Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

Choosing colors is often the first step of starting a new project. Some of us have a signature color palette we prefer work in, I’m partial to brass with cool blues, greens and soft purples, or a designer may have a particular person in mind if they’re making a commission or gift. On those rare occasions when I want to break out of my usual designs or have a bead hanging around in a unique color, I turn to a color wheel.

Color wheels have been in use since the early 1700s and are now most frequently used by artists and designers as a guide for paint or other product selection. Most wheels start with the very basic primary colors of blue, red and yellow and then are divided up into the secondary colors of green, orange and violet, and every shade in between! You can use a color wheel to find two types of colors that work well together, harmonizing colors and complementary colors. Colors that harmonize are found near one another on the color wheel like aqua and blue. Complementary or contrasting colors, like purple and yellow, are found opposite each other on the color wheel.

Swarovski has a wonderful color wheel tool online called the Color Carousel. With one click and drag of your mouse, you can choose one of Swarovski’s signature colors and find out not only that shade’s harmonizing color, but also its complementary color. Swarovski’s color palette is so large that while their color wheel is perfect for selecting Swarovski products, it can be used to develop a color palette for any project!

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen

2 comments to Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

  • I can get into a bit of a rut when working with colour so I often use the Beader’s Colour Mixing Directory by Sandra Wallace. It has loads of information on colour theory, lots of colour schemes and lovely projects.

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    Thanks for sharing this Sam! The Beader’s Color Mixing Directory has loads of great ideas in it – I was able to find it at my local library and spent hours paging through it. Another wonderful color resource is The Beader’s Color Palette Book by Margie Deeb. Exploring new colors is always an adventure and these books are full of inspiring images that are a treat for the eyes!

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