Pretty Palettes :: March 2017 Reveal

Welcome to the March 2017 Reveal!

We’ve made it through the dark and cold winter months. It’s time for flowers, sunshine, and rainbows, right? Spring is here!

This month’s inspiration photo is straight out of the spring garden. Who doesn’t love tulips?

March 2017 Pretty Palette Inspiration image

Spring is a great season for new beginnings. Just start where you are and share your beauty and creativity with the world!

 

March 2017 Pretty Palette

You can make your own custom palette using an inspiration photo at coolors.com.

Gardens and nature are my favorite sources of inspiration. They are always changing, and Mother Nature has her own perfect sense of balance and design. From a structured and formal garden like this one at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia to the rugged cloud draped mountain of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, nature is always inspiring. I find that whenever I’m feeling stuck in the studio, a walk outside helps quite a bit.

Palace Garden

The Palace Garden in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Greenbrier River

The Greenbrier River in the Monongahela National Forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March’s Pretty Palette Beads

This month’s beads are made up of many materials and textures. We have ceramic, wooden, and glass beads, as well as some semi-precious stone. I challenged myself to use at least one bead from every beautiful strand, and keep to these beads as much as possible. In the end, I used a few gold spacer beads as accents. So, I was able to keep to my own rules! Huzzah!

March 2017 Pretty Palette Bead Gallery beads

The March 2017 Pretty Palette bead strands available at Michaels Stores in the Bead Gallery aisle.

 

Pretty Palettes Bead Gallery beads for March 2017:

  • green jasper stone chips
  • large wooden rondelles
  • round wooden mix
  • orange glass mix
  • large orange ceramic rounds
  • red dyed quartzite rounds
  • orange swirl Czech glass lentils
  • 6mm round orange dyed jade

My version of Tulip Time uses multiple strands of smaller beads to balance the visual weight of the larger beads. Click the image for complete step-by-step instructions and a materials list!

Tulip Time Necklace

Click the image for complete instructions to make a Tulip Time necklace of your own!

Tulip Time Close Up

It’s the little things that make beading so much fun. I love the surface of these melon-colored beauties.

Now’s the fun part. Add images and links to your own projects that you’ve made inspired by this month’s Pretty Palette by clicking the link below. Travel to the other Pretty Palette participants’ blogs by clicking their links, too.

Let’s celebrate our creativity together!

Thank you for visiting and playing along!

 

 



Molly Schaller

About Molly Schaller

Molly Schaller loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family of creative kids and her handy husband. She's always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!

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10 Responses to “Pretty Palettes :: March 2017 Reveal”

  1. A really fresh palette for spring! I like all the distinct shapes as well. Beautifully done by all! Enjoy the day! Erin

    • Molly Schaller Molly Schaller says:

      Thank you, Erin! I’ve wanted to use a few of these beads for a while, and this gave me a great opportunity to do that and also see how others did it! Those large orange rounds have been chasing after me yelling “Pick me! Pick me!” for a while now. :)

  2. I love the necklace you created Molly. It’s a perfectly balanced design that shows how wearable those large beads can be in the right mix. I love how you used the entire palette in your piece!

    • Molly Schaller Molly Schaller says:

      Hi, Heather! Thank you so much! It was a personal challenge of mine to “USE ALL THE BEADS!” ;)

      I almost didn’t make it, but that little extender chain saved the day. I love the pieces you made, as well! I can’t wait to see what else shows up today in the blog hop list!

  3. Beautiful necklace! I’m impressed that you were able to incorporate all of the beads… Your design is lovely and balanced, and so very Spring! Thanks so much for letting me play along! :)

    • Molly Schaller Molly Schaller says:

      Thanks so much, Jenny! It was such a fun one to make. It all started with alternating the wooden disk beads and the large orange rounds. I built around these with the rest of the beads and it all came together nicely! Thank you for playing along with me!

  4. Cynthia says:

    I love these colors together! and I never think to mix orange and green, but it goes so well together. Fun necklace you can wear everyday!!

    • Molly Schaller Molly Schaller says:

      Cynthia, thank you so much! I think orange and green mixing is so pretty when it works but can be finicky, you know what I mean? The tones have to correspond. Both of these are pretty warm, so they work. It makes the necklace casual, even though it’s quite a statement, I think!

  5. Thanks for hosting! I loved your design, it is very earthy and springy! Can’t wait to see next month’s palette.

    • Molly Schaller Molly Schaller says:

      Only one more day until the next palette pops up, Alison! Here’s a hint: the next palette is springy but in a totally different way. Until tomorrow, happy beading!