Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February 2013 Challenge Color Palette


This month's challenge artwork, Heijinja by Toshi Yoshida, is lovely for its peacefulness and delicate use of line. On a quick glance, you might only see a handful of colors, but with a closer look, you'll see lots of muted shades - grays, blues, pinks, yellows, and taupes.

What stands out immediately is the red building; with such a strong color, how can it not be the first thing your eye sees? I love how it warms up an otherwise cool palette, but I especially love the overall color scheme. It's not something I would immediately choose, but all of the shades really work well together.

How do we use them? One way to incorporate the colors into your challenge piece is to choose a bold shade of red and keep everything else very soft and muted - the last five swatches would be a great palette. Or, if you like color, you can challenge yourself and do the top four or five swatches, working to mix in a soft yellow and light pink with the red.

What do you think of this month's artwork? How do you plan to use the colors in it?

3 comments:

Beaditi said...

Brandi, thanks for calling out some lovely possibilities with the color palette here !
I think Im going to make one more piece, and skip the red...
Kaushambi

Kathy Lindemer said...

I don't have many red beads so I am trying to work around the red.

YaY! Jewelry said...

I have some read beads that would be perfect. Getting to many irons in the fire!!!!