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Every designer knows the art of using colors to elicit a desired emotion. Whether it is to create a certain comfortable feel in a bedroom, setting the right tone for a web page, or creating a mood for shops or restaurants; choosing the right color palette is a critical design decision. But did you know the same principals apply when creating a work of art?
Take photography as an example. Manipulating elements within the image can produce a dramatic difference to the feeling of the shot. Understanding the elements involved – and the techniques for manipulating them – can help the new artist achieve results that go beyond creating beautiful images and instead help make a deeper emotional connection with the viewer.
Color of Light
Photography is often referred to as painting with light. And light has its own color. Light falls on a sliding scale of warm (yellow and orange tones) – most often associated with sunshine or daylight, to cold (blue tones) - created by man made florescent type lighting.
Light sources can even shift within the scale, like sunlight depending on the time of day. The hour just sunrise or before sunset is called “The Golden Hour”the blu by photographers because the sunlight has a soft, warm, golden hue. But the hour just before sunrise or after sunset is referred to as “The Blue Hour” because the angle of the sun to Earth is allowing only the blue spectrum light to appear. Photographing the same subject just hours apart will produce dramatically different feels to an image.
Light can be manipulated through the use of filters. In prehistoric times, photographers had to physically attach gels to the front of the camera lens. Fortunately today the same effect can be achieved within your Smartphone or by using post processing software like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. Use them to enhance the feeling you are looking for with an image, or to completely change the feel of it altogether.
The most obvious place to identify a dominant color is in the main subject of the image. A photograph of a field of lavender – or a green meadow – are pretty obvious examples as to their color palette. Subtler can be the hues of a sunset, or uniforms of a marching band on the streets. Controlling the dominant color sets the feeling for the piece – both the positive or the negative.
Passionate, aggressive, important, warmth, anger, revenge, attention
Playful, energetic, cheap, enthusiasm, courage, creativity
Happy, friendly, warning, joy, laziness
Natural, stable, prosperous, tranquility, calm, money, jealousy, envy, hope
Serene, trustworthy, inviting, coldness, fear
Feminine, young, innocent
Luxurious, mysterious, romantic, royalty, foreboding
Earthy, sturdy, rustic
Powerful, sophisticated, edgy, formal, evil, darkness
Clean, virtuous, healthy, cold
Neutral, formal, gloomy
Accentuates surrounding colors
Primary and secondary color
Combining colors will also have the effect of combing emotions. A woman in a red dress against a black backdrop can show the darker, evil side of passion. A green plant sprouting in a brown forest shows hope or renewal, while the same plant shot in a sun kissed meadow can show tranquility.
So the next time you are out shooting with your camera, stop a minute to think of the emotion you want to elicit from the viewer and apply your color palette well.
Artistic pavements, also known as street art, street painting, and sidewalk art, or artistic performances designed to give an aesthetic look or design to the pavement. Examples of these fortunate pavements are subways, sidewalks, streets, recreational ground paths, and town squares with semi-permanent or completely impermanent drawings created using materials like chalk.
The art of modern artistic pavements can be traced back to Britain, where pavement artists were nearly all over the Kingdoms. Most of these artists in the late 19th century were earning their living as full-time pavement artists in major cities like London and Manchester. Today sites like SaveOnPaving.com have delved deeper into this trade by providing enthusiasts with insight about artistic pavements and their contribution towards aesthetic on our streets.
Screever is a British name given to pavement artist. The term originated from the Copperplate writing style, which often accompanied the pavement artists’ works since the early years.
Screevers works from time immemorial were often accompanied by proverbs and poems, political commentary, lessons on morality based on a particular period event. They produced a topical pictorial illustration of current events or trends and appealing to all people, the literate and the illiterate. This phenomenon explains the importance of art as a tool for educating masses or preserving the historical heritage as all can understand visual images. Most importantly, for Screevers to earn their living, they would also try and catch the eye of the elite in the community to attract their money offered as donations for their efforts.
These noble people have earned different titles across the world such as chalk artists, and a title street painter is mostly referred to in the USA and Madonnari in Italy because they are known to have recreated the images of the Madonna. In Germany they are called Strassenmajor; a title coined from two words, namely streets (straßen) and painters(mailer).
