Friday, November 30, 2012

Earth As Art Color Challenge From Treasures Found


It's here! The first of November I signed up for the Color Challenge that Erin Prais-Hintz, of Treasures Found, always has in November. I did it last November for the first time. If you're really wanting to challenge yourself or just get new inspiration, you should really check out her Color Challenges. Just as the name implies, they will challenge you.  She has a different theme every time and selects one or two color palettes for you to use to make a piece of jewelry.  This time around, Brandi Hussey from BrandiGirl blog picked out 40 of the 120 NASA pictures from their Earth As Art photographs and made color palettes from those. They are truly inspiring.  Then Erin picked out the 2 color palettes for each of the 80 participants and e-mailed them to us, letting us pick which palette we would work with.  These are the 2 palettes I received.  The first is the Great Sandy Scars from Australia.  I love these colors and picked this one to be the main one to work with.  Description: In a small corner of the vast Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia, large sand dunes—the only sand in this desert of scrub and rock—appear as lines stretching from left to right. The light-colored fan shapes are scars from wildfires. Isn't that cool?
This is what I came up with from my Color Palette.  I used some Glass Beads from Hobby Lobby, some Purple Potato Pearls and Green Daggers (can't remember the name of the bead on these) I had on hand, some Light Green/Yellow sari ribbon I had and the cutest little blue/gray owl I received from Natalie Pappas along with a brass colored Leaf toggle clasp to make it appear the owl was in the leaves of a tree high overhead the Great Sandy Scars. (I know, he probably wouldn't be in that part of the world, but I liked the idea.)  I added some dark brass colored chain I had to wrap around the Green and Purple strand.  Did I catch the essence of the Great Sandy Scars?


Here's the second palette I received. This one was really a challenge for me. I'm not a fan of blue and these are not colors I usually or ever work with.  I'm still trying to get my Kumihimo braid finished off for this necklace, so not sure I'll get it done in time to post.  But I took Dyed Imperial Jasper Sapphire, Natural Shell rice, and Carnelian dyed nuggets from Michael's along with some Yellow Round hole beads from Hobby Lobby and some Copper Filigree beads I had received as a gift and strung them to hang with the Salsa yarn and Gold and Orange ribbon to make my Kumihimo braid. Finished off the braid with brass/copper bead caps and attached all 3 strands to copper jump rings and chain. Then I finished it off with a Copper Square Toggle clasp to match the square Filigree beads.  It is from the Color palette Lake Eyre, also in Australia. Description: Do you see a scary face looking back at you? The hollow-appearing eyes, narrow nose, and slash of a mouth are inundated patches of shallow Lake Eyre (pronounced "air"). Deep in the desert country of northern South Australia, Lake Eyre is an ephemeral feature of this flat, parched landscape. When seasonal rains are abundant, water fills the lakebed to some degree. During the last 150 years, Lake Eyre has filled completely only three times. When brimming, it is Australia's largest lake.








Unfortunately, I've run out of time, between company, appointments, cooking for some volunteers that are coming this weekend to help us and other things, so I don't quite have this piece done, but here it is so far. I still have to finish off my Kumihimo braid, then attach all three strings to the copper chain and the copper toggle clasp, which is in the picture. Hopefully I'll get it done and post the finished project Monday or Tuesday. So if you'd like to see it finished, check back then and let me know what you think.
I thought it was interesting to read about each of these spots, too, so I included the description of each from USGS/EROS Image gallery. To see more great Earth as Art pictures click the name.  So what do you think?  Did I capture the essence of Lake Eyre in this necklace?  Did I meet the challenge of using colors I never work with and make something you would wear? Keep checking my blog or Etsy shop as this one at least will be listed for sale soon. If you like either one and want it sooner, you can e-mail me or convo me from my Etsy shop, KayzKreationz and let me know.  And be sure to check out Treasures Found for the other 79 participants in this Color Challenge.  And if you're looking for more Stained Glass, Mosaic, Fused Glass Kreationz for your Home or Garden, or more Beaded, Wire-wrapped jewelry for yourself or as gifts, check out my shop for those, too, KayzKreationz.

