This bracelet is done in size 11 Japanese seedbeads in brick stitch
. It's really super simple.
The individual motifs are beaded, then connected on the last row, I started with the center motif, then when I made the second on, I wove the ends together to connect them. I do recommend Japanese beads because a lot of thread passes will be necessary to connect the motifs.
It's inspired by tattoo art
, specifically bold tribal style tattoos. You need two bead colors to make one, if you used a shade close to your skin color and matte black it could be like a temporary tattoo! Another color combination I think would look very striking is to use one color where the "white" in the design is, then to use shaded beads where the black is, plan out a rainbow or just a light color shading to a darker tone of the same color.
Now, on to planning the bracelet.
This is your graph paper. Right click to save it to your harddrive, and pull out your colored pencils, or just a single pencil if that's what you prefer.
Since each of the motifs is beaded individually, there are a lot of combinations you can do. I graphed out these designs to get you started. They are individual graphics so you'll have to right click and save them individually if you want to save them.
The end designs-
The motifs can be flipped or mirrored, and here's a blank motif to design yourself.
for some patterns for full bracelets.