As I struggle to get back into the routine of blogging regularly, I have come up with a topic I think, as artists, we can all work with when it comes to our art and the design element. If you are like me and you treat your art a little like a business (so you can sell your stuff!), you want to appeal to the masses while still staying true to yourself. Choosing stones and the accompanying wire or metal is always a factor.
Even though it is the middle of the year, you may not have thought of incorporating the Pantone Colors of the Year, 2016, but you still have time. The colors selected for 2016 are Rose Quarts and Serenity, seen here. According to the Pantone website, these colors were chosen to reflect a softer side of life. A direct quote says, “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” If you want to read more about the selection, you can visit their page: Pantone Website.
How can the Pantone Colors be utilized in our work, you ask? One way is to use Rose Gold filled wire. Some say that Rose Gold is making a resurgence in the marketplace. Yes, it can be costly to use, but if you use it wisely, it can change the direction of your designs. I don’t use it often, but when I do, the pieces sell quickly.
What I usually do is use it in conjunction with Sterling Silver wire. Not only does that save money, it keeps the rose gold wire from overwhelming the design. Of course, you want to use rose gold wire with a stone or other beads that match the design and color scheme.
Another way to use these subdued colors in your artistry is to use stones that come in these colors. To give you some ideas, Ocean Jasper is one that comes in rosy pink, like this example. (Note: I am not promoting anyone’s work here, but using these examples to make a point.) More examples of stones with the rosy colors are Rose Quartz, Pink Opal, and Rhodochrosite. A few of the stones with this beautiful version of blue are Blue Lace Agate, Amazonite, and Blue Topaz, to name just a few. Whatever stone you use and whatever wire or metal scheme you decide to use, putting these two wonderful colors together can appeal to many a jewelry enthusiast, and give you another direction to take your art.
Some key tricks are to take your time. Print or bring up the Pantone colors.. Select your stone (either one you have or another picture) and lay it against the Pantone colors. I suggest to do this, as there are a lot of pinks and blues out there, and your eyes can play tricks on you when you stare at something for a long time. It’s best to actually view the colors together before going to the expense of purchasing wire, metal, and or stones to work with for your design. Just a suggestion. But…if you are like me, you have a cagillion stones to select from and can lay them right against your computer screen. However you choose to do this, it’s best to be sure before you tackle your project.
Also, make a rough sketch of your design and try to estimate how much wire or metal you will need for the size of stone selected. This will save frustration and possible waste later. And…when presenting your work to the public, you will be able to tell your customers how you utilized the Pantone Colors of the Year. Trust me…this is an appealing purchasing tactic for many a buyer.
Now…go make something, and Stay Wired Up!
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