Friday, August 13, 2010

Bead Color Triads: Blue Tang

Blue Tang by Charlene-SJ, on Flickr

With fall quickly approaching, August is a time for getting in a few final tastes of summer. We’re all taking last minute camping trips, and dashing to the beach, hoping to make the most of the season while it lasts. Even though the weather is still warm, little signs are warning us of cooler times ahead. Even some of the leaves are turning early, as if to say “Store some food or you’ll be next”.

For this month’s color palette, I wanted to focus on something colorful, tropical and warm. Something that would help carry summer heat and light on into the darker autumn months.

Blue Tang Color Palette

The blue tang is a boldly colored reef fish from the Indo-Pacific, also called the palette tang. It has long been a popular aquarium species, but especially since the appearance of Dory in Pixar’s Finding Nemo. I thought that a stunning tropical fish would make for some wonderful summer palettes, and the blue tang does deliver.

The first palette I created was quite literal. The deep yellow and blue of the fish easily translate into beads. To create Splish Splash, I used Miyuki seed beads in transparent cobalt and opaque yellow. For black I added a pair of CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski pear-shaped pearls. Although the colors are borrowed directly from the image of the blue tang, they remind me more of scuba gear than a fish.

Splish Splash Summer Bead Palette

To create this Sea Monster palette, I had to turn down the brightness a bit, and started with some smoky blue shell coins. With their obvious aquatic nature, it’s still easy to see the summer theme. I matched them up with yellow cat eyes, like little orbs of sunlight, and shiny hematite black 8/o seed beads.

Sea Monster Bead Palette

The final palette was an odd one. I started with some transparent yellow seed beads, and opaque blue Czech fire polish rounds. After adding shiny black bugle beads, I thought that the group would make a wonderful sea anemone. But the beads began speaking for themselves as I drew the palette, and ended up with some kind of psychedelic palm tree.

20,000 Leaves Tropical Bead Palette

I had trouble finding a name for this palette. The best I could come up with was 20,000 Leaves. What would you call it?

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  1. Wonderful colour combination! But what to call that last one...? Really not too sure....

  2. I think "Psychedelic Palm Tree" is a fine name for a palette. Truly! But, since you didn't even consider that, why not call it "California Dreams" or Dream or Dreaming, or something along those lines... it's got that palm tree, but it's shaped like a gold star and there's plenty of glitter.... "All that Glitters" -- But that doesn't sound right to me. Just off the top of my head.

  3. I love "California Dreams"! It speaks of both the shape and unusual colors. Great idea!


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