Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cheat Sheets

This is my homemade cheat sheet.

One of the biggest challenges I face when I make beads is the challenge of combining colors. It's really a challenge at times, for me, to put together colors that blend and please the eye. I have been working on ways to do this. Yes, I do have a color wheel, and I use that a lot!!!!!

This cheat sheet came about one day as I was looking at earthen, organic colors in my glass. As it often happens, I opened a magazine advertising clothing in beautiful earth tones. Immediately I tore out the two pages and began to cut the sheets up. The colors blend well together. Graphic artists are much more experienced than I am in the area of combining colors. It was a no brainer. I made my first cheat sheet, and it has helped. Now, I do a little bit of planning, and soon, I am making beads with colors that coordinate and contrast as they should.

These beads were inspired by the the second tab on the left hand side of my cheat sheet. I think it's beginning to work. You can find Pathways here. They remind me of trails and paths in the sands of life.

Now, my goal is to develop a cheat sheet for the brighter colors that I love! I'll show that later!

Let me know if you use this idea! I'd be interested in the results. Until tomorrow, then....


Miss Val's Creations said...

What a great idea for creating color combinations! Playing with color combinations is one of the things I love about jewelry making.

TesoriTrovati said...

That is a great idea! I like the idea of cutting the strips out. That way you are not distracted by what the shapes actually were but focus on the colors.
Thanks for sharing!
Enjoy the day!

rosebud101 said...

Erin, thank you. Another thing I like about the cheat sheets is that if you change the direction of the cheat sheet, you are able to see the colors in a different "light." It's amazing how turning the cheat sheet on its side changes the look of the colors.

Right Turn ArtWerks said...

Great idea on the cheat sheet Mallory! You kind of naturall have been choosing great compositions too!