Pretty Palettes :: August Reveal

The bold lines and graphic shapes of street art was our inspiration for August’s Pretty Palettes Challenge.

Graphic lines and the colorful paint of street art or graffiti is the inspiration for August.

Graphic lines and the colorful paint of street art or graffiti is the inspiration for August.

The colors ranged from hot (fuschia, red) to cool (teal) with a generous sprinkling of neutrals like chocolate brown, black, tan and cream. Despite the rather bright palette, the colors all have the same intensity and are a bit more muted.

The beads that I selected were spicy bamboo coral beaded beads, smooth hot pink rounds, mottled teal rondelles, faceted brown iris rondelles and matte carved bone rounds.

August 2014 Bead Palette

August 2014 Bead Palette

For my necklace, I wanted to play up the strong lines of the inspiration photo. I used the round beads in graduated sizes to build the foundation. I envisioned a double layer of beads in the front with copper chain tassels for movement. I color blocked the teal and brown rondelles in the front. The red bamboo coral beaded beads and the carved bone beads added just the right amount of texture.

Graffitiwear necklace designed by Erin Prais-Hintz for Halcraft USA

Graffitiwear necklace designed by Erin Prais-Hintz for Halcraft USA

This necklace has a decidedly Asian flair to me. I don’t know if it is the color or the tassels or what. It does feel very substantial on, and I like the way the piece moves when I wear it.

This Graffitiwear necklace is the kind of art that begs to be seen!

This Graffitiwear necklace is the kind of art that begs to be seen!

To suspend the chain tassels, I did a simple trick… I took an eye pin, made an identical loop at the other end and then just folded that in half around my round nose pliers. Easy-peasy connector! (The loops are at the top and the U-shape is at the bottom.)

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Those copper wires connecting the beaded tassels are like the lines of the letters in the inspiration photo and allow the beads to have a visual and physical separation.

SNEAK PEEK! Will you just look at the beaded beads that Miss Tanya made to go with the August Pretty Palette?

SNEAK PEEK! Will you just look at the beaded beads that Miss Tanya made to go with the August Pretty Palette?

Didn’t I tell you that my friend Tanya is a wizard with mixing beading styles? Will you just look at the beaded beads that Miss Tanya made? I can’t wait to see the rest!

Miss Tanya loves chain maille and seed bead weaving as well as art beads. Did you notice that she made some beaded beads to match this palette? What a perfect complement to this month’s Pretty Palette! You will have to hop on over to her blog, A Work In Progress to view the entire reveal of all that she made with the beads in this Pretty Palettes challenge. I can’t wait to hop on over there and check it out!

 Tanya Goodwin
A Work in Progress

Blog: A Work in Progress

If you are interested in joining in the fun and have created your own take on the Pretty Palette for August, please feel free to add your link to the hop below.

The new Pretty Palette challenge for September will be revealed on September 3rd.

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Erin Prais-Hintz

About Erin Prais-Hintz

Erin is a color addict who designs one of a kind wearable works of art for her company Tesori Trovati Jewelry. No bead goes unloved in her studio. She loves to mix patterns and textures, colors and metals, simple beads with stunning art beads for looks that have wit, whimsy and tell your story. Follow her creative journey on her blog: http://treasures-found.blogspot.com or find her hand made treasures at www.tesoritrovati.com.

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One Response to “Pretty Palettes :: August Reveal”

  1. Tanya says:

    That is so amazing. I wasn’t able to make those beads work all together, but I knew you would and was dying to see what you did. The tassels are gorgeous and I love the double layer or teal and brown — so stunning. Thank you so much for letting me play with you this month. It was such fun!