Is Anyone Up for a Color Challenge?

I've probably told this story before, but I picked the colors for my Ode On a Grecian Urn beaded necklace project from a picture I snapped of the deer that came to visit us on Christmas Day back in 2008. It was so much fun selecting the colors based on what I saw in the photograph, but I had to sort of hunt and peck to pull out the right colors. Lacking an easy way to pull colors from the photograph meant that this process was probably a lot more time consuming than I wanted it to be.

Fast forward five years, and I just discovered a cool website that allows you to upload any photograph you want and then pulls all the colors for you. It even separates them into light, medium and dark color palettes! Ah-ha! Now I've got a handy tool for making my own color palettes from photographs when I'm looking for a little inspiration for my next seed bead pattern!

I tried it out with a photograph I took at the Getty Villa in Malibu, California back in 2006. Here's the original photograph of a decorative door panel:











And here's the color palette that I pulled using the website:












Pretty cool!

So, who's up for a challenge?

Here's how it will work: I want your photos! Email me a good photo, at least 300 dpi, to before Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

(PLEASE, make sure that the photograph is one that you personally took so we can avoid any copyright issues!)

On May 1, 2012, I'll post three photos and their corresponding color palettes here on the Beading Daily blog, and you'll have until May 31, 2012 to create something based on one of those palettes and post a photograph in the Reader Photo Gallery. You can make as many pieces as you like, using any technique that you like, including stringing and beadweaving. All types of beaded jewelry, accessories and objects are welcome! Some of them just might end up in a future Beading Daily blog. (Hint, hint.)

Let's see who's up for a challenge! And meanwhile, if you want to try making your own color palettes, check out the website I started using,

Bead Happy,


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