Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bead Color Ideas: Witch’s Brew

With just over two weeks to go until Halloween, I can’t help but be inspired by some classic spooky colors. One of the best things about Halloween is that there isn’t a set three-color palette to represent this holiday. There are endless combinations of pumpkin orange, toxic green, monster purple, blood red, ghost white, and raven black to inspire us.

This year, I wanted to walk on the playful side a little, so we’re going to take a look at the more playful combination of green, orange, and purple. This trio can bring to mind cartoon ghouls, bags of candy, or the crazy concoctions of a mad scientist. I tried to stick to mostly seed bead palettes, to give all the emphasis to the colors. Some druks did find their way in, but they are so versatile and essentially beady, that they are always at home with seed beads.

Hansel and Gretel Bead Palette

Starting with some electric green transparent lime seed beads, I created a very sweet and sour palette of toxic fruity colors. The Hansel and Gretel palette also includes transparent medium orange, or tangerine, and some purple lined Rosaline - an excellent purple seed bead that doesn’t fade into the background.

Bony Legs Halloween Bead Palette

Next, I combined colors that were bright but not exactly cheerful. Bony Legs started with matte pumpkin 8/o seed beads, and purple iris druks. Together these colors brought to mind creepy crawly things in the woods, so I finished things off with a slimy lime green.

Wicked Halloween Bead Palette

The final palette went in a totally new direction. I started with transparent amethyst 8/o’s, and paired them with matte transparent emerald, for a spooky but not silly palette. Instead of a stark orange, Wicked is finished with some topaz AB druks, which have a lovely faded color like the peeling labels on old potions.

Which combination of Halloween colors is your favorite?

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  1. I think "Wicked" is my favorite! I've been so busy I haven't had time to even think about making any thing for Halloween this year! Busy is good though, right? Busy=income!!! LOL


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