Freshen Your Beadwork with the Color Green

May 5, 2010


Add green to your seed bead palette
I’ve been watching the tundra I live on come to life these past few weeks. The leaves are budding, the grass is verdant, and everything around me feels lush and wonderful. After so many months of autumnal brown followed by so many months of winter white . . . all of this life-giving, abundant green is rejuvenating! 

Being outside this spring, surrounded by all that green, made me start thinking about the color itself. As humans, we naturally associate the color green with life. From algae floating on a mill pond to rolling plains of grasses to mammoth stands of mountain spruce, green is the chlorophyllic element that helps keep the world going.

The personality of green
When it comes to jewelry design, however, green might not always be your go-to color for one reason or another. I happen to adore the color green and use it often in my designs. So, for those of you who stumble around green, I thought I’d dig through my seed beads and do some color studies to show how green can be used to add a little life to a piece:

Lime and kelly green are great paired with red, yellow, and orange. It’s a lively combination that makes me want to dance a little salsa.

Forest green is a great complement to berry and bronze. The green helps the berry glow so that it can stand up to the metallic bronze. This palette evokes changing fall leaves, ripe apples, and rich plaids.

Metallic mint green gives this sea of blues an oceanic, tranquil quality. Go more gray-green to make a stormy sea or go more blue-green for a calm one.
See how that little pop of spring green helps set off the pink, keeping the palette from looking too primary? Balancing the colors correctly is what would be important for an India-inspired palette like this. 

Do you love green?
Don't miss a single verdant project when you subscribe to Beadwork. Check out some of the greenery from the April/May issue:

Clockwise from upper left: Wildflower Earrings by Melanie Potter, Stitch Pro lesson by Jean Campbell, Calypso Fans Bracelet by Kathie Rutledge, and Enchanted Necklace by Venetia Perry.

What are your favorite green color combinations? Share with everyone on Beading Daily.

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Andy27 wrote
on May 5, 2010 3:19 PM

When I started out I bought heaps of Teal greens and light blues thinking that was what I liked most of all.  It turns out I LOVE Citrine and Amber combinations when I went to make a necklace for my best friend who has green and amber eyes.  WOW it looks sensational on her, gotta love green.  

Has anyone else started out with one colour but now prefers another?

on May 7, 2010 9:17 AM

Beautiful!! I use often all these colours...

Carrie Hicks wrote
on May 8, 2010 5:24 PM

Ocean and berry & green autumnal are favorites.  A touch of complimental green in a group of blues gives special depth and intensity. Thanks for opening our eyes to the beauty of a touch of green.

Brettney wrote
on May 18, 2010 6:35 AM

I love green. Its my favorite color and I use it a lot throughout my work. Check out my  pieces here -