Showing posts with label Color Inspiration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Color Inspiration. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer challenge

I never participated in a beading challenge before, so I was thrilled when Odin invited me to take part of one with her, JRPDesigns and Ruby Lockwood! The challenge consists in creating something using one of the two summer color palettes below:

These were the two most voted palettes. Both of them represent a big challenge to me because I never thought of using these colors together, especially to create a summer piece. My first choice was the second palette, but I don't have the beads I need in these colors. So I had to pick up the first palette.

Here are the beads I chose:

To match the dark blue, I'm going to use one (or all) of these beads:

The ones below correspond to the second blue (not sure if they truly match the blue in the picture, but they're the closest I could get):

The third color:

And the greens. Besides the chips, I'm still not sure which of the green beads I'm going to use.

I'm very excited to see what I can do with these beads. In a month I'll show you the result.

Meanwhile, check what beads the other participants chose:

Odin's Musings
Ruby Lockwood: she didn't choose yet, so I put the link for her channel.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Color of the Year

According to Pantone, the two colors that will stand out over the year are: "rose quartz" and "serenity". These colors were chosen based on a balance between the warm rose, and the cool, tranquil blue. So the idea is that the two complementary colors will inspire peace, serenity and a gentle love.

Rose Quartz: "a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months."

Serenity: "weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us.  Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space."

I searched for pictures where the two colors are present to help you to identify correctly the shade of blue and pink:

Photo Credit: Pantone

Photo Credit: design-milk

Photo Credit: Annporter

Photo Credit: wakefields jewellers

Photo Credit: Ippolita

Photo Credit: Beadaholique

I loved the idea of the two colors blended and I'm already looking in my stash for beads in these colors. Beadaholique (HERE) and Firemountaingems (HERE) published a guide with the swarovski crystals and gemstones colors that have the same shade of blue serenity and rose quartz.

And since combining colors is not an easy task for me, I googled for color palettes that blend well with rose quartz and serenity. This one is from Pantone:

And the palettes below I found at the Design Seeds website:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Think Pink

Pantone anounced the color of the year for 2014: Radiant Orchid.

Source: Pantone

The color, according to Pantone, it's a member of purple family although has a lot of pink in it. The Radiant Orchid will replace the emerald green, the color of the year 2013.

For being such a vibrant color, Radiant Orchid combines very well with neutral colors like gray (an "it" color for the winter 2013) and beige.

Here are some examples to show you how to mix this vibrant tone with neutral colors like gray, beige and white.

Source: Homedit
 Source: Setting for Four

But the Radiant Orchid also combines with other vibrant colors. I've seen beautiful mixes of this color with green, turquoise, yellow, orange, dark blue and some shades of pink.

I brought some pictures to give you an idea of how this color can be mixed with vibrant colors:

 Source: NY Daily News

Radiant Orchid + Tangerine Tango + Apple Green
Source: Germani Decor

 Source: Homedit

Source: Simone Design

In my opinion, this new color should be used with moderation because there's a lot of people who doesn't like pink colors! As you can see in the previous pictures, the Radiant Orchid is normally use in details, moderately.

And that's the big deal for everyone who makes beading jewelry. People will want this color mainly in nails, makeups and accessories like purses, shoes and jewelry.

I can't wait to see the seed beads in this new color. And see what all of you can come up with it!

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