Hello friends!! I’m back from my week off (though I’m giving serious reconsideration to the way I use the term “relaxing” – half of me didn’t get the memo). I missed you guys last week, though I tried to pop in and follow along with what everybody’s been doing. Did you miss me?
Anyway, I’m back, and guess what? It’s that time again – Color Palette Blog Walk time!
This week, 20 bloggers will be sharing photos we’ve personally taken, and the color palettes we turned them into. Four people will post per day for the next five days (four times the fun, in my opinion). I am so excited for this week, and have been looking forward to it since everybody signed up! So, let’s get started shall we?
Here’s what inspires me:
Architectural details. I’m a sucker for them. Knobs, arches, trims, nifty doors – I love them so much that I had an entire series of paintings in college about them.
Textures. I can’t get enough of textures on photos. They can give such an extra punch to a photo, and really add to the mood, don’t you think?
Geometrical shapes. I’m a Libra, so I’m pretty obsessed with balance, and right now, I’m completely enamored with geometrical shapes and angles, and especially the facets you find on gemstones. I’m actually trying to bring this into my jewelry right now; once I get the techniques finalized and honed, I’ll share it.
Aqua and green/Photoshop actions. This palette is actually a two-fer. A favorite color combo is aqua and olive green – I use it a lot (clearly), and I just flat out love the way they look together. Dark, light, medium, it doesn’t matter; they are so pretty. And this happy color combo came out in this photo thanks to a Photoshop action. If you aren’t familiar with actions, they are a set of predetermined layers and techniques that you “run” in Photoshop to transform a photo. Just like textures, I really love the look you can get with them, and how they can turn an ordinary photo like this one into something interesting.
Borosilicate beads. Is there any wonder why? They are so colorful, and I really love how each is a little piece of art in and of itself. No way could I ignore the influence these have had on me.
Hawaii. No way could I leave this one off the list, either. I’m totally inspired by Hawaii because not only is it always going to be home to me, it’s where I go to truly relax (see, that’s my problem – I didn’t go to Hawaii last week!). I spend the eight hour flight from Dallas feeling like there’s a weight on my chest, and at the first glimpse of the islands out the window, it lifts and disappears. I feel like a calmer, happier person when I’m in Hawaii, and since I never made it back there last year, I’m feeling pretty desperate to go soon (I blame Dave Conrey and his lovely, beachy prints).
And in case you’re curious, here’s the full schedule of blog hoppers: