Friday, November 30, 2012

The Challenge of Color

Today is the Reveal of Erin and Brandi's Challenge of  Color Blog Hop.  This is my first time participating in this Challenge of  Color and I was inspired to join in by the beautiful photos I saw of The Earth as Art Project that they used as the structure of this event.  Each of us was given two photos to use or  choose from.  Brandi made the palettes for all of them.  What a visual treat these images are.  All of them a magnificent array of colors.I chose to use both photos that I received.   Here is what Erin tells us about these pictures:  (She has a brilliant scientific explanation of how these colors relate to the actual earth being photographed here )

The Earth As Art image gallery is a group of over 120 pictures taken from the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites since 1972. These pictures of the unique features of our beautiful planet are a vital resource for understanding scientific issues related to land use and natural resources. Plus they are just so darned cool! 

All the images that we will be using in this Challenge of Color and all the information that I found came from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) which donated all these images to the Library of Congress.

The images in these galleries are spectacular. The views of mountains, valleys, islands and forests as well as agricultural patterns and even heavily populated areas are quite striking in their abstraction. The colors are much different than what you might expect. The satellite land imagery uses a digital palette that relates to the different levels on the infrared spectrum and help to give insight into the specific geography of the image.  

The Colima Volcano is my all time favorite. This volcano is located in Mexico and is quite active.  In this earth photo I love the juxtaposition of the ice blue with the cranberry.  I was able to find some wonderful matte turquoise seed beads from Whimbeads and I had the cranberry beads on hand already.  They are from Charlene's beads. I also used a dark blue mix from Whimbeads for that slate blue color from the palette Brandi made.  

I decided to make a triple wrap bracelet in peyote stitch.  This photo shows the whole bracelet wrapped up and sitting on the photo of the Colima Volcano to show how it captures the colors.  I think the bracelet also reflects the Southwestern   influence of my childhood.  And more especially my love of Mexico, a country I visited as a teenager and later as an adult.  It made an enduring impression.

This photo give a better view of how the bracelet is worm.  Here the colors are a bit bleached out.
This photo of  a close up of the button I made for this bracelet from one of my ceramic beads is the closest to the actual colors of the bracelet.  This bracelet is so long that it can also be worn as a necklace. 

The second photo I was given to use for inspiration was of the Atlas Mountains.  The Atlas Mountains is a mountain range across a north-western stretch of Africa extending about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through MoroccoAlgeria, and Tunisia. The Atlas ranges separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. (info from Wikipedia).

I made a set of heart charms based on the color palette I received for the  Atlas Mountains. I used a different technique than usual to reflect the arid and rugged environment of these mountains.  I painted the colors of the palette on a group of heart charms that had been stained.  I did not do a final glaze coat which is how I achieved this very clay like, arid look.  I think they came out better than I even expected they could.

Heart charms reflecting the Atlas Mountains palette

I used a decorative chain from Miss Ficklemedia for the base of a bracelet for these charms.

Bracelet with Atlas Mountain Heart Charms

Closeup of the bracelet links and some of the heart charms

I have totally enjoyed this Challenge of Color.  I have lived with these photos for many days now and they have enriched my sense of color.  I am so grateful to Erin and Brandi for making all of this possible. 
And to you my readers, thank you for taking the time to look.  I hope all these colors have enriched  and inspired you as well.

Below is a list of all the participants in this blog hop.  I hope you will give them a visit.  I am sure you will be awed by what they have 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
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


  1. love that wrap bracelet! beautiful!!

  2. I KNEW you would seed bead at least one piece - and what a piece! The colors are gorgeous, made even more beautiful by your component! But your charms on the second piece - Wow! Love it with the Miss Fickelmedia chain! Both pieces are truly works of art!

  3. I love the warm, exotic alpine feel of your heart charms. Combined with that chain - you created just the perfect interpretation for that photo. And your peyote bracelet, I would SO love to sport that wrapped around my own wrist!

  4. I really like the fact that you worked the peyote lengthwise. It really helps give structure to bracelets when you work it like that. Gorgeous colors by the way and the heart charms are adorable!

  5. Mary, two beautiful pieces of jewelry. How talented you are. I love your connection to the bracelet design, and of course your wonderful charms.

    When I saw some of the other palettes on Erin's blog, I thought immediately of some of your ceramic pendants that I have in my stash. Perhaps inspiration to try to part with them, if I can make myself.

  6. how wonderful! love your clasp on the bracelet. beautiful!

