Saturday, March 20, 2010

Color Adventure: Split-Complementary

I'm no color genius...I can't even figure out what my natural haircolor is!  haaaaaaaaaa  So, when it came to the "Split-Complementary" challenge through the Beads of Clay blog.  I had to do some resesarch.

I started first on this website, recommend by Kristie of Artisan Clay:  The Color Schemer tool.  You can pick a color combo and then play with a sliding scale of values to see your options. 

Then, I broke out my new "3-in-1 Color Tool" that I picked up on Amazon.  It's made for quilters, but it's great for my bead drawers.  I can pull out the "swatches" I need and then use them to search for just the right colors because each swatch includes all the tones and shades of each color.

I picked my focal first and then built from there.  This awesome purple zinnia piece is by Tracee Dock from The Classic Bead.  From the purple, across the color wheel, is yellow-green, so to split that I got chartreuse and green. 

The end result:
Zinnia Stoneware Pendant - The Classic Bead
Faceted lemon quartz
Facted iolite
Green/yellow agate rounds
Green chunky pearls (I hate the word "blister" so I can't use it here even though I think that's what they really are)
Sterling silver wire used to bail up the pendant

And you can own's for sale in my etsy shop.  :)

There are two more color challenges in the mix right now, so come on and join me in exploring: 

The Tetradic Color Scheme - through April 2nd
The Neutral Color Scheme - through April 16th


  1. Great combination of colors!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous, Jenn! The colors work so well! I love that 3-In-1 color tool. I did a post about it on my blog a while back:
    I use it all the time!

    BTW: I love the new look of your blog! The background is perfect!

  3. Hi Jen--this is fascinating information. I've seen those wheels because my mother used to paint--but never thought to apply them to my beading! Great post!

  4. Very cool. I am going to look at that 3 in 1 color

  5. Oooh, love it! Very cool! I need to look at the 3-in-1 color tool, too!

  6. Hey Jen,

    I work with a color wheel for my lampwork beads, I think every artist should! The end result is always "eye" appealing :-)


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