Today is a “More is More” sort of a day. More colour, more silver, more pattern, just MORE.
It all started because I adopted this “Purple Armadillo”, just as it was being retired. I tucked it into my bead bag of little “extra”beads that haven’t found their way onto one of my semi permanent combinations. I thought that I’d get back to it and explore its possibilities during the challenge, and now I’m having a lovely time playing it into all sorts of combinations! Today I find it at the center of an all-armadillo bracelet.
Each year during the challenge I enjoy playing together all my armadillos to see how the new additions (and subtractions) are settling in. A few of our Tartooful Trollies have extraordinary armadillo collections, and by comparison mine is very modest… however, I’m pleased that I finally have enough ‘dillos to make a grouping of colours that work together nicely!
For today’s bracelet I chose relatively ornate and complex silvers with a theme of faces, trolls and other (slightly horrifying) creatures… I just love seeing all those ugly little faces peeking out from between the glorious glass beads. It’s a little bit of shock value, and it makes me smile.
Beyond simply entertaining me, the large silvers serve two very practical purposes in this composition as well… First, the larger silvers offer a visual gap, to allow the eye to pause between shots of intensive colour. The complex patterns serve to force the eye to take in the design more slowly, and enjoy each element. In addition the longer silvers such as “Fabled Faces” and “Beads of Fortune” take up more real estate on the bracelet chain, which allowed me to complete this design with only a few armadillos in complementary colours. I have addition Armadillos in my little bead bag, but selectively weeded them out of this composition as I didn’t feel that their colours matched the intensity of their neighbours.