Well then. Do you ever get stuck for an idea, even though you’re surrounded by colorful beads? It’s like the saying, “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.”
Sometimes I get tired of looking through my color inspiration books, full of photos of flowers and fabric patterns and the like. Sometimes I really do just want to be surrounded by colorful beads, even though it’s the beads that are eluding my creativity. This is when I take a random trip through Etsy.
My favorite trick is to type in a search term (being careful to also type in “NOT jewelry” so I only get beads) and then randomly choose a page. Sometimes I’ll start on page 50. Sometimes I’ll sort prices high to low. You never know what you’ll find that will cause that spark of creativity to turn into a blazing inferno of beading frenzy.
For instance, check out this ultra-cute peace bead by Cocobeads:
Or how about these gorgeous polymer clay beads by Stories They Tell? I imagine pulling out fiber and making something wildly three-dimensional with beads as exotic as these. Strips of kimono fabric, sari cloth, silk ribbon — the possibilities are endless.
So what do you think? If a bead show doesn’t happen to be in town the day your creativity plays hooky, take a visit to my personal favorite online store for handmade art beads — Etsy.com. I guarantee you’ll get lost in all the colors and designs and possibilities. And your creativity just might not be able to resist coming back to play.