What? Green??? And Blue??? Holy jeez... I'm going to have to think on this! Here was my challenge palette, created by Design Seeds.
|Jarred Tones by Design Seeds|
I loved the brown and blue combination, but tossing in green really threw me. And then inspiration struck (or rather jumped) out of my bead stash and onto my table. From there, bead by bead this cuff grew and really turned into something special.
|A Walk in the Woods - A Beaded Cuff Bracelet|
Not only did I use the color palette as inspiration, but I also used the photo itself. See the glass jar in the photo? The focal I started with for this design is a Druzy Agate. It has the look of crackled glass of the jar with the warm earthy brown "dirt" around it.
I have no idea what the side cabs are. They've been sitting in my "I'm.going.to.do.something.with.these.someday" pile for oh, about a year... but I didn't know what I was going to do. So alas, they are the perfect way to pull in the blue & green - Holla!!
The whole cuff was so out of my "zone" from concept to creation it was crazy. But looking at the finished piece, I can honestly say I grew and I'm so excited to have created it. I love that I was challenged by the color palette, but also by creating something I've never created - a bead embroidery cuff! I was able to use some of the "special secrets" I learned just a few weeks ago in the Sherry Serafini class I took and look what it turned into.
By the way, I will totally be needing bi-focals if this addiction continues. Those little bronze beads that are 3mm and the scalloped seed beads are 15/0s. Yes they are tiny, and yes each is sewn on by hand... but the end result - totally worth it!
Now, I'm off to hop over to the other challengers blogs. I love seeing how people embrace a challenge and grow from it! Feel free to visit some more great bloggers and see the works of art they've created. Also, if you're looking for inspiration, please do visit Design Seeds Blog. They put out GREAT color palettes daily that are sure to inspire you!