I cannot believe that it has been an entire month.
Thirty days, and more than thirty designs later I don’t feel as though I have even begun to explore the possibilities in my modest collection, and I am overwhelmed at the potential for beautiful composition.
It was very hard to choose one last design to showcase here on this blog… Of course, I wanted to finish on a high note, with a dramatic, unforgettable bracelet design. More than that, however, I wanted to finish the way I had set out to begin… with a sense of adventure, playfulness and willingness to try something new. So rather than just try for simply “beautiful”, I decided to dive in and once more explore a fresh approach to my collection.
Throughout the challenge I had arrayed my beads into colour families while designing each bracelet. I decided to begin this bracelet by arranging the beads instead into material types – stones, ambers, glass, and silver.
Seen this way, totally fresh and new design ideas began to form in my head. I chose to play with just the stones in my collection.. (Who knew I had this many?!)… and began to see what kind of composition I could create using exclusively those.
Starting with all the stones together on the tray, I slowly edited and shifted the beads to create small clusters of complementary colour. I remembered that fellow Challenger, LeAnn Lowe had mentioned that she was beginning to become attracted to the “Ball Of Yarn” bead that has been featured in so many of this month’s bracelets, so with a little smile to myself I placed it in the middle of the bracelet. After all, this exercise has been all about encouraging each other, and garnering inspiration and ideas from each others’ creations.
Working outwards from the “Ball of Yarn”, I tried to balance light and dark, facets and smooth, clear and opaque, patterned and plain, narrow and wide… I edited out the extremes of colour, opting not to work with a few favorite stones because they called too much attention to themselves. (Sorry, lovely faceted claret coloured amber…)
Even within such a narrow definition of only one little collection there is so much diversity… and in order to create a composition that is truly harmonious there are so many elements to consider Fortunately, with Troll it is so simple to play, design and freely create. Trollbeads is pure fun!
I hope that this past month has inspired some of you to actively enjoy your collections; to play, create and design beautiful compositions that make your hearts sing… A huge, heartfelt thank you to LeAnn Lowe and Melinda Deyhle who faithfully posted their designs every day on our facebook page, as well as all you other ladies who shared selected designs along the way… Melinda & LeAnn, we have a very special Troll treat headed your way to show you how much we appreciate your support!