Every day on my way to and from wherever it is I am going, I most likely drive down a stretch of road called Patch Street. The entire length of this street is bordered by a bustling train yard filled with all manner of boxcars, tankers, flatcars, engines and cabooses. I am always fascinated at the graffiti that covers the lower 1/3 of the majority of these cars. I realize that this is vandalism and that it is wrong to deface property that is not your own, but I can’t help but be intrigued. I am sure that the messages of these markings could be more sinister than I can decipher, but I am intrigued by the colors, the patterns and the precision of those wielding the spray paint cans. I have even seen some amazingly beautiful images emblazoned on these mobile canvases.
I happened upon this blog called notion:creative that some time ago was focusing on street art and showing off a color palette from a close-up image of graffiti. They don’t appear to be active anymore, but I loved the graphic nature of the patterns and the bright bold colors, grounded in the more earthy hues of the substrate that it is painted on.
Beads selected from Michaels (50% off the red tags!):
99042 Bronze Iris 10x14mm rondel
95109 Teal Dyed Jasper 9x14mm
93286 Dyed agate pink round 10mm
59593 Round dyed pink quartzite 6mm
89899 Bone carved melon 8x10mm
93359 Dyed red bamboo coral 14mm beaded beads
The colors in this Pretty Palette are all a bit more muted in shade. The browns and cream ground the other colors, while the red mixed with magenta and the unexpected pop of teal give this life and movement. This palette seems a bit mod to me, like a throw back to another era, while also being very current and perfect for sliding into the cooler weather of fall. For the shapes, I kept to the rondelles and the rounds, with the carved bone adding texture, the faceted rondelles adding flash, and the beaded beads adding visual weight.
My Pretty Palettes partner for August is Tanya Goodwin of A Work in Progress. Miss Tanya has a way with combining techniques – from seed bead wizardry to chain maille cleverness – many times with pretty art beads that really makes for intriguing designs. I am excited to see what she does with this palette inspiration!
I invite you to join me in creating something for August inspired by the Pretty Palette above. You can use any beads you like in any combination from the palette above. Then blog about it and share it. Come back on August 27th and see what Tanya and I, and other members of the Halcraft team made with these colors as our jumping off point in this street art-inspired challenge.