There can’t be many people in the bead and jewellery world who aren’t aware of Design Seeds
and its wonderfully inspirational palettes. This is a recent favourite
of mine as I love muted autumnal colours…and as someone commented when
I posted it on my Facebook page it has a touch of the Mookite about it.
But have you ever thought about making your own colour palettes to inspire your designs? Colours can evoke memories and strong emotions and never more so than when they are captured in your own photos. That can be hugely inspirational for creating jewellery with meaning but sometimes it can be difficult to separate the colours out and that’s where creating a colour palette comes into its own.
There is a lot of free software available for doing this (mostly created for web designers) and from what I’ve seen most of it is very simple to use. Most allow you to upload your own images directly from a PC whilst other require a url link to a site that hosts the photo such as Instagram or Flickr. I’ve used some of my own photos to show what you can do but these are just my favourite apps and I would suggest playing around to see which suits you best – different apps will produce different palettes. The link at the bottom of the post will also give you other options.
I took this image at the Corning Museum of Glass this summer and since these are colours I probably wouldn’t think to put together I thought breaking it into a palette would be interesting.
This image was taken at the home of a friend I spent Christmas with last year and spectacular as it is, it did cause me some concern since I’d just shed my cast after breaking my ankle and was carrying a heavy orthopaedic boot around…that was fun! The colour variation in this picture is quite subtle so I wanted to see how it would break down as a palette.
Another simple to use app that will allow you to upload images directly from your computer or link to hosting sites, Facebook etc. This image taken in Siingapore shows a newly hatched butterfly sitting on my arm drying his wings.
I tried it again with an image of Las Ramblas market in Barcelona where the colour is far more evenly spread and the palette it generated was much stronger.
I then decided to try the butterfly photo with the Adobe Colour CC app and there was a huge difference in the palettes generated….
So as you can see, which palette generator you opt for is really a matter of personal preference but as I’ve said, they are all pretty simple, fun to use and be warned – a bit addictive. You can find more information about similar software here and of course, if you already have a favourite please let us know and we will add the information to our resources page.