Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Color wonderland

A sample of Design Seed's holiday magic
Thank you, TesoriTrovati, for turning me on to the wonderful website devoted to color called Design Seeds, created by an artist and blogger named Jessica. I'm afraid I don't know much more about her and haven't had time to explore her website in much depth, but I love, love, love the holiday-inspired color palettes of her 11-22 post. My favorite is "holiday lit," which I'm sharing above, but I also like "branching hues" and several others.

In my jewelry designs I've generally stuck to monochromatic color schemes or safe combos such as turquoise and black, but I want to start venturing into more varied palettes, like the one above. It's a little unexpected but feels so dramatically ... right.

I blogged a few months back about Beverly Ash Gilbert's Beaded Colorways, and she uses the same technique of pulling a color palette from a striking photo. Can anyone recommend an app that does this? I believe several exist, but would love to hear from folks with firsthand experience.


  1. Oh, yes! Brandi at Brandi Girl blog did a great tutorial for making these palettes. I just did the tute a couple of weeks ago and have been making palettes out of everything. Here's the url: http://www.brandigirlblog.com/2010/08/tip-share-how-to-make-a-color-palette.html#.Ts0fYXHub0s

    Have fun!

  2. Oh, and also, if you have questions about it or get confused, Brandi's great about helping you out! Ask how I know this. haha!

  3. Thanks for the tip, Sally. I think I may have seen Brandi Girl's tutorial a while back. I thought it was just for Photoshop, and I don't have Photoshop, so I didn't look at it that closely, but I see now that she has other alternatives.

  4. Oh, that is such a great color palette! Glad Sally could help you out on the palette software. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. Yes, Brandi's tutorial was for Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Here are two sites that generate palettes on their own.
    http://tinyurl.com/7u6j7ud and
    Hope this helps!


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