palettes)
  9. designworklife (this blog has lots of easy to browse color palettes)

Tons of new color inspiration for you to explore. Next week, we’ll talk about turning photos into color palettes.

Color Palette Sources – Part One

color palette sources part 1

Last week’s Tips For Working With Color Palettes post, mentioned that color palettes are the go-to source for many artists when looking for inspiration. So, I thought I would share with you some online sources for color palettes. And since it’s easy to get lost “down the rabbit hole”, I thought it might be wise to break the list down….

Color Palette Sources – Part One

  1. design-seeds.com (this one is probably already at the top of everyone’s list)
  2. In Color Balance (has a very large selection of color palettes)
  3. BANDAGEDEAR (this is an artists’ site that has quite a few color palettes, but you have to click though to each post to see them)
  4. Color-Capture (another great site with lots of color palettes)
  5. Color Palettes (has a beautiful selection of color palettes that’s easy to browse through)
  6. discover COLOR (this site is set up very nicely for browsing or or you can search by color)
  7. akula kreative (a graphics and web design blog that has a nice collection of color palettes)
  8. color COLLECTIVE (lots of lovely color palettes)

This should keep you busy for a while. I’ll be back next week with more sources in part two.

Tips For Working With Color Palettes

tips for working with color p alettes

Color Palettes as Inspiration

When looking for inspiration, color palettes are the go-to source for many. We collect color palettes like they were trading cards and devote Pinterest boards to them. We are drawn to palettes that reflect our personal color preferences, whether we are consciously aware of it or not. This post on getting older illustrates this perfectly. It was brought up in the comments that my glasses matched the colors used in the focal bead I was working on.

We love color palettes because they take the guesswork out of choosing colors.

Tips for working with color palettes

Here are some things to keep in mind when working with color palettes:

  • You do not have to use all of the colors in a given palette.
  • In many cases, it is best to choose one color to be dominant and use the other colors as accent colors.
  • You can always add neutral colors, such as white, black and/or gray to any color palette.
  • Certain types of color palettes/color schemes work better for different techniques. For example, when caning you generally need a greater amount of contrast between the colors in your design, otherwise the colors will blur together when the cane is reduced. Therefore, you want a color palette that uses contrasting colors (opposites on the color wheel) or a contrast in value (the lightness or darkness of a color).

As a side note:

Peacocks seem to be an up and coming trend…have been seeing them everywhere recently.

Evolution of a Design

evolution of a design

The Evolution of a Design

Or a look into the crazy inter-workings of a creative mind. I thought I would combine #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) with some thoughts on the evolution of a design. Often a design pops into your head fully formed and you take it from there. Other times, an idea evolves and changes over time as it did with the polymer clay beads in the above photo.

Inspiration

Let’s journey back to February 2011. You can read the original inspiration post, but short version is that it began with carved wood designs, which somehow made me think of carved jade, which led to the green beads in the upper left-hand corner of the photo. As you can see, I wasn’t totally happy with it, so I antiqued the one on the left.

Set Aside

The beads were then set aside and basically forgotten about until….

…almost a year and a half later, June 2012. I went on a shopping spree and purchased Christi Friesen’s line of Swellegant metal paints and colorants. Of course, I wanted to play with them immediately and didn’t want to take the time to make something. So, I started digging through my cured beads and and came across the green beads. The bead in the upper right-hand corner of the photo, shows the bead with silver metal paint.

The Final Design

While I liked the silver look, it still wasn’t quite right. So, I added a darkening patina, which was better as it added more definition to the flowers. Then, I decided to highlight the flowers with some color (bottom photo). I’m not sure whether that decision was because I thought it needed some color, or because it was my first experiment with Swellegant and I hadn’t tried the dyes yet. 😉

Epic Fail

Epic Fail

Epic Fail Weekend

Saturday

So…last weekend I decided to work on my February Challenge vessel. The plan was to get started right after I threw in a load of laundry, which is when everything went to hell…

I go down to the basement to start a load of laundry and notice the floor is wet in the next room. I peek around the doorway and there is water spraying out of a tiny pinhole….AND…..it’s hot water. Now, our house was built in 1900 and the basement is only a partial basement, the rest is crawl space. It’s kinda icky down there, so unless I have a reason to go down, such as laundry, I don’t. Needless to say I hadn’t been in the basement for several days and have no idea how long the water has been spraying out. I can hardly wait to see my next water and gas bill. *sigh*

After we had a water pipe break in the upstairs bathroom several years ago and the resulting waterfall around the living room ceiling fan, I now know where the main water shut off valve is. I’d seriously like to know why these things always happen when my husband is at work. Anyway, I shut off the water and notice that it’s still spraying out of the pipe. Well duh, it’s coming from the hot water heater, which is still full.

I call my husband and tell him to come home. Then, I remembered that my granddaughter called me that morning (ok, she’s three and her mom did the calling) wanting grandma to cut her bangs. So, I call my daughter and tell her now is not a good time. I do a google search to see if we can temporarily fix it to get by until Monday. We tried a couple of things, which were also epic failures. Time to call a plumber. We live in a relatively small town and trying to get a hold of a plumber on the weekend is almost impossible. Finally, we heard back from a plumber and he came and replaced that section of pipe.

Sunday

So…I decide to get started on my vessel, at least the base, before my daughter and grandkids show up. I have the whole thing worked out in my head and it’s going to be fabulous. The round container I wanted to cover was plastic and I know I should have tested it to see if it would hold up to curing temperature, but the plastic was pretty hard and I thought it should hold up. So I get it covered with polymer clay, smooth the seams and add texture, which all took some time to do. It goes into the oven just as my daughter and grandkids show up.

Well, you can see from the photo at the top what happened….

….even though I’ve been playing with polymer clay for well over 20 years, I still make stupid mistakes that result in an Epic Fail.

want to know the secret to busting through creative blocks?

The secret to busting through creative blocks

The trick to getting un-stuck is…

…you have to make yourself sit down and play with the materials, mix colors, revisit past work, etc. Anything to get yourself started. It’s that simple and that hard.

Help for getting started:

Mix Colors

Mix some pretty Spring colors with my polymer clay color recipe ebooks, available for Premo, FIMO Professional and Kato brands of polymer clay. You can find them in my Etsy shop.
Kato Spring 2015 Color Recipe Ebook

Make It A Game

Deal yourself a dose of inspiration with my Deal-A-Muse cards. Pick a card or two without looking and challenge yourself to create something using the card or cards chosen. A brand new set of 60 Deal-A-Muse cards (set #2) was just added to my Etsy shop.
Deal-A-Muse set #2

A Year of Inspiration

The Color.Creativity.Design membership site has been revamped with more levels to better suit your needs. Right now you can save $10 on any level….you can get a year of inspiration for as little as $19. Introductory sale ends February 18, 20115.
12 months of inspiration

Wishing you a colorful and creative year!