Friday, November 30, 2012

Erin's Challenge of Color 2012!

Having followed Erin's blog for a looooong time, I know that her challenges are always exciting and thought-provoking.  There's something special about each one, and this one really piqued my interest.  A "challenge of color"...that's nice.  But what makes it so special and so COOL is that the color palettes are, in Erin's own words, "...created by my friend Miss Brandi Hussey who is my color guru. The pictures are from the Earth As Art exhibit from the United States Geological Service taken from the Landsat 7 satellite."

Each of the participants was provided with two different palettes, and could either choose one, or make pieces inspired by both.  I can't speak for the others in this blog hop, but my choices were both amazing, and completely different.  My eye was first drawn to the Meighen Island palette, which contains gorgeous shades of blue with a pop of chartreuse.  However, the palette I chose was of the Great Sandy Scars...muted, earthy shades of dark green, tan and beige, a lovely yellowy-brown, and a deep reddish brown.  I instantly thought of the different types of jasper beads in my stash, which contain all of these colors.  I couldn't resist! 

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I created a necklace:

I used jasper beads of different kinds, colors, and shapes, and some pretty little Czech glass Picasso disc beads in the same earthy colors.  Because I'm a sloth when it comes to labeling my bead purchases, I'm usually guessing when it comes to identifying them later.  I think what we're looking at here are picture jasper (sandy yellow-brown stones), mookaite (the dark reddish stones), and the faceted square focal bead might be ocean jasper.  I added some short lengths of chain and a bead dangle to each side.
This was an inspiring challenge, and I had a good time working with my chosen color palette.  I love Erin's philosophy, her joyful attitude toward life, and her amazement of the beauty surrounding all of us.  It was a pleasure to participate!
Please visit the other participants to see the beautiful things they've created!
Erin Prais-Hintz
Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington  (You are here!)
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams