Friday, August 20, 2010

Creative Color Challenge - Week Three...

Firstly, thank you all for your wonderful comments from my recent exciting news! I do hope you'll consider signing up to create artwork for the next book Patti Digh is writing - each  "assignment" I received was of great writing that is very inspiring...

But now it's time to reveal my project for Week Three of Louise Gale's Creative Color Challenge...

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The color:

The objective:
to create something using this color, plus black and white

The final product by yours truly:
a 'mixed-media' necklace...


Necklace of glass, jade and silver beads, silver wire, vintage button and ribbon tape...



It was a good way to cool down after the heat of the red I worked with last week! This week, I knew I'd be making a necklace since I have many glass beads given to me by a friend, though turquoise is not a color I wear very often. I actually like to mix shades of blue together from dark to light - I think shades of blue in one garment looks nice...hmmmm, maybe I will try that in another necklace??!?

I was happy to see that the 'twist' Louise added to this weeks challenge included using 'metals' since I would be using silver wire to create this project!

The beginning elements of the necklace and a quick sketch when inspiration struck...

I began to play with the turquoise colored beads I had and thought I'd add a few white beads that came from a old necklace my mother had in a jewelry box for years. As we've been going through my grandparents home we came across some necklaces and one of them had the exact same white beads as my mothers old necklace. It seems the white beads are actually "white jade" and they tend to be heavier than the glass beads I was working with for this project...

When I began with the centerpiece, I realized I wanted to add some ribbon tape to it. I have quite a bit of rayon 'hem tape' in many colors and I had about three shades of turquoise - of the three shades, I used the palest color...

Lots of ribbon hem tape, beads and some silk thread from my grandmother's sewing supplies...

Unfortunately for me, this week was pretty hot in my apartment so it was hard to get started...and then there was all that excitement about my published work!! ;) However, last night I buckled down and had another thought to use some turquoise silk thread that belonged to my grandmother and is now in my sewing supplies. It was a darker shade than the ribbon and I thought it would be a great contrast to sew bits of ribbon together as connectors to the wire wrapped bead sections...

It may be hard to see the silk thread sewn on the hem tape but you can click on the image for a bigger view...

I made the bead sections first and then cut and sewed the ribbon connectors, or "jump rings" as they would be called if they were made of silver! I found a vintage button of a pale turquoise and some vintage white braid tape from my grandmother's supplies to use as a closure...and now we have a necklace of calm, cool turquoise...

  The final product*...



This is a really fun challenge to participate in! I've tried to create something different with each color for each week to shake things up and that has been a lot of fun too. It's also great to see the amount of creativity as everyone approaches the color in their own unique way. Check out the amazing creativity HERE!

I love the final results of my project though it's not a necklace I think I will wear...but if I make a version of this necklace in PINK I would wear it everyday!! Hmmm, I think I know what I'll be doing this weekend! ;)

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What will you be doing to keep cool this weekend? Hanging out poolside or staying inside with A/C and creativity?? I'd love to hear about it =-)



* - I may use this necklace for a private auction on this blog to generate funding for my trip to next years Artful Journey Retreat so stay tuned!!

4 comments:

chrissy said...

i.ve missed you missy.
so much goodness going on here.
WHOOOO HOOOO!
huge shout out for the patti digh book.
i remember when you very first shared that with me and i was like...
"man, this girl is BRRRRAVE!"
and look where it.s gotten you sister.
right in the published pages.
so awesome.
love the turquoise necklace...how smart are you to MAKE something to go along with miss louise.s challenge....now you have beautiful jewels to wear or share....
love ya.
c

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humel said...

This is gorgeous!! I'd wear it, oh boy - the colour is very me :-)

Louise Gale said...

I love this. So glad you could really go for it with the twist i added last week. Its gorgeous Monica. xx