Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Blazing Colors

Fall Colors Cuff

Inspiration can come from a lot of different places, and sometimes it sneaks up on us suddenly and inexplicably. I can’t quite explain why, but this week’s bracelet was inspired by coloring books.

At some point, I was musing about something or other, and had a flash of a coloring page done in gradually changing shades of green, yellow, orange and beige. It was a tree line of sorts, and reminded me of the AMAV art coloring books that I used to love during summer road trips. The images started out simple, and got more complex and interesting with each page. I’ve searched high and low for them in recent years, but it seems that they are either no longer in print, or not available as single books like in the good old days.

I had a hard time shaking the image of the billowing colors, so I decided to build the palette, even though the time for fall inspirations is quickly passing by. I wouldn’t be able to completely mimic the shapes that I had imagined, but I came up with a pattern that would work well with the blend as well as the structure of herringbone weave.

Using an all transparent palette of emerald, lime, lemon, tangerine, sherbet, light topaz and dark topaz, I was able to capture the look of an autumn tree in the sun.

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  1. Very, very COOL! I love these colors and realize that I don't have any variety like that. I mean I have different colors but not a bunch of different colors that are all transparent (or whatever). Need to get more beads, that's all there is to it!!

  2. It's funny how inspiration can strike us sometimes like that. Beautiful bracelet! I love the transparent effect.

  3. Fabulous as always! That is a blazing bracelet - great colors and I love the way the light makes it glow.


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