Colour Theory Beading Project


I designed this exercise sheet as a means of introducing basic colour theory. It will walk you through a series of instructions that allow you to play with different colours and see how bead colours and finishes affect one another. I have put all my teaching and beading experience into creating this great tutorial for you. It took me a few hours to write up. I am very happy for you to benefit from it for free. However, if you would like to support my work, so I can bring you more great beading projects, you also have the choice to do that by making a voluntary donation. Thank you!


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Colour Theory Beading Project

I developed this colour theory beading project to teach in a class. The project looks at basic colour theory. I then set you a number of different challenges to help you see how colours work together.

This aims to address a big issue with colour theory in beading. The finishes on the beads can affect how colours play against one another. Colour theory is already fairly complex in terms of the way in which colours interact with one another. The shiny surface of beads and the different finishes (eg silver lined or Aurora Borealis), just add to this complexity.

What you will get from this tutorial

This colour theory beading project gives you a very practical way of getting to understand how beads play against one another. You will explore different finishes of bead in the same colour. You will also look at different shades and different colours. Some of the elements of the project allow you to plan, some force you to mix very random colours and see how they work together.

Even if you have been beading for years, it is a good idea to make yourself do some kind of colour theory exercise. This will stop you from getting into colour ruts. So, have some fun with this one – it certainly proved popular with my students!

My Philosophy

I believe that the basic beading techniques are the fundamentals to all beadwork and you should be able to learn them for free. These techniques are not copyrighted. So, I wanted to make sure that everyone has access to well-thought out materials for learning these building blocks. If you find my style of teaching and writing works for you, then I hope you will return to sample some of the patterns on this website. Or, if you live nearby, do please book for one of my classes. You can find an up-to-date list of my teaching schedule on the beading classes page.

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