I had a chance to get away for a few hours this past Friday and visit the Gem & Jewelry show that was in town this weekend. The show comes once a quarter really close to my home. I had an agenda. Color, color, color & a very specific turquoise bead.
Have you noticed the Spring & Summer colors for this year are well – bright – even neon colors are back. 1980’s neon – but less of it -thankfully! I was not looking for neon colors, but I definitely wanted to come home with more colorful beads than I usually do. I also needed 8 mm blue/green faceted turquoise beads for some custom orders I’m working on. I was successful in collecting colorful beads and finding the exact turquoise beads I needed.
It was a great day! I got to go to the bead show where I was able to meet up with Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio where we stood at the turquoise table and chatted about life and jewelry making – which is always so much fun! I found what I needed and then when I got home from the bead show there were two packages waiting for me! One was full of colorful leather cord and the other was the full color line of C-lon beading thread. Quite a haul for one day! All the colors were really pretty when I put them on a big tray to carry down to my studio.
Some of the leather cord and gemstone beads. Drusy cabochons- I love them! I’m going to have earrings and a ring created for me. Some silk chain.
C-lon beading thread in a array of colors.
Some curious new beauties I discovered at the bead show – woven in Mexico. I thought it would be fun to play around with them. They could be a focal, part of a fun bracelet, an entire necklace? Napkin rings?? Screams summer to me. What would you do with them?
Colorful wood beads.
Very different beads than I usually come home with! I’ve written before about not being great at designing with color and my tonal / monochromatic preferences when it comes to making jewelry. When I create something, I want to be able to wear it with lots of outfits and I don’t want to get tired of it easily. I mistakenly think everyone must be as practical as I am in their color choices. I usually gravitate toward neutral earthy tones, metals and black/gray combinations. I try to add an occasional pop of color for a little life – but working with color does not come naturally to me.
To gather inspiration, I visit a few favorite blog resources with beautiful collections of color palettes. If you want some fresh color inspiration for your work (no matter what you are making) these are good places to start.
Design Seeds – Color palettes from beautiful photography of everything you can imagine
Brandi Girl Blog – Color palettes and templates if you want to design your own color palettes. She also hosts a color palette blog hop from time to time.
Color Collective – Color palettes of fashion photos.
I printed out a bunch of palettes for reference and now I have some work cut out for me. Better get busy!
p.s. Thanks for all the feedback and suggestions about my heel pain! I was surprised how many of my readers were facing or had faced the same thing. I have been using the advice you gave me and I am feeling much better. The podiatrist gave me the same protocols you did! I went ahead with a low dose cortisone shot (I don’t mind needles) and combined with icing, stretching, massage and good shoes I was able to walk/jog yesterday. I have not been able to do that for almost 6 weeks! I had no pain walking around the bead show for hours – it was wonderful.