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Exploring Color Palettes

Artists love to support other artists. In fact at art shows we often spend much (if not all!) of our profits buying the work of our fellow artists. So when I saw the one-of-a-kind, multi-layered Raggle Taggle scarves of fiber artist Doreen Breen of Soul Threads Designs I knew I had to have one. They are the fiber equivalent to one of my multi-strand necklaces - full of texture, astute color combinations, and luxurious natural materials - and she even makes them custom for "particular" customers such as myself.

I wanted to send Doreen color ideas for my scarf, so I searched through a vast library of color palettes that had already been created by the global community on COLOURlovers.com. I sent her these three and asked her to pick which one most inspired her.

While I was busy shopping for myself and soaking up the beauty of so many glorious colors, I was also thinking about a recent custom order I received. My customer wanted a multi-strand, multi-colored necklace similar to one she saw on my website but with a different color palette.  As I began exploring and designing, I realized that I wanted to add one more color than what we had previously discussed, so I turned to the PALette app on my phone to generate color palettes from photos of the actual stones I wanted to use. We had discussed incorporating lapis lazuli, amethyst, carnelian, and ebony, and I wanted to add some rich green. I emailed her these two images for comparison.

Color palette generated by PALette app from image of ebony, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and amethyst

Color palette generated by PALette app from image of ebony, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and amethyst

Color palette generated by PALette app from image of ebony, lapis lazuli, carnelian, amethyst, and African jade.

Color palette generated by PALette app from image of ebony, lapis lazuli, carnelian, amethyst, and African jade.

Both of these digital tools, COLOURlovers and PALette, enabled me to provide a customer and another artist with a clear idea of how colors will look together. I especially love being able to take the color sample from an image of the actual stones I will be working with as it makes the palette that much more accurate. I am still awaiting my customer's response regarding the necklace and also for my completed Raggle Taggle scarf. I will let you know how they turn out. Stay tuned...