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.

April Challenge

April Challenge

Doors:

Doors lead us to interesting places…

The Challenge is to:

  • Create a door using polymer clay.
  • You may use any color palette.
  • Can be any size.

Note:

This is completely optional and you are under no obligation to enter. There are no prizes or winners for this challenge. However, entries will be displayed along with a link (to your shop, website, FaceBook page, etc.) on my Crafts by Chris blog and Facebook page.

To Enter:

Send an email to: chris@craftsbychrisonline.com with the following information by no later than April 30, 2015:

  • your name as you would like it displayed (can be your name and/or your business name)
  • URL you would like to link to (this can be an online shop, FaceBook page, etc.)
  • a photo of your entry
  • any other info you might like to share about your entry, such as inspiration, techniques used, etc.)

March Challenge

March Challenge

Spring!:

Ah…Spring!
A time for growth, renewal, robins, flowers, green grass…

The Challenge is to:

  • Create something that represents Spring.
  • You may use any color palette.
  • Can be polymer clay or mixed media.

Note:

This is completely optional and you are under no obligation to enter. There are no prizes or winners for this challenge. However, entries will be displayed along with a link (to your shop, website, FaceBook page, etc.) here on my Crafts by Chris blog and Facebook page.

To Enter:

Send an email to: chris@craftsbychrisonline.com with the following information by no later than March 31, 2015.:

  • your name as you would like it displayed (can be your name and/or your business name)
  • URL you would like to link to (this can be an online shop, FaceBook page, etc.)
  • a photo of your entry
  • any other info you might like to share about your entry, such as inspiration, techniques used, etc.)

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. 😉