Monday, August 13, 2012

My Color Palette Experiments

This is my belief: the colors in your body will all find their way into your very best color palette. The rich variety of colors in your eyes, your hair and your skin will all be there.

And they are likely to be keeping company with the colors most likely to enhance your natural coloring. So the number of possible "best colors" we could wear might be endless. Any one color palette is merely a sampling.


And tasked with getting to know the way the Color Alliance system works, I decided to conduct an experiment. Well, to be honest, I actually unwittingly started the experiment before I agreed to it, but all's well that ends well, right?

After experimenting with using my coloring to create a vivid spring palette, which would have been perfect in a 12-season system but didn't work so well using CA's 16-season system (even though it did have some of my colors in it), I decided to create vivid autumn color palettes, instead. But instead of just trying to find the very best representatives of my skin, hair and eyes, I decided to to play with different versions and combinations.

All were a part of my coloring, but some were major notes and others were minor notes. Let me give you an example. See this picture of the colors in my eyes?




I used, as my eye color representative, all but the darkest of those colors in different palettes, to see what would happen to the season name and the color palettes that resulted.

Now only a color analysis geek would take on such an experiment, I'm sure, but it was great fun, and I not only learned a lot about how the system worked, but got several combinations of colors in those color palettes and they are all colors I can wear!

Though I don't have my newest Color Alliance color palette in yet, I am settling into vivid (bright) autumn as my season. Here is a bright autumn palette from byFerial which has all my favorite oranges and reds...




By the way, today starts the beginning of the 31 Days to a Better Blog Challenge.




We'll be reading this book (join us!)...




Read more about it here!

I am linking up today Bon Bon Rose Girls for this week's Monday Mingle and to Not Dead, Yet Style for Visible Monday. On Wednesday, I will link up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday, and to Melaina at Transatlantic Blonde for What I Wore Wednesday.






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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


20 comments:

  1. Fascinating! I love the term "color analysis geek" : > and I really like your palette. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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    1. Hi Patti! I like that term, too. Thanks for hosting. I love what you are doing with it!

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  2. So interesting and your eye color up close looks EXACTLY like mine! I am loving the oranges right now, so yummy for Fall! :-)

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    1. Wow, how cool that we have the same eye color!! Me, too, with the oranges! LOVE them. :)

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  3. That is really interesting! Love the photo of your eye with the different color palettes. Thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. Thanks!! And you're welcome! :) Glad you came to say hello.

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  4. You are ready for fall with those browns!

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    1. Hi Jill! You're right. And those oranges won't hurt nothing, neither. ;)

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  5. When I was in college I had a fashion class that talked about color palettes and it's pretty amazing. Love the reds and oranges and browns.

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    1. Thanks, JT! Hey, I tried to leave a comment on your post, but Wordpress wouldn't let me. I checked to see if I was signed in to Wordpress and I am, so I don't know what went wrong. Here's the comment I was going to leave...

      "Hi JT! Love your outfit!! What a great idea, to turn your maxi dress into a skirt. I can see how that would be great during transition weather. We won't have any of that here until September or October. Usually October, LOL! Thanks for coming to say hello."

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  6. Really interesting idea, I think my eyes are a very similar range of colours to yours!

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  7. I find your posts a lot of fun and informative. I have similar eye colors and yet had winter colors as well in my palette. It turned out that I can wear both winter and spring colors. That is where I ran into problems. My wardrobe colors were all over the place. You're blessed to have found consistency in your coloring. I finally had to go with energetics and settle with bold and striking type colors. It was easier on the budget and psyche.
    Your blog is fun. I can't imagine what 31 days of better blogging will bring.

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    1. Hi Sandra! Thanks!! So bold and striking? Do you mean DYT type 4? That would be winter, and if you also have some spring influence, you could take a look at bright winter. And compare it to your color card. You'd still be doing bold & striking, and following all the energetic design advice, but your palette would be slightly refined & personalized.

      That is basically what I have done. I am a type 3 but my coloring blends autumn, spring and a touch of winter, which is bright autumn. So the type 3 "rich" works for me but "dirty" turns out to be too muted.

      Thanks so much for commenting!

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  8. Sound such a great idea,you always get your colours right :)

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    1. Awww, thanks, Claire! That's so sweet!!

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  9. Ahhh the close up of your eye creeps me out lol. You aren't creepy I just can't do close up eyes :)

    Transatlantic Blonde

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    1. LOL, Melaina! Sorry about that. Didn't mean to creep you out.

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