Color and Scale
My thumbnail sketches included a necklace and bracelet version using pretty flowers I recently developed. Once the favorite sketch is selected (in this example, the necklace), enlarge it. In this example, I made four quarter-size and one the proper life-size scale to better visualize how large each component should be and how the design will fit with proper proportions. Sometimes I even cut out the large sketch to try on, as a way to test the sizing. (This would be especially important for a bracelet.) I do not always need enlargements but it is very helpful in sizing and coloring.
Next, color is added to the sketch. Again, this assists in the visualization process, and I can lay out my chosen beads from these color tests. I recommend choosing a limited color palette for your initial time using this process. In this example, four color swatches were created using watercolor and the “spring” option was selected. Armed with proper color and scale, I begin creating each component using my maneuvering process…and the enlarged thumbnail.
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