This post is sort of a follow-up to the last. In that post, prompted by Michelle Ward's crusade on seasonal color changes in our art, I mentioned that turquoise/aqua are often my palette of choice. I use different values and hues depending on the season, but they are colors that often show up. I usually use lime green, lavendar, or black, sometimes bright blue, as "go with" colors. But, this season I find myself using a lot of beachy colors with the turquoise.
It started at our monthly Friday beading session at Bead Soup. Every month some of us get together and pick a project from a bead magazine that we all want to try, and we work on it, helping each other decide on colors and, when someone gets stuck, on the directions. It's really fun and it's a great way to try some of the magazine patterns. In May we decided to work on the components of the "Starlight" bracelet in the June 2010 issue of Bead and Button magazine. When I chose my colors for crystals and seed beads I ended up with turquoise and aqua crystals with sandy colored seeds. As I worked, I, along with those sitting next to me noticed, how "beachy" it looked. I really liked the change. Looking at the little star component when I got home I decided to dig out all differnt beachy colors of crystals and seeds and use all of them in the bracelet, a different combination for each "star". This is the result.
I used water colors, sand colors, shell colors, and I love them all! I even used a pure blue, which doesn't appear much in my palette. It was such a fun bracelet to make and it's fun to wear. I have another design that is still in progress that uses these same beachy colors, and once again I chose them instinctively. So, I guess this is the summer of beach colors for me. I'm having a great time with it!