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Learn about Color Balance and Proportions from Margie Deeb

Jul 2, 2010
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MonicaS@32 wrote
on Jul 12, 2010 1:24 PM

The colors were hard to see especially the very last one. The problem with this "TiP" is I can mix and work out colors with flat surfaces, fabrics/paper, its is beads in their sheer complexity and multiple forms that are hard.  Her message was strong and is a tool  I will use but for shine, light etc it will have to be trial and error.

MarleneF@7 wrote
on Jul 28, 2010 11:25 AM

Margie always inspires me to  try other  combinations outside my normal comfort zone. She is one of the great educators.


Many thanks , Margie

prisheela wrote
on Aug 9, 2010 10:25 AM

Excellent tutorial!!!   I will use this helpful advise!

Isabella59 wrote
on Aug 17, 2010 9:34 AM

Hey, that's a good one. I'm a beginner to beading and it will certainly be of help for the current project.

Thanks, Margie

@MonicaS: You are right. When you have all those shiny, glittery beads in fron of you, it's another story. But Margie's video is about what works basically. Not to forget that the color of the thread brightens or dampens the colors with transparent beads (Swarowskis for example).



Nijen wrote
on Aug 28, 2010 6:44 PM

Margie always inspires me to look at my work differently.  Oh, I KNOW she was limited to 8 minutes on this because Margie could teach for 3 months on color and never repeat herself...she is so committed to studying and presenting color theory, elements, style, etc.   I have taken a class with her with a good portion discussing the sheen, matte finish, AB finish, etc. and how to observe and apply all of the proportions....and to the color wheel....and to the design's direction.   Always a fun class that impacts my work tremendously.   I was suprised how much fun it was to "play" with the color sheets like she is showing in this video. It helps you big picture your project.    When travelling to a beach after this class, I was on a hike way above the ocean and was inspired by the colors for making a focal bead and bracelet (I'm a glass lampworker too).  But this time, I drew little bar graphs of the colors I was seeing with my colored pencils, and had several proportions drawn out. Then I sketched/designed a few beads.  It was fun, and I know I came up with new directions I wouldn't have pursued otherwise.   Keep us going Margie!


Margie Deeb wrote
on Aug 30, 2010 7:18 PM

Hi Monica and others,

There's just not enough time in less than 8 minutes to talk about bead finishes in this lesson on proportion.. I wish there were!

I do offer an online class all about bead finishes and textures, and how to understand how light and surface interact to transmit color from glass beads:

Seed Bead Finishes and Color:


author of "The Beader's Color Palette" and "The Beader's Guide to Color"


maryaj55 wrote
on Sep 27, 2010 12:57 PM

Great intro to color management for us beginning beaders