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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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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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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The Colors of Money

The more I work with creating color palettes, the more I’m aware of inspiration lurking, at times, in some frankly odd places. But this is the first time I’ve had one delivered to me with my e-mail, not from Martha Stewart or HGTV — from Publisher’s Clearing House! Take a look:

Publisher's Clearing House e-mail color palette
Publisher’s Clearing House e-mail color palette; this is a good reminder that palettes are in use all around us! (Click on the picture to go to PCH’s website.)

Being involved in graphic design, I’m certainly aware that a major application of color palettes is in website development, and related projects like this e-mail promotion. But this is the first time this concept has struck me this way; we do tend to take in the page overall, not consciously picking out separate colors, especially when there are this many. It’s a good lesson to keep my eyes open! Continue reading

Food Coloring: Just Beet It!

All right, maybe I’m taking this color obsession a little too far… In August, when I was visiting my sister up in Poulsbo, Washington, we were enjoying a wonderful home-cooked lunch at her house that included many young, delicious vegetables from her garden (and a chicken). This locovore’s delight included a dish of beautiful beets, regular (or whatever the red ones are called) and golden, together on a platter, thus:

Beets
Beets, part of a delicious lunch at my sister’s house. Little did she know… Continue reading