What can I say? It's true. Color always has an effect on my mood. Certain colors cheer me up, and others create a peaceful feeling. I have 12 boards on Pinterest devoted just for color. Eleven of them are dedicated to a specific color, and one for color palette ideas. There is no such thing as too much color. However when you think of color you probable don't think to much about it. You know that grass is green, milk is white or a stop sign is red. Now that I have a business I have decided to learn more about what effect and meaning color really has. Why do some colors look good together, but some don't? Why do name brands or department stores choose the color(s) they do to represent/brand their items/store? My favorite color is teal, so originally I was going to use that as my main color in my shop. No other reason other than I loved it. I didn't think about what emotion, feeling, action or purpose teal would have....just I loved it. Is that maybe why it took four months to make a first sale in my Etsy shop? Maybe, but I needed more information about color. Therefore, I created this page so you can follow along in my learning journey of color.

Color Wheel Pro

Before I start I want to tell you about a really really wonderful tool I have been using called Color Wheel Pro - a unique software program that allows you to see color theory in action. With Color Wheel Pro, you can create harmonious color schemes and preview them on real-world examples.

Now I know there are tons of free similar tools for free, however is well worth the investment if you work with color (graphic designers, artists, etc.). Plus you can try is before you buy it. If you are interested in the 30 day free trial. please go check it out by clicking the link below.

Here are some of the features:
  • You can save the color palettes you design in different formats, and export them.
  • There is a color picker where you can specify a color by the HEX or RGB.
  • Includes a set of presets for each color scheme. 
  • You can add your own Flash preview images.
  • You can preview color schemes or palettes in real world examples.
  • Includes all the classic color schemes: Monochromatic, Analogous,Complementary, Split Complementary, Triadic, and Tetradic color schemes.
  • Plus more!!

To start here are some interesting infographics about color:

Psychology of Color [Infographic]
Courtesy of NowSourcing, Inc

Image from Style Estate

Color Hearts Color
Explore more infographics like
 this one on the web's largest information
design community - Visually.

Color Meanings and Symbolism Charts
 Image Credit:Art Therapy Blog ♥ 

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The Art of Color Coordination

There are many site available on the web to help you with deciding on what colors to use on your craft projects. One of the sites I use, COLOURlovers is a wonderful site in which I use to get many of my ideas for bracelet colors. You are able to design your own palettes, patterns, colors or templates. Also you can browse through other member work.

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CLAD = Colour Lover Artist of the Day

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Wednesday 20th February 2013
jasurprenant is our CL artist of the day!
If any of them inspires you to make a pattern, or the colours to make a palette: tag it CLAD
CLICK HERE to post your creations

Here are some of the palettes I have created on Colourlovers. To see more 
please feel free to visit my Colourlovers profile.
Smiling Pleasant_DistractionLonely_Heart Summer_Love
Dreams ~_Doodle_time_~
Resolutions Concentrated_Scent
Serene_Dream Feathers
~_Doodle_time_~ A_Bit_Bolder
♥_GemEstolas_CLAD_♥ Sunny_Days ~DarkBlueMe4Ever~
Live_Love_Laugh~_hiver_~Because_I_Love_You! Just_Peachy
Peaceful Ultramodern_Frog
♥_GemEstolas_CLAD_♥ ~_meb757_CLAD_~
Live_Love_Laugh Just_Peachy
~DarkBlueMe4Ever~ Because_I_Love_You!

♥_Secret_Crush_♥ Peaceful
Tini_Bikini Its_a_Girl_Thing...
♥_Crystalight16_♥ Invigorating

Summer_Fun VanderkPoe_CLAD

Still_Learning Change
Vitality Resolutions
Happy_Colors ~_Daria9_~
Time_for_Tea Heavenly_Night
mlevi_CLAD_II Fall_Afternoon
Concentrated_Scent Peach_Powderpuff
Apricot_Undertone A_Different_View
Blackberry_Bliss Countryside
Serene_Dream Daisy_Seeds
More_Feathers Feathers
It_Makes_Me_Smile Fish


Soft_Sounds Unique_Fantasy

Summertime_Apricot Seaweed

Sedate_Teal Darkness
Techno Express_Yourself
Violet2 Teal2
~_exnius_CLAD_~ Forever_Young
Wandering Unwashed_Melonball

Our_Love Still_Learning


Take a look at these random palettes from my Colourlovers profile. What effect does each separate color palette have on you, if any? For example, the words I would use, or comes to mind when I view "Destructive Moment" are:

♥ playful ♥ fun ♥ loud ♥ exciting ♥ energized ♥ celebrate ♥ 

However, when I view the "Beach House", words that pop up are:

Ü serenity Ü quiet Ü relaxing Ü calm Ü tranquil Ü easy going Ü 

What do you think? I have always LVED color, especially when combined in a palette. However, I never really put much thought into it until now.

What do you think? I have always LVED color, especially when combined in a palette. However, I never really put much thought into it until now. I just recently read this article on Quora called "Is there a science to picking colors that work well together or is it just subjective?" by Colm Tuite designer of modulz. I have to say that I was very impressed at the article. ♥

Do you have any information or palettes you would like to share? How do you decide on what color palettes/combos to use in your everyday life? I would love to hear what others think.

♥ Jenn



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