Friday, 30 November 2012

Challenge of Colo(u)r Blog Hop

Greetings, colour lovers! Today is the day - Erin's annual Challenge of Colo(u)r Hop. {Yes, I am in the UK, hence the (u)!} Thanks so much to both Erin and Brandi (who put together and selected the colour palettes for us) for organising this wonderful event. I have taken part in all of Erin's challenges to date, I believe, but I believe that the colour challenges are my favourite. I am passionate about colour. I adore it, and I would say it is possibly my greatest inspiration, on a daily basis. 


Here is the other palette which I was sent. Seeing both of these together; if you are a frequenter of my blog, you might have suspected that I would leap for Bolivian Deforestation. Indeed, it is the one which appeals to me more. But somehow, I selected Lake Disappointment instead. A combination of wanting to push myself out of my comfort zone, and also knowing that I had the perfect burnt umber and tawny brown beads in my new shop {The Curious Bead Shop, if you are in fact curious! And I ship worldwide ;-)}, along with the sweetest birdie from my friend Bo. Along with some elements from Lesley, and some 7ply waxed linen cord, also from TCBS (which I am loving working with by the way, it's just that bit more substantial than the usual 4ply, which you may be able to tell from the knots in this piece, but maintains that lovely fluid quality which I adore about linen cord),  I came up with this bracelet. 

Now, I know this design is one you've seen before from me, but (confession time) I only completed this bracelet this morning! And I have been experimenting more and more with my Gardenia bracelets recently - playing with colour in fact - and it seemed fitting that this unusual {to me} colour palette be used as part of my colour experiments. Available in my jewellery shop now





Erin Prais-Hintz} Our gracious
Brandi Hussey } hosts!
  Rebecca Anderson <-------- nbsp="nbsp">

57 comments:

Lottie said...

This is so beautiful it takes my breath away. I wish Father Christmas had a bit more money in his wallet so that I could find it under the tree on Christmas day.

Your jewellery never ceases to amaze me - the work that goes into every individual piece - have you ever added up the hours you spend on each creation

Patti Van said...

This is gorgeous! What a beautiful color palette! You are right - you had the perfect beads! I especially love the little birdie and Lesley's component! Beautiful!

Shelley Graham Turner said...

I love it. The colors, the textures it ALL beautiful!

stregajewellry said...

Wow! I love this pallette! AND I love that bracelet! And yes, now I AM curious about your shop! Lake Disappointment is not a disappointment at all! Beautiful!

Sherri Stokey said...

So beautiful. I ado(u)re it:) LOL

Courtney said...

First,I have to say I LOVE YOUR WORK! You had beautiful palettes to work with. You nailed it with your bracelet! I love the colors and flow. I also went with the palette where I had the perfect beads, makes it much easier! :)

maryharding said...

Wonderful colors in your beads. I always marvel at how you put together a bracelet. This one is no exception. I loved being drawn in by those deep tawny browns and rusty dark reds. Great choices!!

Lesley said...

Well you know I'm a sucker for those earthy tones so what's not to love. The blue adds a lovely pop too. I used your 7plyu in my piece to an it does handle really well.

Marcie Abney Carroll said...

I had to laugh when I saw the "u" in color!! Great pieces and I love the added details that you put into each piece!

AntiquityTravelers said...

Really gorgeous! I love those earthy yellows with the striking blue, then followed by those subtle red stripe beads ... beautiful!

Lola said...

Your bracelet is amazing! It's clear you love color ... you have a way of making them play together so nicely! =)

Cece Cormier said...

Sweet bracelet with loads of different shapes.

maxandlucie said...

Stunning! Love the pops of color with the red, beige, and cobalt!

Tanya said...

That is beautiful! I love the pop of blue from the little bird with the yellow and tan colors.

re-maker said...

It's beautiful and whimsical!

freshbakeddesigns said...

Love this blog hop! True eye candy. And your bracelet of deep red, blue and golds is just beautiful.

freshbakeddesigns said...

Love this blog hop! True eye candy. And your bracelet of deep red, blue and golds is just beautiful.

Michelle Tucker said...

Perfect pop of blue! This is beautiful.

SmittenBeads said...

When I saw this on FB I wasn't aware of the blog post so I had no idea that it was based on a colour palette challenge. I love it even more now I've seen the inspiration behind the piece. Nice job RA!

The Crazier Sister said...

Well, the Lake may be named "Disappointment" but your bracelet is in no way disappointing! I love how your colours so closely mirror your chosen pallet. Lovely job, indeed!

Brandi Hussey said...

Oh, Rebecca, this is gorgeous!

I commend you for pushing your own boundaries and stretching with your palette choice. I think it was an excellent one, as that blue you picked up on is SO eye catching! And that bird is adorable.

I especially love the copper headpins - they add such a nice dash of color, too! Thanks for playing along, fellow color lover!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Oh sweet Rebecca, you always create the most exquisite pieces. Whenever I pop over to your blog or your FB I know I'm in for a visual feast. I love this bracelet, love! Your gardenia bracelets are just so beautiful in all their forms and I love to see what's coming next always. ((HUGS)) Thank you for sharing, sweet friend <3

Cynthia said...

