Tuesday, 17 April 2012
April bead soup palette
Inspired by everyone making colour palettes etc and publishing on their blogs, I thought it might be a good feature for my other blog. At first my idea was to use all kinds of photos, but then I felt my palettes would just be more amateurish versions of the palettes from e.g. Design Seeds and Brandi Girl. So instead I turned my attention to the big bead stash: why not make bead palettes based on "bead soups" created from my stash? Not that original (FusionBeads, Perles & Co etc etc make such colour ideas on their websites), but it worked better for me than my original idea.
This is the first palette I've made, published on Manekis Pärlblogg today. It's really simple with just two bead types and the design of the picture is in a way a first draft. Maybe I'll tweak it a bit for future bead soup palettes (if nothing else, adapt it to what ever photo editing tool I'll prefer after Picnik closes this week). Focus is on colour, not beads, meaning I select beads based more on their colours than if the sizes/shapes/materials work together.
For the colour key, I'm trying to use the colour names used by the sellers to avoid confusion and make it easy for anyone inspired by the beads to find the same nuance. I've also thought about adding small tips or ideas like "why not try and add some dark pink/rose as an accent, picking up the rose tones in the grape opal beads" or "this combo would look crisp with shiny silver or silver colour findings".
What do you think? Is it an idea worth pursuing? Any suggestions or ideas for my future bead soup palette posts?