Friday, November 30, 2012

Challenge of Color :: Earth As Art

I absolutely loved this challenge. Erin over at Treasures Found partnered with Brandi Girl (aka the Color Guru) to come up with color palettes for us beady bloggers to use as inspiration. The palettes come from an Earth As Art Exhibition, which as you will see through this hop are spectacular. 

I can not say enough about the 2 palettes that Erin sent me.I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them both! 

But I have been a little time-challenged lately, so for today I am focused to showing you what I created from one of them: Guinea-Bissau. But I promised to be back to show you the second one: the Empty Quarter. I have a few ideas in the works, and the beads already picked out, but I need a little more time before I post them.


I did a quick search for images of Guinea-Bissau (right) and found the local culture so beautifully colorful, and within the color palette!

Just a quick background on how these color palettes were created. The Earth As Art image gallery is a group of over 120 pictures taken from the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites since 1972. The images used in this hop are from NASA which are donated to the Library of Congress. Very official! The imagery uses a digital palette that relates to levels of infrared spectrum. That is what gives these pictures there amazing saturation of color! For the full science-y background on these pictures you can check out Erin's original blog post here.


Ok, so moving on to my projects. Sorry to keep you waiting. I have to say that the inspiration that Erin and Brandi created are colors that I would probably not have put together. So it is a bonus that I pulled these colors together for my projects! I chose to focus on the gorgeous blues (apatite beads) and the rich reds (coral beads). The necklace focal is Murano glass that brings out the flow in the Landsat picture along with some of the tans of the coastline. I also sewed hemp thread together with cherry red Miyuki micro seed beads on the sides for the cording. It gives a very natural feel to the piece. the closure is a double button loop.

For a little extra, I created a couple of pair of earrings with these colors. I used the same apatite beads in both earrings along with the red Miyuki micro seed beads. For the first pair I used a silver gypsy inspired hoop and Czech dagger beads. For the second pair I used a silver filigree which has a dream catcher feel to it.

There are a lot of bloggers participating in this very popular blog hop. So I'm going to hand it off to all the other participates here for you all to explore:


