Color in Practice: Getting Personal with Palettes

Color in Practice: Getting Personal with Palettes

For this final installment of my Color in Practice blog series, I’ll take a closer look at how to go beyond the rainbow and how to apply color theory concepts into your design work.

Color in Practice: Getting Personal with Palettes

While everyone’s personal aesthetic and favorite colors to use are different, learning why certain palettes work—and how to improve upon them—can lead to new opportunities for experimentation, evolution, and improvement.

Previously:
Covered in This Post:
  1. Other Types of Color
  2. Using Color More Adventurously
  3. Homework
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Color in Practice: A Beginner’s Guide to Color Schemes

Color in Practice: A Beginner's Guide to Color Schemes

For creatives, color isn’t only pretty to look at. It’s a helpful tool that can be applied anywhere—from pulling off a daring #OOTD look, creating a successful brand identity, or giving your artwork some added sophistication. And nothing is more mesmerizing and inspiring than an amazing color scheme.

Color in Practice: A Beginner's Guide to Color Schemes

In this installment of my Color in Practice series, I’ll share how color theory helps us mix and match colors with confidence and share a few ideas for how to apply those color schemes to your work ASAP!

Previously:
Covered in This Post:
  1. How Do You Create a Color Scheme?
  2. Additional Resources
  3. Homework
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Color in Practice: Picking the Right Shade? Hue? Tone?

Color in Practice: Picking the Right Shade? Hue? Tone?

Color is a vital part of our daily life. It changes our mood, helps us stay organized, can draw our attention, or convey a message. And none of this happens by accident. If you’re curious about color or want to learn how to incorporate more of it into your creative work, I’m excited to share some of my knowledge in this short blog series, Color in Practice.

Color in Practice: Picking the Right Shade? Hue? Tone?

Today, I’ll start us off with a quick introduction to some basic color theory concepts and terminology, plus share my favorite tips for picking great color combinations.

Covered in This Post:
  1. What is Color Theory?
    • Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Colors
    • Hues, Tints, Tones, and Shades
  2. How Do I Choose the Right Color?
    • Using traditional colors
    • Using color to fulfill a design brief
    • Using color psychology and symbolism
    • Using color trends
  3. Homework
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Fighting Off Creative FOMO

Fighting Off Creative FOMO

We love to joke about FOMO–but, in all honesty, the fear of missing out can be a crippling phobia. It affects our decision making, eats away at our creative confidence, and can cause us to make some truly regrettable decisions if we let it lure us off our path.

Fighting Off Creative FOMO

Today, I’m going to share a few ways that fear of missing out shows up and affects our creativity, in hopes that a little insight can help you avoid the pitfalls, excessive doubt, and what-ifs that keep you from doing what you do best.

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Flashback Friday

"Don't let the thing you're most passionate about ruin your day. That's not fair." —Excerpt from 7 STEPS FOR SURVIVING CREATIVE BLOCK from ElzaKinde.com
"Don't let the thing you're most passionate about ruin your day. That's not fair." —Excerpt from 7 STEPS FOR SURVIVING CREATIVE BLOCK from ElzaKinde.com

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3 Reasons Why Self-Promo Isn’t Bad

Doing business online is tricky. With scads of spammy pseudo-ads and shady-at-best businesses popping onto your feed every single day, many of us have reached a point where even mentioning our work feels like a total taboo.

I get it. You don’t want to sound like a phony door-to-door baloney salesman. But there are a few things you should know before arriving at the conclusion that promotion can only be the thinly-veiled, cheap-and-shameless variety.

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5 Things to Remember When You Have the Creative Blues

Creative people have a reputation for being free-spirited, individualistic, and openminded creatures who somehow spin intangible things like ideas and inspiration into epic novels, fine art, and musical masterpieces. It’s a lovely talent to have, but these right-brained leanings come with downsides that get us labeled as sensitive, inconsistent, or downright weird.

Opening up about our struggles can be hard. They can be challenging for non-creative people to grasp or sympathize with. They often tie directly to our vulnerability about our artistic abilities or worth. And sometimes we simply don’t have a way to unravel the complex tangle of emotions into a comprehendible sentence. The good news is, you’re not alone!

Today, I’m here to share five things to remember if you’re coming down with a case of creative blues, feeling a little blocked, struggling to feel excited about your creative projects, or in the midst of some serious burnout.

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Pros of Starting a Blog

I saw a lot of conversation against blogging around the time I started mine. Podcasts and vlogs were beginning to overthrow the humble blog in terms of activity and general interest. Blogging was to be considered passé. Despite this resounding death knell, I got up my nerve, collected the smattering of harebrained plans, pipedreams, and vague inspiration from my notebooks, and signed up for a WordPress account without any real plan on how I’d use it.

Call me contrary, but I’ve found blogging to be hugely rewarding. Today, I thought I’d share some pros of venturing into the blogosphere, based on my experience.

Whether you’re new to the blog scene, looking to revitalize an old one, or simply need some inspiration to keep it up, I hope this post encourages your inner blogger.

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Show & Tell – #Drinktober2020

This month I’ve been challenging myself to create a beverage-related illustration every day for #Drinktober2020. My daily updates have been posted on Ko-fi for a full week now, and so far I’m really enjoying the process.

See the rest on Ko-fi!


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