Tartooful 30 Day Challenge: Day 1

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Day one of the 30 Day Design Challenge… and I am starting off with a colour combination that has been tickling the back of my brain for a little while…

day1-close2I’ve always loved colours in the aqua to teal to olive colour family… so there have always been a bunch of beads in my kit that featured those tones.  However, over the past year my little collection of olive beads seems to have expanded a little, (as does seem to happen…)… so I decided to try a whole composition!

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day1-close4Of course – nothing but Olive beads all lined up in a row isn’t very interesting – no matter how pretty they each are!  These lovely warm spicy browns caught my eye, and seemed to be just dying to come out and play… so I popped them onto the play tray, too – and this bracelet came together so easily that it practically built itself.

day1-closeOne of the intriguing things about arranging all one’s beads on a tray as a colour palette is that it truly shows the colour of each of your beads.  For example, I might think of my Labradorites as teal, because their flash makes them play nicely with my warm blue-greens.  However, when arranged in neat rows by colour it becomes apparent that they really are more of an earthy green, and can easily be used as such in a design.

day1-close3It’s only day one, and already I’m a little surprised by what I see when I lay out my beads on the play tray… I always thought I had more soft pink?  Do I really have this many cinnamon browns?  Have I managed to add some good neutrals since last year?  So much to learn, and so many creative days to come!

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Sterling Double Lobster Clasp – retired format”, “Small & Beautiful Unique”, “Limited Edition Kimono Bead”,  “Smoky Quartz”, “Petanque” (retired), “Azure Bubbles”, “Labradorite”, “Tigers Eye”, “Paradise Birds”, “Brown Desert”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Labradorite”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Blue Desert”, “Jugend”, “Deep Bubbles”, “Labradorite”, “Artisan Bead by Scot Bouwens”, “Etruscan” (retired), “Limited Edition Kimono Bead”, “unique”, “Limited Edition Peacock Pearl”.

Have you decided to have a play too?  if so, please share them on our Facebook page, or email them to me at Tartooful@gmail.com for posting so that we can all be inspired!  Tune in tomorrow for day 2….

C.

5 thoughts on “Tartooful 30 Day Challenge: Day 1

  1. Already putting this in my favorite file for inspiration! Helps to have some truly special beads, like the stripey comet with interesting colors combined in a single bead. Love it!!
    PS I am not submitting this year….too much happening to play every day, but I am looking forward to being inspired!!

  2. Hi Brigitt, thanks for following along! I so enjoyed your designs last year, with your beautifully subtle palettes. Do share the occasional glimpse into your current bead box if you ever have time, I’d love to see what you are wearing these days 🙂

  3. This is absolutely in my comfort zone! The perfect colour palette for a red head. I need to find some azure bubbles at this end of their spectrum. I use organic bubbles at present.

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