Erin Prais-Hintz    http://treasures-found.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color-reveal.html
Rebecca Anderson    http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Kris Auderer    http://strandedinthecity.wordpress.com
Chrizette Bayman    http://beadsoupmix.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud    http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Courtney Breul    http://beadsbybreul.blogspot.com/
Lynsey Brooks    http://yellowunicorncreations.blogspot.co.uk
Stephanie Buss    http://maxandlucie.blogspot.com
Iveth Caruso    http://www.creativeatelier.net/
Shannon Chomanczuk    http://www.formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com
Lisa Cone    http://inspiredadornments.blogspot.com/
Cece Cormier    http://thebeadingyogini.com
Lori Dorrington    http://lorisglassworks.blogspot.com
Dawn Doucette    http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com
Jeannie Dukic    http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog/
Kim Dworak    http://cianciblue.blogspot.com/
Beth Emery    http://storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com
Janice Everett    http://JLynnJewels.blogspot.com
Pam Farren    http://www.re-maker.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington    http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com
Gloria Ferrer    http://judetaama.blogspot.com.es/
Cherrie Fick    http://designsinthelight.co
Therese Frank    http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Patty Gasparino    http://www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com
Tanya Goodwin    http://pixiloo.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color.html
Ambra Gostoli    http://chicandfrog.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/3rd-challenge-of-color
Jess Green    http://tabbiekoshka.blogspot.co.uk/
Denielle Hagerman    http://somebeadsandotherthings.com
Mary Harding    www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Karla Hartzog    http://www.karlakrafts.com
Kim Hora    http://www.kimmykats.com
Brandi Hussey    http://brandigirlblog.com
Emanda Johnson    http://ArtemisiaStudio.blogspot.com
Jennifer Justman    http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/
Sue Kennedy    http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Ema Kilroy    http://emakaye.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman    http://Stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Linda Landig    http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com
Kirsi Luostarinen    http://kirsiluokorut.blogspot.com
Cynthia Machata    http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache    http://www.allprettythings.ca
Beth McCord    http://www.ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com
Mary K McGraw    http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/
Karen Mitchell    http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Cheri Mitchell-Reed    http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Aimee Moisa    http://threecatsdancing.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan    http://www.texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Penny Neville    http://copperpennydesigns.blogspot.com
Becky Pancake    http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Kashmira Patel    http://sadafulee.blogspot.com
Alice Peterson    http://alice-dreaming.blogspot.com
Kayla Potega    http://www.teejewelry.blogspot.com
Debbie Price    http://greenshoot.blogspot.co.uk
Bobbie Rafferty    http://beadsong.blogspot.com
Caron Reid    http://caronmichelle.blogspot.com.au/
Nicole Rennell    http://nicolerennell.com/blog
Cynthia Riggs    http://cynthsblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color.html
Andrea Ross    http://silvermapledesigns.blogspot.com/
Sally Russick    http://thestudiosublime.com
Annie Scherz    http://www.studioluma.ca
Pam Sears    http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano    http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Sandra Stein    http://sannipanni.wordpress.com
Kristen Stevens    http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com
Tracy Stillman    http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com
Sherri Stokey    http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/2012/11/challenge-of-color-reveal.html
Lola Survillo    http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com
Kay Thomerson    http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Jo Tinley    http://daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
Emma Todd    http://www.apolymerpenchant.com
Cory Tompkins    http://www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Pam Traub    http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger    http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Michelle Tucker    http://michellescreativemusings.blogspot.com/
Shelley Graham Turner    http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Monique Urquhart    http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com/
Rachel Van-Walsk    http://balancedcrafts.com/blog
Patti Vanderbloemen    http://www.myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt    http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Lynn White    http://lynnwhitejewelry.com/Lynn_White_Jewelry/Lynns_Jewelry_Blog/Lynns_Jewelry_Blog.html
Joan Williams    http://www.lilrubyjewelry.com

39 comments:

Duni said...

Cynthia, that is a STUNNING piece. Looks like many hours of work went into that one! The pendant is very unusual, never seen anything like it before.The earrings are both very pretty. Love the dream catcher ones especially!

13 said...

Breathtaking just adore that colour combo, that pendant is very unique

Karen Mitchell said...

I love the pendant, great shape. My favorite earrings are the Gypsy Moon pair, their shape seems to go with the pendant.

BackstoryBeads said...

I love how your focal bead captures the inspiration photo. Just had to click on the photo and take in that beaded hemp. How cool is that? And your two-button closure is the perfect final touch. Love this!!

Nancy said...

Beautiful pieces! I love the story of your color inspiration too:)

A Half-Baked Notion said...

I am wowed by your designs as always, Cynthia... and distracted by that lovely and very secure-looking closure. Any chance you could share how to create it in a further post? I will be looking at my glass pendants with fresh eyes after this!

Bobbie said...

Cynthia, these are fantastic interpretations of the inspiration! Coral and apatite are gorgeous to begin with, but they are perfect for the palette you had. I love how the focal bead looks like a satellite image itself -- you couldn't have found a better bead!

And if that weren't enough, the woven part of the necklace is genius. Bravo to you!

Christine Altmiller said...

BEAUTIFUL! Aqua and red are divine together! Your necklace and earrings are gorgeous-love the daggers on the earrings and LOVE the detail of red beads you added to the cord. The Whole necklace just has a great flow

Rose said...

You know how much I love this color combination! All of your pieces are beautiful. I love the bead mixes that you used.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful work as always Cynthia! I love these vibrant colors together. The Murano piece is the perfect complement!

Cynthia said...

You matched your palette and the culture of your palette! How ambitious! Everything came out beautifully.

Tanya said...

All of those are beautiful. I love how you brought a bit of the region into your designs. Red and turquoise/blue work so well together and I love everything you did with them. The necklace is amazing and the earrings look so fun and free!

