I have been working allot on beads for kits. That means lots of the same kind of beads which can get very boring, at the same time coming up with new color combinations is fun for me. I can usually grab a few rods and be happy with the combination. Sometimes I make up a sample bead or two the day before making a set just to see how the colors behave with one another. Every once in a while I get stumped. I keep the book "The Beader's Color Palette by Margie Deebin my studio so I can page through it when that happens.
Recently though I was somewhere on the Internet and started noticing pictures that had color swatches beside them. That really intrigued me and I went hunting for a way to do this with my photos. What I found was that Sherwin-Williams has this fantastic tool called Chip It! You can get the paint colors and then print out your photo. What fun to break down the colors. The above photo is of a building near the Space Needle in Seattle. I loved the way the mirrored surface of the building seemed to change from pink to blue.
This photo is kind of dull and I was surprised how well that the tool pulled out colors. I just love the mountain on the horizon though.
If all else fails though I can always go back and work for a while in one of my favorite combos. Red and Black. These are a couple of great big lentils that I finished up the other day using some fun black metallic glass.