  7. Very nicely done!! Both of your pieces really do show off the beauty of those palettes.

  8. Love the seed bead bracelet. Inspires me to try to learn that stitch.

  9. I am in awe of your wonderful beaded bracelet, Mary... and even more of your unique unglazed hearts, so beautiful paired with Shannon's chain!

  10. I love both of those. You are so talented! The peyote bracelet is amazing and I love that it is a triple wrap. You incorporated the palette so well into the weaving. Your hearts .. wow! I adore the charm bracelet .. it's stunning!

  11. This challenge has really allowed you to show off your versatility as a designer! My fav is the heart charm bracelet. Love the 'topographical' surface of the little hearts.

  12. Weren't the Challenge of Color palettes just beautiful? I was so happy with the ones I got. You made such gorgeous pieces with yours! You did a fantastic job on this challenge!

  13. The colors in that bracelet are so peaceful and calm, I love it! And I heart those little heart charms! They are so happy! Just gorgeous, both ideas.

  14. You're so multi-talented. Both bracelets are great but the colors in the first one are very "me". Nice work!

  15. So amazing! Such beautiful work.

  16. Oh, these are amazing! I love the way the colors of the first bracelet pick up so well on the colors from the palette. The slight transitions here and there are perfect.

    And I especially love how you captured the texture and lines of the second palette in your second bracelet! I love that you can see the movement everywhere, from the designs on the beads to the bracelet links. Fantastic!

    Thank you for playing along!

  17. You know, I really just enjoy cruising through your work, seeing what your latest creations are. I don't recall ever seeing you use colors like the Atlas Mountain inspiration before, but I really do like them. (the other, too, but I love your clay work). Both pieces are just lovely.

  18. Love the charms, hope you made extras for your shop. Yes You are multi talented.

  19. Wow! even making the beads. You did a great job with your color palettes. I like the second one best.

  20. Mary - love your beadwork in the first piece but have to say that my absolute favorite are your beautiful little hearts and all the glorious circles in your design - FANTASTIC job! JLynn

  21. Mary, we had the same volcano inspiration! I love your beadwork. Wonderful!

  22. I love them both, but I think the second piece captures the spirit of the photo and palette perfectly!

  23. OH! MY! GOD!!!!!

    That first bracelet! I am going to have to come back after I get my breath back! Its gorgeous!

  24. Both designs are divine! Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

  25. Totally, Totally gorgeous!! love them x

  26. I just knew that you would make something special. You always do, Miss Mary! I love the way you mix your seed beads with your ceramics. The colors are so saturated and rich. But those hearts are so great! I cherish the little hearts you send with your orders. I think that is my favorite part! And these are the perfect complement to that palette. I think you should join me again Miss Mary. I love to play with you! Enjoy the day. Erin

  27. Both pieces are amazing! Love the beadwork on the first bracelet and just love those charms you made for the second bracelet! Each piece is fantastic!

  28. What a great match to both of your palettes! I really love the wrap bracelet! You have done fantastic work, as usual! :)

  29. Love your little heart clever with the color palette. Any designs with peyote stitch amaze pretty!

  30. Beautiful work...I'm still afraid of seed beads, so silly...every time I see something gorgeous such as your bracelet, I realize that I must get started! I'm so impressed by your many, many talents.

  31. Multi-talented! Gorgeous interpretations.

  32. The woven bracelet is lovely, but those charms made me say "WOW!!" out loud. They are so striking, and such a great match for your palette. Terrific stuff!

  33. Your 1st bracelet is pretty, but the bracelet is outstanding. I love that is is a piece that has movement.

  34. Oh wow, that charm bracelet is so awesome! I mean the wrap bracelet is very pretty too of course. But the Atlas mountains palette was the second palette I got - and haven't used just yet- and I love seeing what you made from it. Beautiful!

  35. I love that bracelet for the Volcano piece. The colors are fantastic, your beadwork is awesome and I love the Southwest look to it. Your heart pendants for your second piece are so cute, too. They really captured the look/color in that palette.

  36. I LOVE your ceramic beads! You make me miss my kiln! 'Guess I'll just have to visit your etsy shop!

  37. I love what you have come up with for both palettes Mary - the hearts are so sweet but oh! that bracelet! I love your way with seed beads. Your work always has such flow!

  38. Two great bracelets that capture your palettes so well! Sorry for being so late to comment!

  39. I'm slowly getting around to all the blogs. Your triple wrap beaded bracelet is stunning!!! And I love the colors in your second piece. The charms are a perfect match for the colors in the second inspiration photo. Miss Ficklemedia's chain is just the thing to pull it all together.


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