Posted on | October 17, 2011 | 4 Comments
Hi everyone! Deryn Mentock here. It’s Inspiration Monday and I’m thrilled to be guest
blogging this week.
Are any of you as addicted to Pinterest as I am? What a terrific place to find inspiration.
Even better, what a great method for storing it. I tend to be a paper stacker
and Pinterest saves my countertops that clutter. It’s a virtual inspiration
board where you can tack up all the things you love and want to re-visit. It’s
where I’ve come across most of my offerings for this week. I’ve found some
incredible things to spark your creativity so, let’s get started!
If you follow my blog, Something Sublime, you know I’m a jewelry
maker and I love to talk about design. I’m going to briefly hit a few
highlights of jewelry design today: texture, color and shape.
Texture: I was so intrigued the minute I saw Andrea Graham’s felted twigs. They reminded me of a piece I did, some years ago. What I love about this concept is how much texture can be achieved…the texture of the pod form plays off the textures of the shapes inside. Texture makes the viewer want to reach out and touch the piece. It
evokes an emotional response and that’s the whole idea…to prompt a reaction.
dimension…from Scrapping Art
curled roses by Stephanie Lynn
I’m often inspired by paper projects. Talk about texture! Can’t
you see these turned into metal…transformed into jewelry?
Color scheme from Interior Alchemy
Color: This room is beyond phenomenal.
It makes me want to curl up with a good book and a scotch. Well….I don’t
drink scotch but…wow! The colors are what really grabbed me, here. The second
I saw this, I thought that a piece of jewelry in this color scheme would be
beautiful. To help me out a little, and just because it’s really fun, I created
a color palette using a template I snagged on Brandi’s blog: Brandi Girl Blog.
You can make one of your own. Brandi is extremely generous with
her tips and tricks and even has some super helpful tools in her shop for those of us who would rather spend time fiddling with wire and
metal than with Photoshop (although, that’s fun too!) In fact, I love this
colorway so much that I’m offering up a little challenge (of course, with a
prize!) on my blog.
Color is so very important when designing jewelry. I’ve seen
perfectly innocent pieces of jewelry ruined by over-enthusiastic use of color.
That’s why my very best advice regarding color when designing jewelry is: stick
with two or three colors. You can use more hues than that, if you like, but
don’t go overboard with colors.
crochet Irish lace..shapes… by Emily of Nothing but String
Shape: Shape just makes everything ever so much more interesting
when it comes to jewelry. Shape is the thing that is immediately recognizable
when your jewelry is viewed. Shape can be interpreted literally or abstractly.
The shapes you choose to use will dictate the direction and mood of your piece. For instance…
…for the focal of this piece, I used a very literal interpretation of a leaf
shape (wire with resin paper) which, overall, worked with the other elements to
give the piece a feeling of “nature.” The colors, shapes,
textures…all worked toward that feeling. If I had used a square shape for my
focal, things would have been very different, indeed!
This last photo has it all; color, texture, shape…I just found
it downright inspiring. I’m not sure where it would take me jewelry-wise but,
when I saw it, it gave me that little jolt in the back of my mind…that little
“hmmmm! That’s interesting. “That’s when it gets pinned to my board.
You never know what it might spark!