I’ve been a busy little bee this past month. The theme for this year is color, creativity and design. At the beginning of the year, I changed the title of the newsletter to color, creativity and design to reflect this. Now on to phase two, which is…
Color.Creativity.Design is yearly membership site dedicated to giving you tools and information to help keep your creativity flowing or help you get unstuck during those times when your Muse is on vacation.
A yearly membership includes:
Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 color recipe ebooks for Premo, FIMO Classic and Kato. 4 inspirational photo/color palettes with recipes for Premo, FIMO Classic and Kato, 6 sets of 10 Deal-A-Muse cards, 2 all new tutorials, a 3 week color mixing e-course, plus surprise bonuses. On the 1st of each month one or more new product(s) will become available for download to all members. These products will be published to this membership site before they are available to the general public and some will be exclusive “members only” items.
Click here or the image above for all the juicy details. Don’t miss out! Membership is open for enrollment now through May 1st. After that you will have to wait 3 months for the next enrollment period.
What if this isn’t for me, can I still buy the color recipe ebooks separately? Yes, the color recipe ebooks will still be sold individually, but won’t be available until a week after they have been published to the membership site.
Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Fall 2013 is out and you can get your copy here.
Fall 2013: A Palette of Many Moods
The palette for Men is billed as, Versatile and Unisex. The color palette is the exact same as for women with the exception being, Vivacious is replaced with Beaujolias, which I personally like better and feel is a better fit with the other colors.
LOVIN’ the Acai! I really like this Fall color palette much more than the colors for the past couple of years. What do you think? Love it? Hate it?
The combination of the crackle look with the flowers (in the photo below) is very eye catching. Veronique definitely wins the prize for participation in the color palette a week challenge. Ok, there’s not really a prize, but if there were, she would win it. She was far and away the best at keeping up. Be sure to check out Veronique’s other work.
This brings to a close the color palette a week. I hope you have enjoyed the color palettes. You can always go back and hit some of the color palettes you missed or revisit some of your favorites. You can find all 52 color palettes here.
I’ve been thinking about a monthly inspiration project for 2012, so stay tuned…..
Warm and toasty colors for this week’s color palette a week (CPAW). Rich coffee liqueur, warm nougat and toasty emberglow make up this week’s palette.
I’m still working on the Spring 2012 color recipe ebook. It is taking longer than I anticipated, but hope that it will be worth the wait as it is bigger and better.
The teenage son got in a wreck last night on his way home from work. He wasn’t hurt, just a little shook up. (It shook mom up as well.) It was his fault and he admitted it, which got him a $195 ticket along with having to fix his car since he only has liability insurance. I’m just grateful he wasn’t hurt.
I’m not a big fan of reality tv shows, but have to admit that Project Accessory has become my guilty pleasure. You can watch the episodes online here. (Yes, I’m being an enabler.) Each week designers, with varied backgrounds (hats, handbags, jewelry, shoes, etc.) have a different design challenge. The challenges involve creating multiple accessories in a limited amount of time around a theme. The designers are definitely pushed outside their comfort zones…jewelry designers creating a pair of shoes or a handbag.
How often do you step outside your comfort zone? If you have a clearly defined style and your work is easily recognized as yours that’s a good thing. However, if you don’t shake things up once in a while your designs may become stale. One of the things I’ve noticed while watching Project Accessory is that when the designers are pushed far out of their comfort zones, they lose their own sense of style.
So, how do you step outside of your design box while still retaining your own style? Baby steps. Change up your color palette. I’m not suggesting you work in neon colors if you generally work with a more muted color palette. Each season’s color forecast contains varied colors from brights to more muted shades. Try incorporating just a few seasonal colors into your designs. What else? Try a new technique or even working with a different medium. While the new technique or medium may not find it’s way into your designs, perhaps a shape or pattern will spark an exciting new idea.
What have you done this past year to step outside your comfort zone?