Madonnari traces their origin to the sixteenth century where they were mostly itinerant artists, who had come to Rome and other cities to work on the cathedrals. After completion of work, they needed another way to earn a living, and that is how they started recreating the paintings borrowed from the church on pavements. They would also travel to attend holy days and festivals held in various towns and provinces, participate in the festivities and make a living from impressed observers’ donations as a show of goodwill and approval of their artistic work. To make a living from onlookers who would offer coins to them if they approved of the artist's work. Madonnari mostly viewed as simple folk artists used to reproduce simple images using simple materials, e.g., coal, tiles, chalk, coal, and charcoal.
Street art has evolved from the 1700s to the 21st century where items of focus, the motivation behind the art and the generation of artists we have. It everywhere takes over walls of buildings in major towns and cities, covering the subways and the streets and painting the world too. It has evolved to be a more creative form of art.
The artistic pavement evolution began in 1973, where street painting began to be promoted across Italy through the formation of a two-day art festival starting in Grazie DI Curtatone, Mantua Province.
Kurt Wenner, world's most popular street artist and one of the proponents of modern day street art, In the 1980s, he practiced 3D pavement art. This art is referred to as anamorphic art or one-point perspective art too. It is an old technique, but put into work successfully in recent years, mainly through the use of computers. To see the image correctly, you have only to view it from a specific angle.
In the United States, the concept of impermanence has over the years been a problematic concept for art lovers to embrace. This notion can be blamed on the fact that ours is a materialistic culture where we don't believe or want to accept that an artist's work should wash away. One of the largest street painting events in the United States is the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. It is usually held in Lake Worth, Florida and was started in 1994 attracting a record 100,000 visitors over a weekend.
Examples of great artistic pavements work in the US are; Leon Keer – At Chalk Festival in Sarasota, Florida, Street Art by Ron English in New York, USA, Yarn Bombing – R2D2 in Bellingham, Washington, USA, In Johnson City, TN, USA and Daddy Long Legs – In Seattle, USA among many others that are on your street and i haven't mentioned them.
World over decorative sidewalks has become a norm, but with a diverse approach from the olden days, e.g., use of 3D in the artwork. But we would do well to appreciate where this strange ritual originated. Looking at significant civilizations leaves us in awe as we ponder through the great works of art. In Portugal, artistic pavements ideas came from Rome. The work consists of using small flat pieces of stones that arranged in an image or pattern, just like a mosaic. Artisans first lay bedding of gravel on the well-compacted trench using argillaceous materials. The gravel helps accommodate the tessera stones that act like cement.
There are simple steps followed to get an excellent, complete work:
With few people wanting to stick to the kind of craftsmanship seen in Portugal and Italy, street art practice may be coming to an end. But there are people who are still saving this noble through integrating simpler ways of doing it in the past, and a new approach by use of anamorphosis concept also described as a Renaissance-era of artistic thought. Through this method, a deformed image, form and only appears in its correct shape when viewed from a specific position or in an unconventional way.
This method is called three-dimensional (3-D). In 3-D art uses two processes, namely additive where an artist creates a form using materials or subtractive process that removes materials from an already existing form.
Methods used by artists in the 3-D art are:
- This refers to any artwork attained through manipulation of materials resulting to a 3D object. Materials used are from plastic, glass, etc.
- Artists uses found, altered or manufactured objects and items to create a piece of art. This method has been used by Sculptor Debra Butterfield to come up with amazing pieces of art.
- This is a 3D concept that utilizes multiple facets from different mediums and takes the whole space to generate a beautiful piece of art. It can be either site-specific or generic. Installations and performance arts are complex and mainly used to addresses narrative ideas and above all aesthetics on a much higher scale compared to sculpture. Its origin can be traced to a period after world war during the Dada art movement.
- This is a distinct feature on pavements and streets mainly in the African-American neighborhoods.
A 3D street painting is called an anamorphic painting. Anamorphosis as an art technique brings awe and clamor on artwork because when used it distorts a picture in a way that you can only figure out what it is if you view it from a vantage point. 3D artistic pavement is a 2-dimensional artwork drawn on an actual sidewalk or street and gives the observer or viewer a 3-dimensional optical illusion if viewed from a particular angle or say perspective. It is a piece of beauty, an art masterpiece giving viewers an incredibly captivating, breathtaking and realistic feeling once they figure out the correct angle or position. The most common 2- dimensional models you will find if you visit SaveOnPaving.com of a 2-dimensional models are where the edges of the page are parallel to two of the three dimensions, and the third dimension is portrayed through diminishing size, overlapping, diminishing size and any other techniques that could bring about the perspective. It's interesting, right!!! Then why don't you try it out?
