"The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors which at every suceeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts." ~ James AllenWelcome to the 2nd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop!
The reason that I started this challenge was because I was stuck in a color rut. I thought it would be fun to jazz up my pieces with a dose of color on what would normally be a gray month around here in Wisconsin. So I invited some friends to play along. Last year over 40 people accepted my challenge. I never realized that so many others needed that color jolt as well!
So this year I decided to mix things up a bit. I found a wonderful color palette blog called Design Seeds. Jessica Colaluca is the brains behind that operation that takes a fresh look at color and supplies creatives like me with beautifully rendered palettes. Miss Jessica was kind enough to let us play along with her palettes as long as we linked back to her site. So I asked the participants to choose one color from a group of twelve. This could be a complete challenge to them, or something that they loved. Either way, I sent a totally unique palette to all 54 players in this colorful game. The only rule was that they had to use the main color that they chose. At the end of this post you will find a complete list of all the hoppers. I hope you will visit each one and of course, leave some feedback for them to let them know what you think of their interpretations!
Now it wouldn't be a challenge without me going a bit overboard. I threw down my own gauntlet to myself and declared that I would create one piece of jewelry for each of the twelve palettes. AND I would try to use an art bead in each. AND I would only use what I had available - no shopping.
And I did it.
I am exhausted but proud.
First we start off with one of our participants from afar, my friend Kirsi, all the way in Finland. Kirsi requested that I post her palette and creation on my blog, and I am happy to oblige.
|teal - dragon hues|
|wings of a dragon - by kirsi|
Kirsi chose the color teal. Kirsi is a color lover and loves to pair music with her jewelry designs. This is what she had to say about her necklace.
Hello. My name is Kirsi Luostarinen. I love colours! For this challenge I was inspired by the colour and I have always been fascinated by the dragons. I am a dragon, too. I was thinking about the Japanese new year celebration and "the walking dragons "there. The sound of music here is absolutely "Big in Japan" by Alphaville. It blows your mind with the necklace.
." The wings of a dragon" is made of coloured-patinated copper wire, feathers of pheasant, gemstones (mokaiitti in Finish) and artisan hollow lampbeads by Nadin Sandler.
Well done, Miss Kirsi! I am totally digging the feathers and the way you displayed the necklace!
On to my palettes! All twelve of them!
I will let the colors speak for themselves.........~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
|brown - chocolate chips|
|polymer clay bead - the lovely Miss Pam Wynn|
wood, ceramic, leather, copper
|purple - flora hues|
|cold press clay pendant - Israeli artist Alona - Rafya on Etsy|
amethyst, amazonite, peridot, gold filled and gold vermeil components
|green - caprese hues|
|ceramic pendant - the sweet Miss Mary Harding on Etsy|
mosaic green magnesite, carved bone, sponge coral, wood and nut beads
|blue - indigo hues|
|polymer clay 'simple truths' pendant - why, me, of course!|
silver plated connector, pearls, seed beads, silver plated spacers
|gray - color fuse|
|lampwork glass bead - the ever amazing Miss Kerry Bogert of KABs Concepts|
agate slice, vintage carved onyx, snowflake obsidian, gold plated spacers, steel wire
|red - red velvet hues|
|polymer clay message toggle - the oh-so-cute Miss Heather Wynn Millican of Swoondimples on Etsy|
dyed wood beads, glass cubes, pearls, amethyst, sterling silver flower
|lavender - dried tones|
|pewter button - talented D'Arsie Manzella of Mamacita Beadworks on Etsy|
etched and silvered lampwork round - my new glass crush from Luxemborg, Maryse Fritszch of Glass Bead Art on Etsy
ceramic round - the nicest person you will ever meet, Miss Melanie of Earthenwoods Studio on Etsy
dyed charoite and amethyst rounds, seed beads, silver plated spacers
|yellow - pear tints|
|polymer clay disk beads - from my best friend, Miss Heather Powers of Humblebeads on Etsy|
silvered ivory ring - created by the delightful Miss Cindy Gimbrone
branch connector, brass oak leaves, green glass, vintage glass pearls, peanut beads
|orange - barked orange|
|lampwork egg - created just for me by the Midwest girl at hear, Miss Kelley Wenzel of KelleysBeads on Etsy (and she is making eggs again!)|
little birdie bead - my good friend, Miss LeAnn Weih of Summers Studio on Etsy
glass, wood, copper leaf connector
|teal - flora bright|
|lampwork glass ribbed bead - my friend from down under, Miss Jenni Connolly|
green hollow lampwork bead - Miss Kerry Bogert of KABs Concepts
striped and dottie lampwork beads - from the laugh-until-it-hurts friend in the shiny shack, Miss Julianna Cannon of Julsbeads
silk strands - expertly color coordinated by my friend, Miss Marsha Neal of Marsha Neal Studio
colored glass disks, upcycled silver plated ball chain
|beige - shelled tones|
|tiny lampwork beads - the crushworthy Pinocean on Etsy (I hear there is a shop update today!)|
Swarovski crystals, rhinestone headpins, pearl rondelle spacers, gold plated bead caps, 14kt rose gold ear wires
|pink - agate pink|
|gold filled ear wires and spacers|
mother of pearl mosaic tear drop beads
dyed crazy lace agate rondelles, Swarovski crystals, silver spacers
|lampwork glass beads - lovingly created by my friend Miss Julianna Cannon, also of StudioJuls fame|
rose quartz, silver plated spacers, sterling ear wires
So, what did you think? I feel energized that I was able to complete this challenge and it is gratifying to know that I did it by dipping into the lovely beads that I have been hoarding for far too long!
I also have a heaping helping of great prizes exclusively for the 54 players to win. Wish I could gift you all, but know that I so appreciate you! For the players, we have the following goodies:
Gift Certificate to Brandi Hussey's new Freshly Hued store filled with colorful goodies galore! Check out the new do-it-yourself holiday cards. I can't wait to get mine!
One lucky winner. Value: $12
One tutorial from LaBellaJoya on Etsy - you pick! (Thank you, Miss Marcie!)
One lucky winner. Value: $12
Design Seeds is now available for your iPhone/iPad. I will personally purchase a copy of the app as my gift to you! How great to carry color with you wherever you go! (Makes me want an iPad of my own! ;-)
Two lucky winners. Value: $5.99 each
And thanks to the generosity of some amazing artist friends, and my attempt to create from my stash, I have an amazing group of beads to give away - many of them art beads - in all twelve color families! Beads shown will be divided equitably and include art beads from Round Rabbit, JulsBeads, Birgitta Lejonklou, Marsha Neal, Sally Russick, Jeannie Dukic and Beth & Evie McCord. Also included are stones, wood, lava and pearls. And who knows what else might jump in the box!
All participants in the list below are entered in these drawings just for playing along (no commenting necessary). Just my way of saying thanks!
All winners will be announced on December 5th.
So tell me which of the palettes I completed was your favorite! And after you leave a nice comment (with a way for me to contact you if you win the earrings - kindly turn on your email in your profile!), please start your hop here and work your way around the world on a colorful magic carpet ride!
1 Norma Turvey ~ Teal ~ Color Crave