Hip to be Square: Creating & Using Mosaic Backgrounds

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.

Original rose photo on Shutterstock
One of my rose photos that’s now available at Shutterstock. (Click the photo to go directly to it.)

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It’s a Blog! SewColormusing Joins the Family!

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!

SewColormusing blog
It’s a bouncing baby blog! SewColormusing will include sew-along series, special technique tutorials, and general sewing fun!

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(Click on the dots to visit my mother ship-shop, Colormusing.com.)

We Heart Palettes: A Love-Type Tutorial

Valentines. Hearts, flowers, pink, red, shiny, chocolate-y, sparkly, sweet— today, they’re all around us, in fact, we can’t get away from them. But here’s the thing: I really wanted to show you a quick Valentine-esque project, one that would show you an easy way to apply a color palette to the most basic typographic design— but I didn’t want to throw even more saccharine-sweetness at you. So I designed this graphic, bold thing to be merely the vehicle for adding a bunch of useful skills to your own design toolkit:

LOVE card design
I’ll show you how to create this simple design using Adobe Illustrator, from applying a color palette to creating transparency— all of which can be applied to virtually any typographic design!

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Colors of the Year: Making Pink & Blue Work for You

As I mentioned in my recent post following Pantone’s announcement of their co-Colors of the Year (COTY), Pink Quartz and Serenity, my initial reaction was, well, raised eyebrows (she understated.) And now, several days later, do I feel any differently? Hmm. No, not really. I’m skeptical. As much as I want to embrace every hue in the color world equally, I feel like I’ll have to work really hard to think of ways to use what looks to me like colors that belong in a nursery. But I’m trying to keep an open mind— let’s see how we can make these colors work!

Pantone's 2016 COTY
Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year, shown here with the CMYK values and hex code that come with every Colormusing palette. (Click the colors to see what Pantone has to say about them.)

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Pantone Announces 2016 Color(s) of the Year!

Just in from the color gurus at Pantone: For 2016, there’s not one, but two Colors of the Year! I present to you… Rose Quartz and Serenity!

Pantone's 2016 COTY
Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year! Here, I’ve included the same CMYK and hex code information that comes with every Colormusing palette. (Click the colors to see what Pantone has to say about their COTY choices.)

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New: Save 50% with Colormusing’s Curated Color Palette Collections!

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:

Market Tomatoes I color palette Market Tomatoes 2 color palette Market Tomatoes 3 color palette

Market Tomatoes I Market Tomatoes 2 Market Tomatoes 3

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A Musing Tutorial: Create a Photo/Palette Montage for a Facebook Cover Image

Since we’ve been working hard in November to add more downloadable photos and their related color palettes to Colormusing’s new online shop, I thought I’d take a break and show you something simple-but-stunning to do with them: A 2-layer montage to use as a Facebook cover image!

Here’s what I’m starting with for mine: The Peaches I photo and its coordinating palette, Just Peachy.

Photo + palette = montage
Photo + palette = montage (it’s the New Math). I’ve blended the palette and the photo (at left) together into the montage on the right.

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Just Added: Colormusing’s First Downloadable Photo Collections!

Peaches I photo

I’m super-excited to announce that Colormusing is expanding its Digital Graphic Files Collection to include our own style of “stock” photography— a little different from the hyper-slick, rather generic stock photography that’s widely available. Although they’re high-quality images with (of course) beautiful colors and details, these are a bit more real-looking than typical stock offerings, which makes us believe that they’ll actually be more versatile!

For example, take a look at these single-image-download photos (click on a photo to go directly to its Colormusing listing):

Peppers I photo Peaches I photo Fresh Herbs photo

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A Musing Tutorial: Using Color Palettes to Customize your Blog

Okay. I bet some (or a lot) of you are looking at my color palettes and wondering, “What am I supposed to do with these, anyway?” I understand. There’s something of a disconnect between looking at something pretty, and knowing how to apply it in a practical way.

So this tutorial will be the first of several (or a lot) that will not just make suggestions, but actually show you how to put palettes to work for you. I’m going to start off with November’s Palette of the Month (POM): Paris Reflection.

Paris Reflection color palette
Colormusing’s Paris Reflection color palette, our November Palette of the Month. Yep. Sexy. (Click the palette to see it at Colormusing.com.)

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