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Pretty Palettes January Reveal

Pretty Palettes January Reveal
It is time for the 'Pretty Palettes" January 2016 reveal!  Erin Prais-Hintzhas picked contemporary Russian photographer named Alexey Kljatov. (These are his images that you see here) as our inspiration for the December blog hop.

Erin states that "his insightful blog details the process by which he captures these fascinating ethereal macro images. He often shoots on a dark black sweater (which explains the hair-like bits in the dark photos), but I found it particularly fascinating how he achieves the look of the colored images with the snowflakes seemingly floating in space. (You’ll never believe what a plate of glass, a flashlight with a plastic bag to diffuse the light, and allowing the color to creep in from the print on the bags can do. Fascinating!) I would highly recommend a look at his work (and it is for sale as well in many printed items.)"

I found these photos absolutely incredible.  These little hidden motifs in natur…

Pretty Palettes - December Reveal

Pretty Palettes December Reveal It is time for the 'Pretty Palettes" November 2015 reveal!  Erin Prais-Hintzhas picked "Nordic Knitwear" as our inspiration for the December blog hop.

The image above are examples of Nordic knit mittens that Erin found on the
I started out with the color combo and pattern from Caroline Munro.  I used this photo for inspiration and choose a slightly different color palette.
 My choice of bead palette colors are more aqua and gold.

Bead Gallery® Hematite stone aqua luster 2mm
Bead Gallery® turquoise glass rondelle 3x4mm
Bead Gallery® glass round copper iris 4mm
Bead Gallery® aqua 9.5x10mm table cut glass

My design is titled "Nordic Necklace" - This is an advanced design.  Please click here for your free DIY Instructions

I hope you enjoyed my design for the December "Pretty Palettes".

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Pretty Palettes November Reveal

It is time for the 'Pretty Palettes" November 2015 reveal!  Erin Prais-Hintzhas picked a painting by Henri-Edmond Cross.

Impressionist painter Henri-Edmond Cross frequently created landscapes, often with beach-bathing nudes or more mundane scenery of farmers laboring in their fields, it was this painting that really caught Erin's eye. At first it appears to be just a simplistic color gradation. But upon further inspection, you can see the mountains of the isles in the distance, and notice the shimmering golden waves. So our Pretty Palette for November should take us away on a vacation of mind, body and spirit, filled with the ocean tones of sand, surf and sky.

This painting is called Îles d’Orand really captures the beauty of this seaside landscape. I hope you will escape along with us!

 My Bead Gallery® Palette

10393263 purple glass 6/0 seed beads 10464240 synthetic lapis stone beads 6mm 10265206 blue dyed quartzite chips 10322661 stone aqua faceted round 6mm 10265198 or…

Pretty Palettes - October Reveal

It is time for the 'Pretty Palettes" October 2015 reveal!  Erin Prais-Hintzhas picked the perfect Autumn color palette from Design Seeds.

My bead palette is a fun mix of the colorful photo above.

--> Bead Gallery® silver plated leaf pendant (Not Pictured) Bead Gallery® mixed dyed quartzite 8mm stone purple Bead Gallery® imperial jasper dyed round 12mm purple 1Bead Gallery® amber glass cloudy round 8mm Bead Gallery® glass red opaque round 8mm Bead Gallery® carnelian 11x9mm nugget dyed Bead Gallery® silver plated antiqued 10x16mm leaf Bead Gallery® 30” silver plated round link chain

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Pretty Palettes - September Reveal

It is time for the 'Pretty Palettes" September 2015 reveal!    Erin Prais-Hintzhas picked the  Lotus Lantern Festival as our inspiration for this month.  She reports that "The Lotus Lantern Festival, Yeon Deung Hoe (연등회), or the “Feast of Lanterns,” is celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month (late April or early May of the Roman calendar), hundreds of thousands of candlelit paper lanterns are raised throughout the country to commemorate the Buddha’s birthday. The party lasts for about 2 weeks culminating in a street celebration featuring more than 100,000 brightly colored lanterns strung along Seoul’s streets, on both sides of the Hangang River, transforming the city into a glittering jewel." Here are the inspirational photos:

The Bead Gallery® beads I chose for this months "Pretty Palettes" are: 
Bead Gallery® white howlite large rounds Bead Gallery® large orange swirl beads Bead Gallery® yellow faceted rondelles Bead Gallery® shell peri…