I tend to stick with tried and true when it comes to colors and color combinations - or at least I used to. Then I joined the Color Combo Challenge Group and I've been stretching a bit in my creativity. Each week we vote on a palette that comes from photos - majority wins. There are usually around five colors in the mix and the rules say you have to use at least three of them in your design - and your design can be anything. It can be a piece of jewelry (funny how my mind went right to that, isn't it?) or a photograph or a painting or a piece of clothing, etc. No limits. We have one week to create, then we post the pieces we've made for all to see. I have to tell you, it's amazing how different the things we make are, even using the same palette! Everyone puts his or her own spin on it. Very cool.
The kicker for me is that it presents combinations I wouldn't have otherwise considered. Some of them are fun for me and others are just downright uncomfortable. Either way, though, it's a learning experience and stretches my creativity. Stop by the Color Combo Group and join us if you're up for it. The more the merrier - just do me a favor and DON'T vote for palettes with orange and/or pink!