The world's great street artists like Julian Beaver, Kurt Wenner, Edgar Muller, Banksy, and Tracy Lee Stum have made a fortune through integrating traditional works of art with the modern order and making mind-blowing and world's most highly coveted works of art. Youths with artistic talent can indulge in this practice, and they will harness fulfillment, improve on their skills and not forget the fortune they can make from this talent. As they do street art they can also engage in commercial forms of art mainly in textiles, advertising, cultural fests, development of labels and logos and this is a fantastic way to earn a living. Thanks to the embracement of street art as part of the culture, it's now almost everywhere and indecent forms.
Art is part of us, intertwined with our lives and found in almost every aspect of humanity. It embodies creativity and catapults it to a higher level. Creativity, in turn, builds us into great geniuses, and now that is how life becomes fun and worthwhile. It captures moments of joy, sadness, happiness, a celebration not for the benefit of the people of today but for generations to come. Art does not fade away, and it is timeless and new with every day that dawn on us.
Art in modern society as was in the old culture has been a medium for expressing one's thoughts, and a means through which their beliefs manifest. Through this way of expression, I to the benefit of so many people within a society whose voices could not be heard. Artistic pavement is a platform for enriching an entire community through works of art. There are stress relievers, but none is better than a great piece of art. It manipulates human conscience by giving an individual some form of illusion, especially 3D art where one takes a journey to a fantasy world. The masses get lost in the moment, and phew, all stress is gone.
For artists, impermanent nature of street art enhances imagination, creativity in progress, the ability to see things and imagine things unseen before and mental growth through a move from simple to intricate works of art. Works of art will be all over today, in Escape rooms, Theatres, Movies, and Music. It is defining us as individuals, and it’s a tool for improving lives, making us better each day.
Artistic pavements are impermanent and legal. It is very distinct from graffiti which is more word based on street arts are a non-destructive image-based form of art. What happens when it rains? Art is more than a product; it is a form of creation too with each day bringing in a bolder, more creative piece of art compared to yesterday. So there is a tentative development of image and skill. It is ever work in progress, hence need for impermanence. After a piece of art is completed and audiences get an opportunity to admire it, then its purpose is served. If an artist has fully expressed him/ herself and the audience has observed creativity at its best, then the art getting washed away doesn't leave the artist with hard feelings.
Street art is a ritual and not a marketable commercial product for auctioning for a fixed value. The artistic worth of a piece of an artwork is not defined by how much profits it is worth making. Its impermanence nature means it’s just for aesthetic value not as a gain in capital markets. Kurt Wenner was saying the impermanent nature of art makes him feel like he has offered an offering and the ritual is complete. That's the beauty of street art.
Artistic pavement is enjoyable and a fulfilled process, but there is a lot of discomfort to the artist brought by nature, such as fatigue, scorching sun, extreme cold or heat, being treated to winds, rain, thirst and also being brutally treated by unapologetic city council workers. Bending over for long hours and concentrating too is quite a tedious process, but the outcome is rewarding.
Artistic pavement is an incredible experience as you figure out what beautiful and magnificent pieces of art can do to dull streets, street walls, sidewalks. Think of peace of mind and heart on onlookers, think about the heritage, the moral lessons you could pass through art. Honestly, it’s a ritual, and it's a fantastic experience that is both adventurous and great to pursue. You don't have to be a professional. It is an open party for anyone who believes they can do it.
Photo booths have taken parties to the next level in the last couple of years. They have become an expectation to experience at weddings and most large events. They continue to thrive and outdo each other year after year. What started as classic simple white backdrops with funny props and decent photography, has turned in to colorful looniness on hyper-drive with all sorts of melange in the backdrop.
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While photo booth props seem to stay somewhat the same, the backdrops have gained creativity beyond imagination using anything from balloon arrangements, streamers of all types and measures to amazing use of colorful paper designs. Flowers of all paper and tissue types have been getting replaced by popular geometric inclusions.
Backdrops can be used for so many different things! Not to mention using them for a wedding or special event such as birthday parties, corporate parties or showers, it will certainly boost the socially fun atmosphere while creating fantastically hilarious (usually) memories. Besides using them as an ice-breaker at your next party, many of these designs are just as well suited for bringing a splash to your home decor.
