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?

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3 Comment

  1. Beaditi
    February 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    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…

  2. Kathy Lindemer
    February 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm

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

  3. YaY! Jewelry
    February 13, 2013 at 2:44 am

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

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