Colour cues are very special! We all need them, but working with them is definitely not a picnic! Always pay attention!
While designing a project, do you automatically decide on the colours you’re going to use, or just work with the ones that you’re used to? Not me! My favourite colours are always in the blue, to blue/green range, but I often force myself to reach for others. Yet what about the old “blue mood” reference? Is it true?
My experiences with the Bead Journal Project (BJP), taught me to explore my relationship with various colours. It’s only natural to think of orange, yellow, red, and browns in the fall, but does that make you want to work with them? I love red, have an uneasy relationship with yellow and orange, yet am not that comfortable working with brown. Does that mean that I’m not an autumn person?
Seriously, I made thirteen bead embroidered leaves in one of my BJP years, but only because I didn’t really like the brown and yellow one, so had to make one more. My justification for this, was that if I ever designed a wall hanging around the leaves, that the yellow/brown one would go on the back. Yet was that really fair? Don’t all leaves deserve a chance? No worries, because all thirteen are still sitting in a box, while looking for their next opportunity to shine! In truth, they only see the light of day during classes, and speaking engagements!
But seriously, I made a point to come up with a wide range of colour choices. I chose colours that I would not necessarily grab out of the crayon box, yet still forced myself to work with them. I considered it a useful lesson in both personal growth, and colour theory.
But my artistic side has become much more comfortable with colour, despite the fact that I still dress more on the conservative side (black, grey, denim, etc.). Yet, if that wasn’t enough, I had to continue my explorations with Stitch Meditations (SM’s) Now that’s been a real learning experience!!! Although I don’t consciously think about colour cues, I find that my SM’s are full of them. I don’t always pay attention, but if you look carefully, you could probably pick out which season some of them were made. By the way, all 100 of my 2018 SM’s, and 100, 2019 ones, are also sitting in boxes. What’s with me and boxes?
I use paler colours in the spring, summer brings out brighter colours, fall is definitely earthy tones, and of course winter shows best with the stark, chilly ones (the palest of blues, white, grey, blacks, etc.). It doesn’t matter if I’m designing jewelry, or stitching my heart out, colour plays a huge part in my life!
Do you think that I dress in more somber tones, because they’re the ones that show colour off the best?
If you’re stuck for colour choices, wander down to BeadFX, either virtually, or in person. You won’t be sorry that you did! Check out the beads, baubles, and “Inspirations”, then take a quick look at the classes. There’s nothing more uplifting, than a shiny new class at this time of the year! Well, perhaps the fact that you could be knocking a few holiday presents off your list at the same time.
Take your colour cues from the environment, the season, or even a favourite pillow, or piece of fabric. Stretch your boundaries, your colour choices, and your experience, while allowing yourself a few risky choices! You’ll be glad that you did!!