brandi photoHey there! My name’s Brandi, and I’m passionate about two things: color and creative business.

You’ve currently found yourself on my color blog, and there’s lots to look at. Here’s a quick list:

A long-running-and-still-popular blog series of color palettes

A newer-but-equally-awesome blog series on color theory

series of color guides exploring a single color palette

A self-published ebook about color theory

And a follow up ebook about creating color schemes

If you look back far enough, you’ll also see I started selling online as a jewelry designer. I ran a shop called Catie’s Blue for close to four years, and though I’m no longer selling my jewelry, I’m thrilled to be a contributor for the Art Bead Scene blog. I’m also excited to have one of my designs in my friend Lori Anderson’s published book, Bead Soup (total thrill!).

On a personal note, when I’m not blogging or working, I’m traveling, snapping photos, or buried deep in a fantastical book. I was born in Hawaii, grew up in Texas, and spent some formative years in both LA and NYC. What this means is that I’m constantly dreaming of eating Tex-Mex on a white sandy beach while wearing a lot of black (what? It’s slimming).



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What camera do you use?

I use a Canon Rebel EOS XS DSLR camera with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens (aka, my kit lens). I also use a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens, which is beyond awesome for extremely shallow depths of field (aka blurry backgrounds).

These days, though, I’ve been reaching for my iPhone 4S more, though. I like the spontaneity of using a camera phone.


How do you make your color palettes?

I make them from scratch in either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. I’ve got basic instructions here if you want to make your own (it happens to be one of my most-read blog posts ever) and a freebie color template here if you’d rather skip the DIY part. Sorry, the texture I use isn’t included in the template download!


Can I blog one of your photos?

Sure, so long as you credit me with my name, Brandi Hussey, and a link back to the specific post that photo was in. Please don’t leave off the credit; my palettes and photos are intensely personal to me.


Can you make a palette/banner/graphic/website for me?

I’m not accepting those projects at this time.


Do you accept advertising or sponsored posts?

Thanks for the interest, but no, I don’t.




This is a for-profit blog, meaning there are links here to drive sales. Primarily, this revolves around my own work.

However, there are a sprinkling of affiliate links in my posts as well. I don’t recommend anything I haven’t personally used and loved, and if you prefer not to click those links, no hard feelings.

Additionally, I don’t currently accept advertising or paid posts. The thoughts here are my own, or are clearly stated as a guest post.