My Favorite Creative Color Places Online

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite resources online for creative color.   Places I go for inspiration and information about color, trends, and ways color is making a difference.

Sensational Color

I love the team over at Sensational Color.  They create great content on colorful products, color trends, color in design, and all things color!  They have a great blog called Live in Full Color and following them on Facebook puts a lot of color in your daily stream.  If you want to learn more about color and design, check out their Color Consultant Certification program. The program is available in several locations and online.  I participated last year online and really enjoyed it!

Let’s Colour Project

The Let’s Colour Project is working together with local communities across the globe to paint streets, houses, school, and more.  I love this message on their website:  Grey is out. Gloom is gone. It’s time to live our lives in colour. You gotta love that mission!

Here’s a shot of artists and locals painting a building in Brazil.

Visit their website to get more information on how the Let’s Colour Project is making a difference through color and sign up to get involved.


This  is a great site for more things color, design, and inspiration.  Not only can you get info on trends and industries at COLOURlovers, you can also create your own palettes, patterns, and even name a color.  It’s a lot of fun so check it out!

Lively Grey

I recently found the color games on  They are a fun way to “play” with color and test your color skills.

I hope you enjoy these fun and colorful sites!

See you Monday…

Creative Color Expands: I’m Gonna Have to Wash My Brushes!!!

My creative color adventures are about to expand.  If you’ve visited melissaAnne Colors Gallery you’ve seen the quote from Shannon Grissom about my photography.  “You paint with your camera, which means you never have to wash your brushes.”

Well, that’s ALL about to change.  Tomorrow morning I’m going to Pearl, the art and craft store on Canal Street in NYC, to buy acrylic paints, paint brushes, and a few canvases.

That’s right, I’m learning to PAINT!

I’ve always been intrigued by paints, paint brushes, and the art of painting.  It seems like a magical process to me.  A cold, white canvas becomes a colorful vision and inspiring story at the hand of the artist.  In my head, this is the stuff of miracles.

As a child I was fascinated by my Great Aunt Nieta who was a painter.  When I was growing up I often heard my mom say, “Some day I’m going to learn to paint.”

Seeing my Aunt’s art and hearing my mom dream of painting excited me…and terrified me.  I’m not sure why it terrified me (other than this voice in my head that seemed to shout, “who are you kidding, you’d never be able to paint anything.”).

Well, “voice”, starting this week I’m learning to paint with Creatively Fit’s Painting Made Easy!  Creatively Fit isn’t just about learning to paint.  It’s about embracing change in your life and learning more about yourself.  I’m opening up to something new.  I’m stretching my creative side.  I’m opening the door and graciously greeting “change” with open arms!  Oh, and “voice”, in case you wondered:  It feels AMAZING!

I’ll keep you posted on my world-famous painting career launch progress.  I’m not expecting any Van Gogh moments but I am expecting to learn a lot about myself and have new fun with COLOR.

If you’ve always wanted to paint check out the Painting Made Easy program at Creatively Fit.  Whitney will teach you how to paint and as she said last week:  “Fear no paint!”  If you aren’t quite ready to paint, you can start slow (like I did) with the Meet Your Artist Within program.  Trust me, after you meet your artist you are going to want to “paint the town”.

*Special thanks to Sean Boyce Studios for allowing me to take pictures of how a “real” painter works.

Creative Color – Wednesday Words No. 3

I found a really fun way to get creative color from words on your website, blog, Facebook page, or just words in your head.

Today’s Wednesday Words is an art project you can all participate in!  It’s called Wordle.

I found Wordle searching Google for word art to use today.  I ended up creating my own word art and having a lot of fun.

Here’s a few examples of how to use Wordle to create your word art:

Type or paste a string of words or text into Wordle and let it create ART from your text.

Here’s my first Wordle.  I simply typed in some of my favorite words.

You can edit your Wordle with new fonts, new colors, and new styles.  Customize your Wordle!

Enter a website address and let Wordle create word art from the site.

Here’s a Wordle of my blog.

Here’s a Wordle of melissaAnne COLORS on Facebook.

