|Visual presentation by Maria Rypan, 2012;|
"Beader's Palette" by Jan Huling
|"Beader's Paint Box" presentation for Creativ Festival Spring 2013|
INDO Bracelet, Lariat & Earrings, Rypan Designs
How do you get your beadwork to pop? Maria's presentations share a little bit of colour theory with lots of examples to show how to place bead colours, finishes and metallics against each other. The visuals make it possible to examine many variation and then apply what was learned in your beading.
Color is a phenomenon of light or a visual perception that enable one to differentiate otherwise identical objects. It is described in terms of hue, lightness and saturation for objects; hue, brightness and saturation for light sources. Hue can be contrasted with black or white. (Miriam-Webster Dictionairy)
The relationships are best understood with color wheeels, a concept invented by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666. These wheels from Color Matters show the basic concept.
|Complementary. These beaded boxes use the very same hues, but vary in their color placement within the same design.|
"Anemone Box Series" beaded by Jo-Ann Woolverton; inspired by Julia Pretl
|Complementary. Using a bit of the opposite color on the wheel gives your beadwork zing.|
"Wisteria" Textured Net, Rypan Designs
|Analogous. Use colors next to each other on the wheel. These warm colors seem to advance.|
"Coca Cola Bottle Caps" necklace and bracelet by Maria for friend Dolores
|Monochromatic. Try tints and shades of the one color to make it interesting. These cool colors seem to recede.|
Dangle Earrings using Swarovski ELEMENTS®, Rypan Designs
|Rainbow® Color Selector is a 5" wide tool which also comes in a Tonal Color version. |
It's available from Fire Mountain Gems.
|This ultimate color wheel was designed as a fundraiser by Ewelina Rzad. 50 beaders from Poland participated. Soutache and seed bead wrapped cabochons are tastefully layered into a collar. Each cabochon is a mini work of art. Light tinted red and purple hues create the 'V' which turns to cool colors on the right and morphs into warm colors on the left. |
"Tęczak - The Rainbow". CLICK to see how cabs were wrapped in soutache by the bead artists
|Margie Deeb's bible for beaders|
Playing with color is fun!