Bevy of Blues

bevy of blue Helen Backhouse 430x416 - Bevy of BluesIn my search for popular blues, this person’s work that you see here kept popping up, only it seemed to be attached to different people all the time. As it turns out, this is an artist that sticks with making amazing beads and elements that bead artisans can then assemble rather than creating a lot of finished work herself.

Helen Backhouse is her name and her beads and elements can be found scattered throughout Etsy and on various Facebook pages. Her pieces look to be impressed clay colored primarily with mica powders and, I’d guess, some kind of patina and weathered effect techniques, perhaps dyes or paints. Her blues are straight from the back yard, reflecting the brilliant blues found in a butterfly’s or bird’s wing as well as the dusty teals and blues leaning into greens that appear in natural metal patinas. The shapes are simple, the textures organic, and the coloring coolly dramatic. That makes for really eye-catching elements.

The best place to check out her pieces is on her Facebook page where the designers that use her pieces tag her in their photos alongside the stuff she does post.


Weekly Inspiration Challenge: Explore your favorite color. Spend just a couple of minutes writing down what you like about this color, what it reminds you of, and where you notice it most often. Look back at what you wrote and see what kind of work, forms, textures or other ideas these thoughts bring up and let those guide you in the creation of new pieces.


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Greens for Spring

The one thing I find missing in this year’s Pantone palette is a real green. There’s a pale blue-green they are calling Hemlock but when I think of Spring I think of naturally derived greens–fresh new grass, the first leaves on a tree, and sprouting plants pushing up through the earth. So I thought I’d look for something that added that back into this palette.

This necklace by Kseniya Dolgopolova includes a few shades like Pantone’s Hemlock as well as rich natural greens.



I would have questioned putting these colors because although somewhat analaguous, the hemlock is a pastel while leaf green is muted but with more saturation. However, with this limited palette, it does work decently and the difference adds some significant contrast to a green based palette.

Take a moment or two and wander through the charming imagination of Kseniya’s work in her Etsy shop.


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