This month the participants of the Jewelry Artisans Community
Blog Carnival decided to choose a color to work with and then write a blog post about our experiences.Â We voted among the color choices of blue, green, yellow, red, pink, purple and orange.Â My initial reaction was to vote for a color I'm comfortable with and since I use a lot of blue and red, I was going to decide between those two colors.Â Then one of the participants urged us to think outside the box which got me thinking that using a comfortable color went against the spirit of the color challenge.Â So, I ended up voting for orange and, as it turned out, orange was the winner of the poll.
Orange is one of those colors that just isn't a good fit a lot of times.Â It's associated with Halloween and it's often thought of as too garish and not a serious color.Â But, it's a bright and happy color.Â If not overdone, it's really a wonderful color choice.
On another blog entry, I posted about a wire flower design I've been working on.Â While making prototypes, I randomly selected a strand of orange beads to use and found that orange and blue like each other:
Looking through my inventory, I came across these bracelets that incorporate different shades of orange.Â
I also discovered that, at one time, I was using a lot of orange in my designs and I'm not sure why I stopped using it.Â Based on the number of items that include orange, I was obviously drawn to orange.
It would not be fair to rely on older work to represent this month's color challenge.Â Here is a new earring design that features tangerine orange and oxidized copper.Â The antiqued copper does a great job of showcasing the orange beads, while also toning down that bright color a bit.
This challenge was a good exercise in opening my eyes to the possibilities of orange and also a reminder not to get stuck in a rut when it comes to color usage.Â Do you have certain colors you avoid using in your work?Â Maybe it's time to re-visit those colors - you may discover you like them more than you think.
To find out what the other participants of this months Blog Carnival have to say about orange, click on the links below.Â You'll be glad you did!N Valentine StudioCat's WirePonder the Cat