Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
Hi, Happy New Year! If you see me out somewhere, shopping or picking up necessary supplies, try not to look at my hands. I am very hard on them when I'm in the studio, and this week it's been especially messy.
I'm having a lot of fun experimenting with color and shape. I didn't have anything particular in mind, the holidays, family visits and travel had kept me out of the studio for over a week. I guess the grey weather and the lack of nature's colors during this season must have triggered a color shortage.
You know how some folks need a boost of light in the winter when the days are short? I guess I needed a boost of color. My hands and nails (oops! there's a streak on my wrist too!) are dabbed and dotted with color that isn't always coming off. It's been worth it, though. I've been creating some patterns, shapes and colors that are making my eyes smile and my heart sing.
Speaking of hearts, with the loving holiday in February coming up, I did make up a bunch of the shapes that speak to our hearts. It's a traditional shape with a long history, the little bumpy pointed heart shape.
I issued myself a color challenge, to see how many shades, tints and tones I could come up with using only the three primary colors and white. No black or brown.
So here are some photos of the colors that I'm mixing and using (and wearing on my hands in spots, at the moment) and I hope they perk up your post-holiday winter spirits the same way they have sparked up mine. And if you are the lucky winner, I'll send one to you! Have you used color to enhance your spirits, by painting a room or knitting a colorful scarf, and are you playing it safe with your color choices or have you broken out your color experience lately?
My question for you for this week's Studio Saturday is:
Do you prefer monotones, or complimentary colors mixed? Or just earth tones and neutrals? What's your favorite color family to see used in jewelry designs?
Leave your comment, one lucky winner will receive a heart tile bead from me.
Posted by Lynn Davis who's off now to soak her hands to get the paint off ...