Day 2 and I had an idea that I had been wanting to try for some time… so today was the day.
I’d always hankered to experiment with a composition made up purely of “Azure Bubbles” and “Desert” beads. I knew I had just enough in my personal collection to pull it off, but somehow had never taken the time to sit down and give it a whirl. (Note to self, be sure to remember to take the time to stop and sniff the beads…)
So today I was feeling almost smug, as I sat down to try what was surely going to be a stunning combination. However. Instead I think I learned the first lesson of this year’s challenge…. because I wasn’t exactly stunned with the result! Don’t misunderstand me: I love love love every single one of these beads.
I received lots of compliments from ladies who saw it at the shop, and on paper it ought to be gorgeous. However, I’m just a little…. underwhelmed. Even bored…. with the overall effect.
I think it might be that these beads are pretty all together, but in my opinion really sing when given something with a little contrast to make them pop a little more. I usually combine the softest Azures with other slate blues and lots of clear, honey ambers, and I think that the complementary golden tone makes the Azures simply glow.
So… lesson learned. Moderation can be a good thing, and Azures play nicely with others!