Big Changes at Colormusing!

Colormusing: It's All About Hue!

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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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  • [Fill-in-the-blank with your own ideas!]

Looking forward to hearing from you! Colormusing may be changing in some ways, but it’s still ALL about hue!

 

 

At (Long) Last, My Portfolio!

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Filed under It’s About Time: I’m finally working on my very own portfolio website to showcase the full range of what I love to do!

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!

Green(ery) Christmas: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year!

It’s official: Pantone*, the standard-bearer for all things color-related, has announced its 2017 Color of the Year!

Meet Greenery!

Pantone's Color of the Year: Greenery!
This picture is a screenshot I took of the Greenery video at Pantone’s website; click on the image to see the full video. (P.S. This video is the perfect antidote to the polar vortex weather!)

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Shady Business: My Ombré Bracelet Beading Chart

Colormusing’s Palette of the Month for August is Seaspray, inspired by this beaded bracelet that blends iridescent silver, emerald green, and ultramarine blue into this amazing ombré bracelet:

Beaded ombré bracelet
Want to see how I changed 3 bead colors gradually to get this lovely ombré effect? Keep reading! (P.S. This is only my 3rd beadweaving project— I promise, it’s just the color changes that make it look complex.)

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Tutorial: A Palette Changes its Stripes

As much as I love my colorful stripe-y palettes (and I do), even I am occasionally in the mood for something a little fancier. Here’s one of my favorite ways to change those stripes:

Change stripes to dots with this Photoshop tutorial
Talk your palette into changing its stripes with this easy Photoshop tutorial! (Note: As for all my Photoshop tutorials, I’m using Adobe Photoshop CC 2014*.)

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Read My New Article: Color in Your Closet

Just published in Colette Patterns‘ sewing magazine Seamwork: My latest article on using color palettes in real life! It’s called Color in Your Closet: Discover (and Use) the Palette Within.

Features:

  • 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!
Using color palettes while you shop
Once you’ve created your palette based on the clothes already in your closet, carry it with you when you shop! (Click the photo to go straight to my article. Photo is my own, also used in the published article.)

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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!

Catch the Wave: Alter a Palette for Fun!

In my last post, I introduced you to the idea of easily expanding the color range of a basic color palette by using the Mosaic filter in Photoshop. Now, starting with that expanded palette, we’ll take it to another level to create The Confetti Wave Palette! And when we’re done, I’ll show you some of my favorite ways to use this super-fun new version.

Let’s start with a new palette, with a sneak preview:

From palette to party!
If your simple palette needs a little dressing up, transform it into this party-worthy version, complete with confetti!

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Expansion Plan: An Easy Way to Add Colors to your Palette

Here’s something I recently discovered by accident (isn’t that always the way?): Starting with one of my color palettes, which typically have a maximum of 5 colors, I can expand that palette into 8-1o colors— and it’s super-easy to do!

Let’s start with a palette that’s divided evenly into 5 colors:

Rose-inspired palette
This rose-inspired palette will soon expand far beyond the 5 hues shown here. Later, I’ll show you what happens when I use the same 5 colors in different proportions. (Click the palette to see it on ColourLovers.)

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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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