Friday, March 4, 2011

Beading Book - 'The Beader's Guide to Color'

I recently borrowed and renewed twice on Margie Deeb's 'The Beader's Guide to Color' from the library. I thought it is an awesome book and would like to share with fellow beaders if you have not come across. Here's an excerpt from Amazon on the book description.

Product Description

Demonstrating how color can be used to create unique and vibrant beadwork designs, this guide will interest beaders at all skill levels. Color is discussed in depth, including the basics of the color wheel, the psychological and symbolic associations of all the colors of the spectrum, plus whites, blacks, grays, metallics, and neutrals. Other essentials covered include blending techniques, how a bead's surface finish affects its color, and how color can be used to create and accentuate pattern, rhythm, and movement within a beadwork design. The more than 20 projects-each of which represents a specific color scheme or palette-include a discussion of the palette, multiple color illustrations, a beadwork pattern, and a listing of the beads required to complete that design.

Margie Deeb has a second book on 'The Beader's Color Palette' and I hope to get a chance to read this book as well. Product description from Amazon.

Product Description

Capture the colors of the world with 220 distinctive palettes

* Priceless source of color inspiration

* Create 20 step-by-step projects

* Gallery of finished jewelry by the author and other artists

Confused by color? Don’t be. Get The Beader’s Color Palette, a priceless resource for beaders seeking inspiration for their jewelry designs. Author Margie Deeb presents 220 palettes inspired by five diverse themes, along with examples of finished jewelry and 20 step-by-step projects that interpret those themes. From the four elements (air, fire, water, and earth), to artists’ palettes (from ancient Egyptian through modern art), from world cultures (including Latin America, India and Tibet, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East) to environments (rainforests, the Southwest, the Mediterranean), to the natural world (marine life, birds, insects)--these palettes capture the essence of countless human experiences and dreams. Beginners will love the basics section on off-loom stitches, loom weaving, and stringing; more advanced beaders will be inspired to take on the wide world of beautiful color.

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