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UltraViolet Update – Guest Curator Wholly Piecemeal’s Shiny Picks

Check out these fabulous UltraViolet finds from Carolyn Hawkins of Wholly Piecemeal. For more UltraViolet goodness, download your absolutely free copy of the UltraViolet Look Book.

So Swoon Worthy! This tufted chaise in deep amethyst is style and art in one!

Pretty in Purple and Pink! Define a colorful new space in your home.

Make an artful table! All colors are welcome – especially lavender – in this pretty set of plates.

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Color and Inspiration for Your Creative Life – The Ultra Violet Look Book

Hello Fabulous!

How have you been? Is January turning out like you planned? It’s been a little slower getting things going than I imagined, but there are always things to learn. So, grateful!

Here’s something pretty for you: the Ultra Violet Look Book. It’s 15 pages of color and inspiration for your creative life. You’ll find color palettes, products, books, and more – all inspired by Ultra Violet.

It’s completely free to download and share. Get your copy here and grab the bonus swatch book download too!

Tell me how your year has started – what’s working and what’s not? Let me know!

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Take Inspiration with Ultra Violet Swatches

Sending you a Heliotrope Hello!


Last week we talked about the newly announced color of the year – Ultra Violet – and how you can use it as a creative inspiration.


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.

Try it!

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.

In the meantime, get started with these swatches and see what you can make!
Tell me about your creations – I love to hear from you!
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Color of the Year – Nonsense or Creative Fuel?

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.

It’s…Ultra Violet.

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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