Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Designers Guide to Color - BOOKS 1 & 2

I'm exploring colors for my dragons and dragon earrings.  I have a set of 5 books that are nothing but COLOR inspiration. 
These books are available used pretty cheap on Amazon. 
I completed my set with books 4 & 5 last week. 
I get into ruts of my happy colors.  Purple, Blue and Green (especially Teal Green)
 nothing but pages and pages of color combinations
 So book one looks like this
This book has mostly 2 color combinations
but is has a few 3 color combinations and
I have already beaded dragon earrings from them
and I plan to make a dragon from this
color combo in the bottom right corner
This is book 2
It has lots of 3 color combos
 and some 2 color combos
lots of combos I would never put together myself
but are very nice
 I am not into the pastel colors
 but bright vivid colors are my fave
 Time to get back to my beading
I hope you go looking for color on your own
I have gone to fabric web sights and gotten inspiration
I used a 3 color parachute cord to get a combo so I went looking for more multi color inspiration
Where do you get your color inspiration?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I'm beginning a journey about color and how to put colors together - join me!

A little back story....  In July 2015, I started dreaming about a dragon necklace.  It would be 3D and it's feet would stick out...  And I made one.   It turned out pretty cool.

Then I made one that showed the colors better so I could make a pattern

Which can be found in my Etsy shop

Well then I started making them and naming them - playing with colors

And then my cousin dreamed about my dragon only as an earring.

and that night I came home to make this pattern

I was wanting to play out of my color comfort zone so I dug out these cool books on color

And I opened them to find color combinations

and I made these
And then these
made these

So I used books on color to come up with theses

I looked some other places to get color inspiration like at the striped parachute cord at the bead store I work at.  I picked pink, olivine and grey out from one of those. 

You can search for things like quilt squares or quilt fabrics to get inspiration.  Most of you can probably open your closet and find all kinds of combos in there.

So I'm going to try to document a journey on color inspiration