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Fall is a wonderful time of year to have your wedding, both because of the great food options (spiked apple cider cocktails! donuts!) and the gorgeous colors that are associated with the season. But you don't have to stick to a traditional palette of red, orange, and brown for your fall fete; here are three new fall wedding palettes that are perfectly seasonal, yet completely unexpected.
Fall's classic brown gets softer and far more romantic with this palette. We love the way this look incorporates the soft, muted colors that have been trending for the past few years and turns them into an ethereal palette that is reminiscent of the forest in late autumn.
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If you want to experiment with bold colors but aren't into orange and yellow, make a deep, rich shade of purple central to your color palette instead. Incorporate dusty green and creamy ivory, and replace fall's standard red and orange with magenta and peach for a vibrant look that would be absolutely beautiful on a sunny fall afternoon.
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Dusky Fall Wedding
Most people don't think "dark" when they think weddings...but the fact that it's so unexpected is exactly why we love this palette. Inspired by a late-autumn thunderstorm, mossy greens and moody gray hues are hip and sophisticated for a fall wedding. (And thanks to Guns N' Roses, we'll always associate November rain with weddings.)
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Which of these fall color palettes is your favorite?
These days part of your wedding planning absolutely needs to include the construction of a wedding website. A wedding website is the key element that helps your guests know important wedding updates, where to go for the reception, and it's even a place that can help you keep track of your RSVPs.
I scoured the web to find you inspirational examples of colorful wedding websites for your enjoyment that do a great job of telling guests about the bride and groom as well as providing them with all the important info they need for the big day. Check out the sites I found below:
Matthew and Lauren's website was color themed! Woo hoo! The CMYK theme was totally cool, and their wedding website matched the theme perfectly. Their website includes a guest book, information about the wedding, the registry, and more. It's a fun and colorful site designed entirely by the bride and groom.
This cool couple decided to throw a fun and brightly colored circus inspired wedding featuring a big tent and ticket stubs as part of the theme. Their wedding website features incredibly bold colors and is actually easy to use!
This wedding website features bold and contrasting colors, with creative typography and illustrations weaved in throughout the site.
I'm head over heels in love with the design of this wedding site. Not only does it have cool typography, and interesting illustrations, it tells the couple's story in a unique parallax design. It's an incredibly sleek, elegant, and gorgeous website.
Tangerine and Sky Blue Wedding Website
Karl and Gina's wedding website is not only romantic, it's incredibly cute and sweet. I love the color combination of tangerine and sky blue along with the sweet illustrated characters.
Hipster Chic Wedding Website
Ross and Jess decided to go incredibly hipster for the design of their wedding website. The design incorporates frames, and very chic color choices that are slightly muted but elegant.
Red and Mint Colorful Wedding Website
Jenny and Grayden decided to tell their love story with incredibly unique and cool graphics and an awesome color combination that isn't only trendy but works well together.
Nanda and Juan Diego
This wedding website is jam packed with fun and bright colors. It's perfect for an outdoor summer wedding that will make everyone smile.
Chad and Katie Covered in Purple
Purple is one of my favorite colors, and this lovely couple incorporates purple elements beautifully into the design of their website.
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Watercolors always remind me of summer and spring, and I love how they blend together in a sweet and romantic fashion. I can't get enough of the amazing color combinations you can create with elegant watercolor pieces, so I thought I'd share with you some of the most amazing watercolor wedding invitations. I hope you enjoy these, let me know if you come up with any cool palettes.
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As some of you probably know, I'm planning my wedding and totally obsessed with finding the latest and greatest trends when it comes to weddings. I've recently had a difficult time picking which colors I want to showcase in my wedding, so I've bee looking at a variety of different trends in color schemes for weddings.
I stumbled across these awesome ombre wedding invitations, and had to share them with you. What do you think of this color/design trend for weddings?
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Whimsical Wonderland Weddings features so much gorgeous wedding and color inspiration, I really can't get enough. Not only does Whimsical Wonderland weddings feature Real Weddings, DIY projects, and Wedding Planning Tips, but they also allow you to search their site for weddings be color on their homepage.
I've absolutely fallen in love with some of the amazing colors featured on the Whimsical Wonderland Weddings website, check out some of my favorites below:
For some more color inspiration, check out these pastel palettes:
Get Inspired with these yellow hues:
Besides featuring amazing Real Weddings, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings features photo shoots from engagements and more. I found a few of my favorite colorful photo shoots. I hope that you love them as much as I do.
