Last week, after looking down the list of offerings in my Etsy shop, I realized I was in a color rut! Almost everything looked too dark and intense so I worked on some blue sky colorways, at the advice of my Vermont clay buddy, Cindy Walcott. That led to red cabbage purples and then to green, since I was working on a custom bead order and messing around with faux jade. I thought about walking in the spring woods and mixed up some caramel, jade, pearl, silver and gunmetal and then did a gold and deep yellow mix as an accent color. The results were very woodsy and with the addition of some repurposed wood beads and lampwork they will make a very nice necklace. I might even do a faux jade pendant to add to it!
So take advantage of the change of seasons to inspire your creative choices. Pushing yourself to try a color that you've never used before or don't use often is a great exercise. I don't have as much yellow in my closet as I'd like--it's hard to find just the right yellow in clothing or fabric. But I can just mix my clay however I like. Here's what I made in yellow-- hope you like it.