23 comments:

You can call me Lyssa... said...

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!

stregajewellry said...

I'm fascinated by that pallette, the Sandy Scars.....and yes, you certainly captured the essence! Beautiful!

JLYNNJEWELS said...

Great palettes and super designs! loved your choices especially in those single strand bracelets to stack :) JLynn

Patti Van said...

Love them both- yes you captured the color palette! But the multi- strand piece is my favorite!

Maplegirl said...

What is a challenge without stretching beyond the usual. You definitely met the challenge.

Caron Michelle said...

Oooh - super cool! I just adore your designs, love how you have incorporated so many elements, just beautiful! Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

Caron Michelle said...

Oooh - super cool! I just adore your designs, love how you have incorporated so many elements, just beautiful! Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

sannipanni said...

Wow! You really captured the colors and theme there! I love how your bracelet looks almost like it has bandages wrapped around scars - though much prettier than the real life image that now pops into my head ;-). Good luck with the second one. It looks beautiful so far!! Can't wait to see the end result!

Tanya said...

Those are both stunning! I adore the first bracelet with all of the different textures. Your second bracelet is already a show stopper and will be gorgeous when it is completed.

Becky Pancake said...

I like both of your pieces. I think that you used your colors very well.

Brandi Hussey said...

I think both are absolutely fabulous! I love how organic the first one feels, and I love love love the colors of the second. For someone who doesn't like working with blue, I think you did a fantastic job!

Thanks for playing along!

Mary K. McGraw said...

I like your use of the sari ribbon in your first palette. And your kumihimo necklace is going to look fabulous once you get it done.

EmandaJ said...

Fantastic response to the challenge! I love, especially, how you mimicked the texture of the imagery in the first palette.

A Polymer Penchant said...

Oh my so much beautiful rishc textures. You certainly have a way with the multistrand!

TesoriTrovati said...

I do like them both! I think that the best part of these Challenges is it pushes me to try combinations that I wouldn't normally gravitate to. That is why I started them! I am glad that you shared this journey with me and I hope to see you in a future Challenge! Enjoy the day. Erin

Donetta said...

Super cool bracelets...I love the complexity and rich look you've created!

Shelley Graham Turner said...

How totally cool Kay! I love them both but that first bracelet,WOW. Love the colors and textures, and its great that Mr Owl got a special place in your imaginary trees! NICE!

A Half-Baked Notion said...

These are really lovely, Kay... I just love fibre in jewellery, yet I find it very challenging in my own designs. I love the effect of the wrapped beads in your first creation.

Your Kumihimo looks great with those chunky bead strands; hopefully after the Holiday madness is done, you'll have a quiet moment or two to complete that design. I'm now following your blog so I don't miss your next post.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

You got two really gorgeous palettes to work with this time around! I definitely agree that working with some of these colors was quite a challenge; I for one learned that I suck at matching up colors to palettes. LOL

I think you definitely captured the essences of both of your inspirational places in your pieces.

Don't worry about not finishing your one piece; life just gets in the way sometimes, but I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's done! :)

KayzKreationz said...

I especially like your Lake Eyre piece, finished or not. The color match is great and I DEFINITELY see the scary face in the photo!

Lynn

From Lynn

Karla Hartzog said...

I love the contrast in textures that you use in your work! 'Great palette matching, too!

kmorgan said...

Yeah, You did it again! Fabulous! Your palettes were so different & you nailed those colors! Pictures turned out great as well. Your Kumihimo turned out really nice. The stacking strands look good together & bring the palette of colors to life. Hope we get to do this again next year! Meantime, I plan to look at the other color palettes & design off them.

AntiquityTravelers said...

I love that first piece! The Great Sandy Scars palette is one of my favorites from this challenge ... I LOVE those wispy colors across the top - and you captured that beautifully with the sari wrapped beads! nicely done!