BeadedTail said...

Oh wow! Those are gorgeous! I love the story behind them and your work is just so beautiful!

Kashmira said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! Must have taken you hours to string together that perfect necklace. And I love how you finished it with those loops. Sweet!

stregajewellry said...

Well, you are my last stop on this hop but I have to tell you, it was worth the wait. What a fantastic necklace!

Splendid Little Stars said...

These are great colors and you created some wonderful pieces!

Becky Pancake said...

Outstanding pieces. The focal is great and I really like your double button closure.

JLYNNJEWELS said...

Excellent job with your color palette and design - love the fun feel to all :) JLynn

Maplegirl said...

Thanks for the close-ups. That pendant is so wonderful with your beads.

Alicia said...

Oh, my, Cynthia - a lovely combination: very rich in colours and with a superb texture. That Murano focal is simply perfect!
Love it!

windbent said...

What a lovely, bold necklace. My friend would love those earrings! They are totally her.

strandedinthecity said...

Great job! Love the colors :)

Brandi Hussey said...

I love, love, love that your necklace not only pulls the colors from the palette so well, it also feels like the area! Fun and lively and full of texture.

Congrats on pushing yourself outside of your normal comfort zone! I have to say that aqua and deep red paired together is one of my favorite color combos, so it's super exciting to me to see them in your work!

Thanks for playing along today!

Caron Michelle said...

Your designs are always a visual treat - this one is no exception! Absolutely adore this necklace, beautifully done!! Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

Patti Van said...

Whoa - this is drop dead gorgeous! You found the perfect focal - and surrounded it with the perfect beads! Gorgeous! May I add that you have to be the most prolific blogger out in blogland?! I don't know how you find the time to not only create such gorgeous creations, take the pictures, and write such creative posts!

Emakaye said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Your pieces are perfect interpretation of the color palette. The Earth as Art are so incredibly inspiring.

lynsey said...

Oh my! just stunning, I love the colours together, really wonderful

Renetha said...

You matched the pallet perfectly. Love the dangle earrings. Your focal is beautiful and reflects all the colors in your pallet.

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Wow - your pieces are fabulous! The beads match you color palette pefectly and just so rich and deep! Stunning work!

Sally Russick said...

Cynthia, wasn't this the best color palette to work with, your pieces are beautiful!!! The necklace is such a strong, eye catching piece and the movement of the both pairs of earrings is fantastic!!

I will be checking back to see what you do with the other palette. I'm having a difficult time with my second palette, I love the colors be can't get them to play well together! :)

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Perfect! And lovely pieces. You are soo talented!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
Wow you rocked this challenge! First I love the colors in your palette and the way you transfered them in to your necklace and earrings so beautiful. I love the aqua and deep red colors together.
Therese

EmandaJ said...

WOW! Beautiful pieces and perfect interpretations of your color scheme.

Donetta said...

Seriously beautiful pieces...I am loving this color palette, and I'm amazed at how well you captured the feel of your geographical area. Lovely work!

TesoriTrovati said...

Hello Miss Cynthia! I am sorry that it took me so long to arrive here. The Earth As Art is fascinating and I feel like I am hopping all over the world once again! I love that swirly glass murano pendant you have. Amazing what can be created by molten glass! I love this classic color palette. It feels like this necklace and those way-cool bohemian earring pairs would be right at home walking around on a beach somewhere. Thank you so much for bringing your talents to the hop! Enjoy the day. Erin

A Polymer Penchant said...

How beautiful and Luxe! I think the clasp is genius, not sure if I've seen one like that before, but it looks quite clever and apatite is an all time favourite!

KayzKreationz said...

I love the texture in your pieces. What a great palette and great job.

CraftyHope said...

What fun pieces you created with this palette. I can plainly see why you like it and how much it inspired you. Really wonderful job!

Alice said...

What great pieces. They're so full of color and movement!

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