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To help you visualize, I put together a few inspiration images with related color swatches. To make it even easier to use, they’re together in this handy PDF download
Some of the images produce vibrant palettes and others are more muted, but they all have shades of purple in common.
Find, or take, a picture that speaks to you. Then, study the image for the colors that call out to you – it helps to squint – and sample 3 to 6 of them with paint, markers, colored pencils, etc.
It may take more than one set of colors to get a combination you like. The resulting palette is cohesive and makes a perfect start to a project.
Ultra Violet? What am I supposed to do with that?
You’ve probably heard that Pantone (the company that’s king of color) has announced the color they’re predicting to be THE color of 2018 for fashion, home goods, pretty much everywhere.
Say whaaaaat? It’s not the most approachable color in the version they presented. So, what are creative folks supposed to do with that?
I took it as a challenge to work some version of it into a mixed media piece. I started with a Pinterest mood board and then chose a set of about 5 colors that reflected that feeling but less aggressive than Ultraviolet itself.
The final pieces are lighter and softer than the actual inspiration color, but that’s the point: it was inspiration, not an order.
The thing to remember is you’re in charge! Take the idea and turn it into your creative expression – from home decor to baking to music and dance: take joy from it!
New Year, New Projects
Do you make resolutions? I don’t but that doesn’t mean I’m immune to the whiff of freshness around the start of the year. Which means new things are developing in the studio – bigger, brighter things! I’ll keep you posted…
How do you take inspiration for your creative life? Send me a note about it!
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