Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

Pool Party Summer—the 4th Annual Challenge of Colour


Erin Prais-Hintz always runs the coolest challenges, guaranteed to stretch us all as jewellery designers. And this year’s Challenge of Color, the fourth she has held, is no exception. Last year, Erin and her colour guru friend Brandi Hussey provided participants with colour palettes drawn from satellite images of Earth, but this year, we were sent to the fabulous website COLOURlovers to find, or create, our own.

COLOURlovers is a website that lets you create and name colours, palettes and even patterns made using the cool colour palettes you create. With thousands of users, inspiration is a click away.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Challenge without a challenge, right? Erin’s extra twist involved using the names of the colours to create a poem of sorts, using the names of each colour in a game called wordlinks.

From the wordlink instructions…

“with wordlink palettes you start with a two-word (or more) colour name. the next colour name has to start with the last word of the colour before it. each colour continues this way to the end. try to make the last word of the last colour the first word of the first colour. this is really hard, though.”

Sounds like fun, but it’s harder than you’d think! I created two palettes using the Wordlinks game. My first one is called Shimmer Song:

As the sky shimmers
Shimmer of magic
Magic of starlight
Starlight song
Song of the sky

As this was a muted colour palette, I thought I would make another in brighter colours. This one is called Pool Party Summer: (2)

Summer at the pool
Pool party
Party people
People laughing
Summer of laughs.

I even used the second palette to make a pattern, Summer in the Pool, in keeping with its theme:

Pool Party Summer was the palette I eventually went with, using some wonderfully aquatic lampwork beads made by Vivian Houser at Dragyn’s Fyre Designs (these were some of the first artisan-made lampwork beads I ever bought), knotted onto deep plum waxed linen, along with a large amazonite nugget, dyed fire agate and Czech glass, a pewter mermaid connector from Green Girl Studios and antiqued silver-plated chain and clasp, to make a necklace. It’s a rare foray for me into an asymmetrical design. The matching earrings feature the lampwork beads and a few seed beads knotted onto lavender waxed linen.


Thanks again for another stimulating challenge Miss Erin, it’s always fun! And make sure you visit the other participants in the blog hop (as InLinkz doesn’t work very well on WordPress-hosted websites, you’ll need to visit Erin’s blog to see the full list of participants).

15 thoughts on “Pool Party Summer—the 4th Annual Challenge of Colour”

  1. What a festive palette! I do love the “feel” of the colors together. Images immediately came popping into my head of small boys and baby girls in my daughter’s pool this summer. I could almost hear their squeals and laughs. Well done.

  2. Super fun! I am always so honored when people come back to participate in my challenges. It humbles me how you view them and that makes me want to keep doing it! I love the first palette you created. Love it! What a beautiful wordlink as well! Very poetic. And the second is just so bright and fun. You cannot help but be happy with that palette around! Thank you so much for playing along with me in the 4th Annual Challenge of Color! Enjoy the day. Erin

  3. Both of those palettes are beautiful and I love the pattern you created with the 2nd one. It looks so bright and fun! Your necklace, though, is stunning. It will be a treat to wear.

  4. Lovely palettes — and I like how well the name of the colours fit together into little poems or stories. The necklace is just lovely! Colourful without being too much and with colours that are vivid but still balanced and calmed down due to the cool colours.

  5. This is a fabulously fun palette and the design certainly reflects that – love the colour tonings, bright and beautiful. Absolutely love this!

  6. Love your pieces! The beads are gorgeous, and I love how they look with all the other pops of color. And just the right touch of yellow. I love the simplicity of the design. Gorgeous!

  7. Love the “Shimmer Song”! The colors are right up my alley. Your necklace is so much fun. Love the different sections put together and awesome fun colors.

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