The possibilities are endless.  Wordle the web!  I Wordled some of my fav blogs and the results were so fun!  I’m not sharing though…hopefully they’ll read this and Wordle themselves!

Share this post with friends so they can Wordle too.  Post yours on the melissaAnne COLORS Facebook wall.  Let us see you Wordle!

Until next Wednesday…WORD!

Designer Inspiration

I don’t know if it’s the Winter blues or flu blues, but something has me down and out today.  I woke feeling a bit “colorless” and uninspired.

What to do?  Straight to the computer and Google Chrome transport to my favorite textile designers for some dream inspiration.

Angela Adams

I love her Ocean / Seaglass rug!  I love everything about it!  The color, the texture, the image.   It reminded me of my Reflection Colors photography collection and the soothing patterns and colors of the ocean waters.

I am a big fan of Angela Adams.  She’s one of my design heroes and I’d LOVE to work for her!  When I first saw her line I was smitten.  Reading how she describes her line on the about page, it all made perfect sense.  angela adams is a casual, modern, luxury brand representing an optimistic view of the world spoken through a language of color and pattern.

Color and pattern.  No wonder I love her designs so much.  I also LOVE that she has photographs of the actual inspiration behind each of her designs.  As a photographer who wants to design based on photos I find this so inspiring and validating.  Stop by and check out her website and beautiful designs.

Jonathan Adler

First off Jonathan Adler is hilarious!  I love his fun, colorful, and whimsical designs.  His personality shows so strong in his designs and I’m always inspired by the authenticity he shows.  My inspiration choice for today?

The Jonathan Adler Haines Chair in Flax.  Simple color.  Fantastic design.  I love the curves on this chair.  I could sit in it all day with a good book, my journal, and some hot cocoa!  It’s classic, yet quirky.  True Jonathan Adler style if you ask me.  I wouldn’t mind working for Jonathan Adler either, of course.  Only problem is I might have to wear Depends to work because I’d be laughing so hard…

John Robshaw

Oh…John Robshaw.  His designs are beautiful.  His colors are captivating.  His story is inspiring and when I met him at an Apartment Therapy Offline event he was so friendly and gracious.

His travels and photos are the stuff of my fantasies!  I’d like to follow him around for 6 months and take pictures in the Souks, in the streets, in the sheets…NOT LIKE THAT…have you seen John Robshaw sheets?  If so, you get me.

Today I went for pillow inspiration with John.  I have a thing about pillows.  They make me happy.  They bring the “thing” to furniture and bedding.  Here are two of my favorite pillows I found today.  They are both from the Messy Blockprint collection.  I could put them on that Jonathan Adler chair and be quite satisfied.

I could also put Jonathan Adler’s Bargello pillow on that chair and be quite satisfied….It’s my favorite JA pillow!

I hope you have colorful places to turn for inspiration when you’re feeling a bit “under the inspiration”.  If not, well, you can borrow mine any time!  There’s room for all of us.

Have a great day!

Sunday With Martha Stewart Color

I spent my Sunday afternoon on the couch absorbing the beauty, inspiration, {chocolate} and color that is Martha Stewart Living magazine.  A wonderful Christmas gift that keeps on giving.

32 pages in JACKPOT!

FANTASTIC color finds!

I first fell in love with Mud Australia heat-resistant carafes “perfect for serving hot cocoa”…even spicy hot cocoa! The design of these carafes are wonderful and the Spring pastels made me long for mojitos instead of hot cocoa!   Here they are in dark colors from Mud Australia’s website. I’m back to the spicy hot cocoa service (but still dreaming of pastel mojitos).

I could use some new spoons to stir my hot chocolate (and my mojitos soon).  Feast your eyes on these!

The Miix Spoon Set (available online at the MoMA Store) are teaspoons made of fine bone china with a traditional handle design. The white handles are unglazed and the spoon tips are dipped in glazes of assorted colors.  They come in sets of 5.

The romance of old world china and a modern indulgence of color.  A bit of child-like whimsy to remind you of tea parties with your favorite {doll}friends.  What’s not to love here?

I can see the morning routine already…”Late again.  I couldn’t decide what color to stir with.”