The Crafty Muse
Finding Inspiration in Rainbows
If you ever find yourself in a creative slump, you need to look no further than your own backyard to get your creative juices flowing. Nature is full of fantastic inspiration. It provides us with amazing textures, beautiful colors, and unique shapes.
One of my recent favorite natural occurrences I’ve been taking inspiration from lately is the rainbow. When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing. A rainbow is primarily formed when sunlight is reflected off of water droplets, which is why they appear in the sky after rain. It’s indeed a work of art in and of itself. A rainbow contains all the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), and mixes those colors to create even more beautiful secondary colors (orange, green, indigo, and violet). This creates the Roy G Biv color palette that we so often reference as artists.
In fact, Isaac Newton is the one who initially realized that when white light is broken apart using a prism, (in the rainbow’s case the prism would be raindrops), this is when you get the spectrum of colors which is a rainbow! They contain 7 colors in total, but rather than being a distinct amount of set colors, all of the colors compliment each other and bleed into each other creating a lovely spectrum, and they always show up in the exact same order.
There are some fun ways to use rainbows as inspiration and incorporate these into your artwork and crafting, whether it be by visual inspiration or merely taking direction from the beautiful color palette that these rainbows provide us. If you are looking for different ideas on how to use the color spectrum of the rainbow, this is an excellent resource for different images: https://pixabay.com/en/photos/rainbow/. It’s a fun example of how creative you can get by taking something so simple, alter it from its original form, and turn it into a real a piece of art.
So if you feel like you need some creative inspiration, check out the rainbow! You can even make your own. Simply use a garden hose and face away from the sun. Spray the hose into the air to create a mist, and you’ll have your very own small rainbow.