Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Color Inspiration - Collection of Glasses

 My Aunt has given me a lovely collection of handblown glasses over the years. This assortment is at our beach house and was the inspiration for a yummy color palette full of cool blues and purples, but with a hint of olive for pizzaz.

Seed Bead Soup Collection

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Color Inspiration - Chartreuse Euphorbia

  Grass is Always Greener Seed Bead Soup Collection

Fresh spring greens of the Euphorbia pop with the brick red and blush background. I love the little accent of brighter red in the center of each tiny flower. Would be lovely with an eggplant purple accent to complete the triad!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012



I know they are weeds...
But the flowers make me happy

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New ColorQueens website!

ColorQueens website is now up and running!

  • Download 'Ask the ColorQueens' journals
  • Browse through a list of Beverly and Margie's favorite color tools and resources
  • More colorful inspiration to come!

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Bag of Color!

Bag of Color #13 includes large handfuls of gems and tubes of seed beads that can be used separately or mixed together to make a Wander with Color necklace, a Cornucopia of Gems neckpiece (full Cornucopia kit included) as well as some earrings or a bracelet to match!

My Inspiration:

Lilacs are blooming everywhere in my garden, their heady scent spilling into neighboring gardens and along a path at the side of our property.

For my latest Bag of Color I drew inspiration from one of my new lilac bushes (1 of 8 varieties I bought at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland, WA on my way home from a Portland Bead Society meeting last year) called 'President Grevy'. It's blossoms start out violet and turn a lovely blue-violet as they open. This photo was taken when some of the older blossoms had started to fade, their edges tinged with copper.

How can I resist falling back on the yummy combo of purples and greens? My new Bag of Color stirs in some blue-violet with a dash of copper for a stunning palette that jazzes up an already lovely mix!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

ColorQueens Spring Journal 2012 - last free issue!

Margie Deeb and I have published the Spring 2012 Ask the ColorQueens Journal (downloadable PDF) based on your questions and some color inspiration we just couldn't wait to share with you!

And we have a special surprise for you this time:
A color-centric interview with colorist extraordinaire, Jamie Cloud Eakin. Read how Jamie approaches harmonizing hues with gemstones to create her stunning palettes. 
This 15-page issue is full of colorful discussions, diagrams and photos that will inspire you in your own work. You'll learn different approaches to combining color as well as special techniques that will help you work through challenging color predicaments.
This issue is our last free issue (the Fall 2012 issue will be a $1.99 download).
Ask the ColorQueens Journal is not exclusive to beading and jewelry. Together, Margie and I have extensive backgrounds in painting, photography, textiles, graphic and jewelry design, so it covers color questions of all kinds.

Join us in our color extravaganza... and please forward this to everyone you know who loves color!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dried Bouquet

Dried bouquet layered with rain streaked window creates a Raku effect

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy May Day!