I was putting away and sorting some of the beautiful beads I got from ZNet yesterday. I have been in the mood for color lately and I had not stocked up on my gemstone beads in awhile so I jumped online and I some color I got! Znet has been great to order from and their customer service has been outstanding!
I ordered these colorful beads the other day because I have been feeling stuck in a color rut lately – a lack of color rut.
My personal jewelry color palette is fairly understated. Silver tones, brass, a little copper – basically a warm neutral tone on tone feel. Pieces that go with many things. SO….. sometimes it is hard for me to design with color. I am always very drawn to colorful jewelry pieces but I find it hard to use lots of color at times because I often second guess myself. Another one of my – Get Out of My Comfort Zone – design goals for 2011 is to practice using more color in my jewelry designs.
Here is a bracelet I just made using lots of my new gemstone beads. Two things are very different for me. Gold tone and color! It has a bit of an exotic feel to it.
My Color Inspirations
For years I have been amassing a huge clip file full of things that have colors in them that make me happy or just make me say “WoW- That is Different”! The file has grown out of control so I have started to post them in a big collage above my design desk. I am going to try to add, remove and move them around on my wall. I have pictures of favorite fabrics, scarves, pottery, furniture, scrapbook papers and artwork as well as jewelry that is very different in style from the jewelry I typically make. I have also just printed out the Pantone Color Forecasts from Fire Mountain and I am going to keep them in viewing distance as well. I am hoping these new beads and actually using my inspiration pictures helps me see the world through more colorful lenses and breaks me out of my tone-on-tone world!
Do you love color – but find it challenging to design with? What do you do to get inspired to use different colors? Let me know in the Leave a Comment link above this post – I love to hear how other’s creative process works!