Pretty Palettes :: April Inspiration

Ahhh…. the wide open vistas and blue skies! It seems that the world in winter is buttoned up and closed off and once the snow melts and the greening begins that the whole world opens up.

When I was a kid, my mom asked me what color I wanted to paint my bedroom. I told her purple and green. She wrinkled her nose at that. And I got a blue room instead. Ugh. (It’s no wonder that I am just now coming back to liking the color blue!)

In my mind I saw a purple wall with a bedspread filled with lilacs and lavender paired with bright fresh green leaves against a background of crisp white. Now I might not have selected such a sophisticated color palette (below) as this when I was 10, but I do so love it now.

A sophisticated color palette of purple, teal and green inspired by lavender fields.

A sophisticated color palette of purple, teal and green inspired by lavender fields. From Design Seeds.

The green is a deeper more earthy hue. The purple and the teal match the intensity with a more subdued tone. Even the grey has a touch of lavender and the darker tone walks the line between khaki-grey-green. If these colors were at their purest they would be overpowering, but these shades work so well together. Nature is the greatest artist!

Sophisticated palette of purple, teal and green for April.

Sophisticated palette of purple, teal and green for April.

96345 – Silver plated floral spacers, 3x14mm
59350 – Purple glass AB 4mm round
80197 – Sapphire glass faceted cube 5mm
80343 – Silver glass luster oval 9x12mm
56841 – Peridot 8x11mm faceted oval

For the beads this month I was fortunate to find something that worked well for each color. That isn’t always the case! I selected a silver metal for the cool lavender grey and a mirrored dark silver for the khaki. The purple and teal were just locating complementary finishes and tones from the dozens of beads available. The green was actually the trickiest. I know that the Bead Gallery© line has a ton of beads in greens, but all of them were either too minty or too turquoise. Finding that right shade of sage proved a challenge, until I found these faceted barrel shaped beads. The color is deeper than the palette, but the intensity is right. They seem to glow from within with that brighter shade of green.

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My Pretty Palettes partner for April is: Kristen Stevens.

Miss Kristen is a whiz with seed beads and makes the most incredible designs. I am much a-feared of those little nightmares, so I truly admire the artistry with which they are wrangled. She seems to be able to make an endless variety of patterns with those teeny tiny beads in colors that complement the focals so well. I look forward to seeing how this palette will inspire her. In the meantime, please go and check her out!

Name:  Kristen Stevens
Company Name:  Beadwork by KAS
Blog address: http://lorelei1141.blogspot.com
Website: http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com/
Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadworkbyKAS

I am looking forward to taking a journey with you this month, transported to a field in the south of France filled with fragrance and color and light!

Come back on the reveal date of April 29th to see what we did. Join us!

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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3 Responses to “Pretty Palettes :: April Inspiration”

  1. Rachel says:

    My mom let me!(but it was pink and green)…Today the purple/green is my fave combo. Thanks for reminding me to plant my lavender seeds! That picture is stunning and I bet it’s in Europe…cheers!

  2. This is absolutely beautiful, and my heart and soul are longing for those lavender fields! I wish I could play along but I will watch what everyone else does from Scotland :-)

    • Molly Schaller Molly Schaller says:

      Rebecca,
      I would love for you to play along from across the pond! What fun! I know Michaels Stores aren’t available where you are, but feel free to use our color inspiration and make something with what you have available.
      Best wishes,
      Molly