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.
This weeks winner is...Cheryl Roe! Congratulations! You have won the May edition of a Curious Inspiration Kit from the Curious Bead Shop courtesy of Rebecca Anderson!
Please send Rebecca an email with your address and she will get it right out to you.
You are in the Humblebeads Studio and I'm your host and artist-in-residence, Heather Powers.
With the renewed energy of spring that brings life back into the world, I feel revitalized. My hands and mind have been working away as my creativity has sprung into action. I seem to have a new idea bloom every day!
I've been sharing some of my process photos with my friends on Facebook, everyone likes to see the behind the scenes of how an artist works.
Here you can see some custom colors that we've mixed up. I love starting a project with a color palette. Where do my color palette's come from?
Sometimes they happen from us mixing up scrap clay and serendipity is the muse then. Sometimes I follow along with Brandi Hussey's color palette from the Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge and create colors to match her well chosen palette.
Other times a photograph or work of art will inspire the colors. My latest beads were inspired by a series of paintings and textiles that I've been collecting on Pinterest. Whenever a floral design on a black background would appear, I would pin it to my Midnight Garden board. This was the basis for my latest creations. Rather than picking one painting, I was inspired by hues and designs from the entire board.
Midnight Garden Wafers
I can see myself revisiting these inspiration sources again and again for new color palettes and motifs. It's a visual goldmine. If you know my work, which is usually soft and muted in colors - these are quite a surprise. I was ready for something bold and bright and my Pinterest board gave me just the inspiration I was craving.
So my question for you this week is kind of a homework assignment - share a link in the comments below with a color palette you have find inspirational lately. I may just borrow it for a future series of beads!
My prize is a $30 gift certificate to my all new website at Humblebeads.com. Just leave a color palette link in the comments to enter.
And to celebrate my new website I'm offering a coupon for our readers: use discount code NEWHOME for 20% off your purchase this weekend at Humblebeads.com.