May 052017

ff color confidence

Many of you have asked me for advice in choosing and using colors in your jewelry and polymer clay work. It always makes me so sad to hear of folks who say they are afraid to use color, as for me it’s such a fun, enjoyable and intuitive thing.

Using color shouldn’t be scary, but joyful. What a wonderful and blessed thing our creator gave us when he introduced all of the colors into the world!

colorful flowers

This Pinterest search for “colorful garden flowers” just makes my happy to scroll through. Click to brighten up your day!

When I was younger I used to think there were certain rules about using color, like red and purple don’t go together, nor do pink and orange. But now I think that any color can go with any color as long as you get the tones, shades and tints right. One of my favorite sights is a riot of colors in a garden, the more the merrier!

In today’s video I will give you several tips and ideas for how to approach using color in your creative work. I usually don’t start with the color wheel although, as I mentioned in the video, I do always keep the color wheel in mind because it is the basic tool and understanding its principles will only help you. 

green purple broken dishes quilt

One of the more helpful things I have learned about using color I learned from quilt making, specifically a project in Gai Perry’s book Color From the Heart. The lesson is that the more shades of the color you throw into a project, the richer and more interesting it will look. Above is a mini quilt that I made many years ago as an exercise from the book. The colors are green and purple, but the greens range from bright kelly green to blue greens, light greens, dark greens and yellow greens. The purples are bright purples to fuchsias, blue purples, deep purples and lavenders. It’s so much more fascinating to look at than if I had just used two or three greens and purples. I try to apply these principles in anything I do, whether it’s a piece of jewelry or a polymer clay sculpture.

One thing I didn’t think to mention in the video is that if you have a smart phone there are a multitude of apps to help you play with/design with color. 

Here are a few color resources you may find helpful:

 Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How To Choose Colors With Confidence-Friday Findings Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 122013

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, ya’ll!  This is the day some of us take to virtually travel the world via the workdesks of creative people from all over.  The desks may be neat, messy and sometimes piled high, but there’s always something interesting and inspirational to see.  Check it out over at Julia’s.


As I mentioned last week, I’ve been working through the exercises in Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio’s book Polymer Clay Color Inspirations.  Those papers you see are color collages from magazine clippings.  Now you know all my favorite colors. 🙂

The next project is to make  collages from that disliked pile of paper bits over on the right.  Should be interesting. Hmmmm…..

That mahoosive pile of clay blocks in the center found its way home cuz they were only $1 each this week over at Michaels.  Woot!  (Yes, I grabbed one each of every color.)  🙂


This past weekend I also spent a little time reorganizing my polymer clay supplies.  This tray has all my finishing stuff.  Patinas, paints, metallics, Varathane and the like are now all in one place.  Makes sense, right?


This tray has all the tools I used the most while creating in clay.  This includes these little color mixing sample tiles, also an exercise from Polymer Clay Color Inspirations. Again, it seemed logical to put ’em all together.


This tray has all the components for a product idea that has gotten put on the back burner.  I think it’s a neat idea (a wearable scrapbook album) but hit so many roadblocks in R&D that I set it aside for a while.


This string of beads was another project from the color book.  They have the look of African trade beads… in my favorite colors, though!


Whatever you do this week, may you have time for something creative.