Thursday, 24 June 2010

Yet More Yellow And Violet

I have finished my three bangles and as I said last time I went back to working with yellow and mixed it with violet for one of my favourite colour combinations.

I used size 8 seed beads mixed with yellow lentil beads in two different patterns.
To add extra interest to the seed beads I mixed two different finishes: a metallic and a plain dyed.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

13 Months Of Colour

Ok, I admit it, time has just slipped by and I haven't been able to keep up with the challenge.

Life got in the way.

I originally planned to spent a year looking at 6 different colours (yellow, orange, red, violet, blue and green) dedicating two months to each colour.

I did ok with yellow, orange, red and even managed to squeeze in some violet but by the end of 2009 life got a lot more hectic.

Add in travelling a lot for work, Christmas and the magazine I was working for upping the number of issues by 33% and I barely found much time for beading and any I did do was often dictated by other factors and I wasn't able to devote the time to it I wanted.

So, I have decided to wind it all back in and go back to the start and change the parameters.

So, rather than dictate a set amount of time to each colour, I want to work with each one until I personally feel I have learnt all I can about it.

This will hopefuly stop me rushing through a colour, as I felt I did with yellow, to meet the schedule when I would rather play with it more.

So, in celebration of this I have gone back to yellow and violet!

These are two colours and a scheme I fell in love with all the way back at the start which surprised me.

I am in the middle of beading a set of three banngles which use each colour to different amounts.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Dagger schemes

I'm still working on my "Faux Crochet" technique and have made these two reversible bangles which use quite similar schemes- lots of browns, pinks and golds.

The first one uses gold dagger beads which also have hints if pinks and purples on them. I teamed these with brown hex beads in shiny and matte.

My second one uses pink daggers beads which have swirls of other colours running through them. I teamed these with seed beads in pinks and browns.


Keeping to the same colour scheme I have also beaded this bangle using pearls in lost of shades of chocolate brown, pinks and greens.


Monday, 14 June 2010


I'm working on a new technique: "Faux Cro" a lot at the moment and also putting together some work for an new thing I am launching soon.
I am conbining the two with some lovely colourful beads I bought last year in New York.

The beads are so colourful I knew as soon as I bought them that I wanted to pair them with these black and white seed beads as the perfect "neutral" background.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

St Valery Sur Somme

I'm over in France and I don't know if it''s a combination of the sunshine, rest and good food and drink but this town oozes colour!
I seemed to spend the day coming across unexpected dashes of strong colour amidst all the natural schemes.

I have spent the day taking photos which I hope will provide colour inspiration for future projects.The sky before we set off:


The view over the water:


Some colourful shutters:


Garge doors:


Painted bricks and shutters:


Some irises:


More painted brickwork and shutters:

Color by COLOURlovers



Bright shutters:


A boat on the water: