Monday, September 13, 2010

A Flicker of Inspiration: Animal Prints

One of the best things about off-loom beadweaving is that we can take any image, pattern, or idea, and turn it into a beautiful cuff or tapestry, or even a beautiful jacket. Transferring a real life pattern to special beading graph paper, and then following the design is a lot more difficult than it sounds, but the results are worth it.

As usual, Mother Nature provides us with some of the most beautiful prints and patterns imaginable. And with beading, you only need a photograph and a little hard work to wear leopard skin. I searched high and low for some truly inspirational photographs of patterns, shapes and colors found only in the wild. Perhaps they will inspire your next creation!

And, if you need a little help getting started, I also founds these fun beading patterns:

Monarch Butterfly, Pink Zebra Print, Leopard Spots, Tiger Eyes

Wild Prints Animal Collage

1. Eye of a Tokay Gecko, 2. Monarch Caterpillar, 3. Coral Trout Eye,
4. Atlas moth (Attacus atlas), 5. Poison Dart Frog Sitting on a Leaf, 6. Msitu Baby Giraffe,
7. tortoise shell, 8. Thrigby Leopard, 9. Parrot Feathers,
10. Zebras, 11. Cheetah cubs, 12. Tiger! Tiger! Burning Bright, 13. Snake Skin

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  1. Love the montage of animals, especially the gecko eye! We keep a sweet little female Crested gecko, and she is just the most wonderful little pet. I might have to think of a piece to make with her colours, maybe for my daughter. This was a great idea...thanks!

  2. Very cool collage - there are so many great places to find inspiration for both color and pattern, and this is a great example!


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