Whimisical Wonderland Weddings was founded by Louise Baltruschat in April 2010 while she was planning her own wedding. She's done an amazing job of finding the best of the best real weddings, wedding related photo shoots, and basically everything you need to plan an amazing wedding. Be sure to connect with Louise and Whimsical Wonderland Weddings through Facebook and Twitter for more wedding inspiration.
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If you've read any of my recent posts, you would know that I'm in the beginning stages of planning my wedding. It seems so overwhelming to try and figure out everything, and I haven't really known where to start. Every day someone asks me a different question: where are you having the wedding? what are you wearing? what food are you serving? It's starting to feel like there are a million and a half elements that have to come together to create this one massive event..and I don't even known where to start.
I recently discovered the wedding site Mary Me Metro, and had a chance to connect with the site's editor and founder Ashleigh. She is one of the nicest people I've ever had the chance to talk to and she really is the ultimate wedding aficionada. If we ever had the chance to meet in real life, I know that we would be instant best friends.
As you know I'm from San Francisco, I went to the University of San Francisco, and am a true-blue city girl. I love all that San Francisco has to offer, and I couldn't dream of leaving the fabulous culture and atmosphere that San Francisco has to offer. I was so pleased to discover Marry Me Metro because it is a wedding site geared toward the metropolitan Bride & Groom! If you're a city girl like me, or you just want to keep up with the latest trends in weddings Marry Me Metro is definitely a resource you need to check out.
Marry Me Metro offers a variety of tools to help you get inspired for your wedding, and plan your special day. The site has different sections, including:
I went searching through the Inspiration Boards after I first landed on the site, and I was completely blown away with the cool and creative ideas that Ashleigh depicted. I've selected a few of my favorites below to share with you, and help you get inspired.
Pastel Wedding: Pastel's are totally in style right now, and I really love how Ashleigh chose to showcase this awesome color trend.
I searched around and found some inspirational palettes that feature pastels for you to play with as well.
Neon Wedding: Neon and bright colors are extremely popular and trendy right now. I see countless celebrities on the red carpet wearing bright colors that really make them stand out, so I love the idea of adding a touch of neon to a wedding.
I think my favorite section on the site has to be the vendors and venues section, because there is some incredible advice there! Ashleigh does an amazing job of finding venues and vendors and really getting to know them through an interview, and then providing you with the best of the best when it comes to weddings.
I think these hair pieces are absolutely stunning, and I'm so happy that Ashleigh found them and had the chance to share them with her community.
If you're really looking for some colorful inspiration, the Real Weddings section is the place to go. I hope that everyone in the COLOURlovers community will get inspired by these amazing weddings that Ashleigh found, and create some cool palettes and share them in the comments below! I selected a few of my favorite images from real weddings on Mary Me Metro, and I can't wait to see what palettes you come up with.
Raleigh Wedding: This couple is SO cool. These use amazing and bright colors throughout their wedding and I love this photo of the couple in front of graffiti.
New York Wedding at the Foundry: I absolutely love the color choices this couple chose. I can't believe how bright and brilliant these flowers look.
Seattle Wedding: I really just want to be friends with this couple, they look so cool, and I love that they chose to take such fun pictures after they got married. What do you think of the colors in the bouquet?
Austin Wedding: I am so in love with the color choices featured below, I really can't get enough of them! I want to see so many palettes featuring these colors in the comments.
I truly can't get enough of the awesome things I keep finding on Marry Me Metro and I definitely have to give a shout out to Hollie at Design23 for creating the creative Marry Me Metro logo and back-end tech customization. I hope that I can recruit her to sell some of her design assets because they really are fabulous.
I hope you enjoyed this little peak into the one of the hottest wedding blogs out there right now. Be sure to check out the Marry Me Metro website, and if you're looking for some more inspiration connect with Ashleigh and Marry Me Metro through Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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Wedding invitation design can go in so many ways. The options are endless which means that you can as creative as you would like.
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It is an important one as it will set the mood for your guests as to the tone of the event. Though invitation design can sound like an overwhelming task, so many fabulous print designers are top notch invitation designers and can often help you hone in on that exact style that you want.
Check out these designs below. Which styles are your favorite? What are you leaning toward for your invitations? Would like to see your inspiration and final designs in the comment section below!