As a parter in Artbeads.com's blogging program, I was lucky enough to help celebrate the season with the latest hot colors according to the Pantone's Color Report for Fall 2010 in the Colors of Fall challenge.
I love they way Pantone describes the colors...you can taste, touch, and smell them...not just see them.
Let me start with orange...okay, it's not really orange, it's Living Coral which is a "softer, more inviting orange with a hint of pink undertone." How about an "accent in Tangerine?" It's a "spirited color with an energizing effect." Love it!!! I started with a little pile of coral Swarovski pearls. I wasn't really sure about the sheen and finish on them when I first opened my package, but the matte shine and richness grew on me...uh, I guess I felt the spirit and the energizing effect.
I dug out some memory wire and went for overload! I often feel like I need Tim Gunn looking over my shoulder encouraging editing...but, this is one case where I threw him out the window and put on whatever I wanted. There are some green Swarovski pearls that add another texture and then some olivine Swarovski crystals. Oh, I threw in some purple, too, just 'cause I like it.
From there it was all art beads...all the time...coral-based lampwork rounds from Libelula Designs and perfectly colored lampwork disks from HMB Studios.
Since I started this time with the bracelet--usually the necklace comes first in my brain's processing--I kept my art bead groove on for the necklace.
In addition to the lampwork disks and rounds, I pulled out a little ceramic goodness that I picked up a few weeks ago at Art on the Avenue in the Del Ray section of Alexandria, Virginia. Curt, my sweetie husband, was the perfect art festival companion...he let me shop and browse and shop some more as long as he got yummy festival snacks! haaaaaaaaa This gorgeous pendant is from Ceramic Sistah...it's signed on the back by Olivia with an '03 date. She said it was one of her first pendant pieces, so I felt like I found a little treasure in her bowl of pendants and shards.
Disclosure...As a parter in the Artbeads.com Designers program, I received the coral Swarovski pearls free of charge. I've been asked to review these products and give my honest opinion of the products...positive or negative. I am not being compensated by Artbeads.com for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received and reviewed.