Per annual tradition, the January inspiration for the We're All Ears challenge is based on Pantone's Color of the Year... this year they have chosen "Greenery." This is the first time I've actually like the color of the year since they picked "Tangerine Tango" in 2012! I'm actually pretty pleased with the whole Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017. Bright greens and turquoise tones are among my favorites to design with, so this month's challenge is right in my wheel house!
This is just a small sample of my "greenery" colored beads and charms... I had a ton to choose from! I really like my bright greens. I didn't end up using everything in this picture, but I did pretty well!
First up, two pairs that stick to shades of green. The one on the left may be the least true to Pantone's pick, but I was happy for the excuse to work with some recycled glass teardrops that I bought a while back. It's hard to tell from my photo, but the matte finished glass round has a nice iridescent shine that works well with the rhinestone rondelles. The pair on the right was actually the last pair I created for this challenge. I thought I was done with four pairs, but then I took a closer look at what was still on my bead board and whipped these right up! I love the leaf charms by Humblebeads... they have a translucent iridescence that is truly yummy in person.
As much as my brain often craves symmetry and monochromatic color palettes, I wanted to bring in some other pops of color into the challenge! I pulled in some accent colors from the Spring Fashion Color Report for the rest of my creations. There's a little Primrose Yellow in the ceramic rounds by Golem Design Studio but I otherwise stuck to shades of green including the tiny seed beads along the arched ear wires. Next up, I chose some (almost) Pink Yarrow hues in dyed howlite to accent the lovely green charms from Marsha Neal Studio. There's also some Czech glass and dyed, faceted agate rounds. Last, but not least, a pair of Humblebeads disks already had touches of Island Paradise that cried out for me to add more! I added in some rondelles on top and some tiny seed beads into my bottom set of wire wraps above the glass leaves.
Stop by the Earrings Everyday blog HERE to see what everyone else was inspired to make with "Greenery!"