Love your bracelet!! I do not make bracelets much, because I find them difficult (mental block?), but yours is really stunning! Well done!

chicandfrog said...

The flower beads are so nice! Love them!

Ambra

Becky Pancake said...

Great job. The little blue bird is sweet.

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

Beautiful!

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

For just completing that this morning, I bow down to you and your awesome creative skills! :)

I'm pretty much in love with this piece; It's so different with it's asymmetrical look and adorable little blue birdie!

You did a wonderful job with your palette :)

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

Wow, love the lake disappointment palette. You really did it justice with your design, the colour pop of blue is stunning.
Deb x

strandedinthecity said...

Gorgeous! I am tempted to use those palettes and make something else!

Klassy Joolz said...

Loving that sweet little bird. So pretty!

CraftyHope said...

I love that you added the U to color as well as stayed true to YOUrself in designing this piece. While the colors are not particularly your typical cup of tea, they really do work so well together and exemplify the inspiration palette. It works, it works so fabulously!

Jess Green said...

So pretty! I always love the little dangle clusters you do :)

Bobbie said...

How lovely to see you take this kind of color combination and turn it into one of your luscious bracelets! If I had a vote in it, I'd say you ought to put burnt umbers and browns into your repertoire more often, because you do rock them!

Donetta said...

Gosh, it's just so beautiful! I love the colors, the design...every single thing about this bracelet "sings" to me!

TesoriTrovati said...

I love the way you Brits put that extra 'u' in colo(u)r... must be because you are so (u)nique! ;-)

I am totally blown away that you didn't choose the second palette. But let's face it...this IS a challenge after all! I am so glad you used this challenge to test your color limits. I think you are soaring. And I am so very excited for you to have this online bead shop. Will you ship to the US? Or is it only for your European friends? Thank you for being a part of my Challenges and for taking it to a new level! Enjoy the day. Erin

Cherrie Fick of En La Lumie're said...

Love this piece. I have many of these beads and have used in them in different designs. Thanks for the tip on the 7 waxed linen Sometimes I find the 4 ply doesn't hold up. I love the cluster of flowers. Thanks Cherrie

Kashmira said...

Lovely! Your work is really impeccable...something I can only dream of doing sometime! The colors are gorgeous, and am glad you decided to go against what you would instinctively pick. This is amazing!

I was curious about the name of this lake, and here's what I found:

Surrounded by sand dunes, Lake Disappointment is an ephemeral salt lake in one of the most remote areas of Western Australia. An early explorer supposedly named the lake in 1897 after following a number of creeks that he thought would lead to a large lake; they did, but the lake’s extremely salty water was not drinkable.

lynsey said...

Rebecca I love your piece, it matches the Pallet perfectly, Your pallets are stunning. love that bottom one!!

Karla Hartzog said...

Gorgeous work and a beautiful palette! On my monitor, it looks like yellow, blue and deep burnt orange, a color combination I love! The flower and bird beads are precious!

JLYNNJEWELS said...

Love the feel to this bracelet - fantastic design :) - the cluster of flowers and bird, along with the tiny little dangle make it extra special!
JLynn

Caron Michelle said...

Absolutely divine - I love the little bird, so sweet!

A Polymer Penchant said...

beautiful! Always such beautiful work

Lori Anderson said...

Love it, and the vibrant lapis blue of the bird is PERFECT!

Nicole Rennell said...

Great bracelet, and an amazing job matching your palette!

Sally Russick said...

Beautifully done Rebecca! Love the little cluster of flowers! You matched the palette beautifully!

Kristen said...

I like how you worked out of your norm for this and those colors are so amazing! Very nice work!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

You had two gorgeous color palettes to work with that is for sure - love, love, love the bracelet! Love the colors you have in those beads (love the cluster of flowers), and love the metal and the little bird! Pefect!!!

Karen Mitchell said...

Gorgeous colours (we Aussies spell it this way too). I think I'm a little in love with the blue of the bird bead.

Therese's Treasures said...

Beautiful bracelet Rebecca, you pulled everything together beautifully using the colors of your palette. That is a very sweet blue bird. I like how you perched it above the bunch of posies.
Therese

Alicia said...

Absolutely gorgeous - love how you matched the colours (Canadian here, and I grew up in Europe, so definitely a {u} in there too!) and the organic feel of the bracelet. Beautiful!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Love the richness of the beads you use in your lovely bracelet.

EmandaJ said...

Beautiful and whimsical! Love your work and the palette was gorgeous.

Renetha said...

I love this bracelet because it reminiscent of my favorite vintage jewelry designer Miriam Haskell. I definitely would want this for my collection.

beadrecipes said...

Beautiful bracelet which really pulls the colours from the palette. I love the contrast of the deep blue with the reds and yellows.

KayzKreationz said...

I really love this bracelet. You really pulled the colors together and the little birdie in it is so cute. Nice job.

Alice said...

A gorgeous piece! I'm so glad you chose the palette you did. You nailed the colors, and the beads you used are just perfect. Love the darling bird!

windbent said...

I'm not sure you need another comment telling you what a great job you did on this piece, but in case you're not sure, here's it is. Will you believe us now?

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