Yes, my color-loving friends, it’s true: I’ve decided to make a big change here at Colormusing, taking it from e-commerce back to its blog-style roots. Downsizing, if you will. And I’m doing this for 3 reasons:
My original intention for Colormusing was simply to be helpful and inspiring, but above all, I wanted it to be a place you can visit just to look at beautiful colors!
I love the idea of what I’m now thinking of as “open-source color”, i.e. I’m not trying to sell you anything, just hoping to beautify my little corner of cyber-space.
Frankly, I’m looking forward to having more fun focusing on my palettes and ideas, rather than on what might sell.
Aside: I am, in fact, still selling Colormusing products, but from today onwards, that’s only happening in my Etsy shop. What’s there at this moment is mostly physical products (hand-dyed yarn, my artwork on canvas, hand-knitted samples, etc., but I plan to start adding more digital download products (like my editable color palette files, photos, and backgrounds) very soon. End of aside.
What I would love now is input from you! What would you like to see here at the newly-imagined Colormusing? Comment below!
More about palettes? How to create them, how to use them, or maybe even why you might need them?
Graphic design help? Maybe you have an existing social media template, or logo, or flyer that needs a little upgrade; it would be great to start a series of what I call Graphic Makeover posts here! You could get some design input from me, while we work on color palette and other changes. Bonus: this will help other readers too!
Color history? I’ve been reading a book lately about the origin of colors that’s absolutely fascinating, so if you’d like to know more, let me know!
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Looking forward to hearing from you! Colormusing may be changing in some ways, but it’s still ALL about hue!
From writing articles and tutorials (and blog posts, natch) to photography to designing color palettes for everything from websites to my own yarns and lingerie sewing kits, it will all be represented here— and there are links for many items, so you can see them in their proper context. Perhaps most importantly, the connections between my diverse projects will also be apparent, like how a particular palette inspired a hand-dyed yarn and a mosaic-like background image(links will take you to the items below).
I just started this site yesterday, so it will take a while to get it filled out, but there’s already plenty to look at now, and I’m adding more momentarily. Hope to see you there!
How to coax a palette out of your existing wardrobe;
Identifying your primary colors;
Ideas for using your palette to create new outfits;
Tips for using accent colors in unexpected ways;
Using your palette when you shop!
Want to see sewing stuff from Colormusing? Check out myBratelier (lingerie sewing, including bras!), and Changing Your Clothes, which covers everything from repairs & alterations to dyeing and remaking thrift-shop finds. And don’t miss all my newest projects, including sew-alongs, at the brand-new SewColormusing blog!
Click on the dots above to visit my mother ship, Colormusing.com, where you can also sign up to receive Hue News, Colormusing’s own monthly e-mail newsletter!
When I approached the Craft Industry Alliance recently with an article idea about using color effectively in merchandising, they asked if I would instead be willing to write about color forecasting, a subject they said many of their members were asking to have addressed. So for the Alliance’s newly-minted Journal (for members in a wide variety of craft-based businesses), I wrote this article, which was published last week:
Even though the requested 1000 words is less than my typical blog posts, writing on this subject was no small task. I decided to focus on what I believe myself about color forecasting for our individual business futures: We need to trust our instincts.
Filed under Good News & Bad News: The good news is that Shutterstock, one of the largest stock photography companies, has accepted my work to sell on their site! Yes, I’m already selling some of my images on my own site (in the Digital Graphic Files collection), so why sell on Shutterstock too? Well, primarily because they do the work of formatting my images in a range of sizes, making it easy to find just what you need, and also because they reach a huge world-wide marketplace. Good news, indeed.
The first of my sewing-related blogs was Changing Your Clothes, covering anything having to do with making the most of clothes you already have: alterations, dyeing, repairs, wardrobe planning (via color palettes, natch), refashioning. Next in line: My Bratelier, which is focused only on sewing lingerie, including bras. So when I wanted to write posts for sew-along projects started in one of my workshops, I didn’t have an existing blog that was the right fit. What’s a blogger to do?
Silly question. Start a new blog, of course! Help me welcome SewColormusing into the Colormusing family!
I know— say that 3 times really fast! Because with our new collections, you’ll get 3 palettes all coordinated and ready to be used in a thousand different ways (at least), and with a 50% savings to boot: Each set is just $5.95 per set*, which saves you 50% versus buying 3 palettes separately!
And hey, saving money is always good (right?), but when you’re in the market for a variety of palettes, these little bundles of color joy also save you the effort of deciding which might play well together. And — bonus! — these collections often link to related products.
Take these Market Tomato palettes, for example, with the photo collection that inspired them: