Monday, June 13, 2011

The Summer of Color: BLUE

"The Wishing Well"
8 x 10 Journal loose-leaf page

Can we talk?
Before we go any further, I want to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude for the tremendous response we have had for this event. I'm blown away by the amount of participants joining The Summer of Color and am honored by your excitement and enthusiasm. It looks like we're in for a fabulous Summer of creating, community and connection.  . . 

What's everyone doing?
Last week's challenge was to tell us what you are planning to create during the event. It seems that the freedom to do anything you want was very popular and because of that, we have an amazing assortment of art and inspiration to look forward to. In case you're curious, the majority of us will be doing some sort of art journaling, followed closely by ATC's, color inspiration / altered books and scrapbooking. There will also be some doing canvas work, cards, collages, altered objects, illustrations and/or sketchbooks, digital art and photography. A few are planning to work with fabric or felting and we even have a poet, jewelry artist, one who restores furniture and an artist working on fairies. We will be seeing work with teabag paper (how cool is that?), oils and of course, some who will be doing a little bit of everything. I'm so looking forward to learning from all of you - thanks again for sharing your talents with us all . . .

A little bit of business:
In all of the excitement of the opening week, there were a few of us who got started on their artwork a little early (so we've had a sneak peek of some beautiful work ;). If you linked up with blue on last week's post, I would be so grateful if you would link it again this week. Those who wrote about their plans for the event qualified for last week's giveaway, which was the assortment of art supplies. Because the first week was a little tricky to decipher, I selected the winner by randomly drawing a name out of a hat (okay, bowl) and checked to make sure she had met the first week's requirements. From next week on, I will use a random number generator from the comments section. This will make more sense when it comes time for bonus weeks, when you are able to enter twice should you complete the bonus challenge. So, the linking is for us to easily find one another and the comments are to sign up for the giveaway. Lastly, you will always know a week ahead of time what your next color challenge will be. That way, you have time to plan and prepare your work.  . . 

Okay, okay, so who won?

Drawing for last week's giveaway of art supplies

Congratulations! The winner of the assortment of art supplies from last week's drawing (pictured in the post below) is: You! Please email me your address and I will get it out right away.


Now, welcome to Blue week!
As of today (from Monday the 13th to Sunday the 19th), you may post your artwork based upon the color Blue. To do so, please share your piece on your blog with a link back here (so that others can find us) and then link your direct post to the linking widget below. To enter the blue giveaway, please leave a comment in the comment section.

The Blue giveaway for the week is . . .

Large Martha Stewart fine glitter in turquoise, 2 bottles of Martha Stewart flocking powder in Robin's Egg and Turquoise, a Martha Stewart ballpoint tip glue pen (and believe me, you want this ;) and a sprinkling of pale blue, clear and iridescent Swarovski crystals and beads. 

Also:
Please feel free to share your work on our Facebook page and our Flickr group which you can always find on the sidebar here . . .



And what will we be working on next week (from Monday the 20th to Sunday the 26th)? 

Green!
"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which it's loveliness arises." 
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Bonus! 
For Green week, your bonus challenge (for a chance to be entered twice in the Green giveaway) will be to incorporate the color Citron in your piece. Have fun . . .

Kristin xo

97 comments:

NatashaMay said...

Oh, my! I'm first. :) Congrats to the winner! And thanks Kristin for this awesome challenge.

Jenny said...

Loving this challenge Kristin... so much fun... big congrats to Becky... and can't wait to play with green :))

Jenny x

WrightStuff said...

Thanks Kristin. I love the whole idea of your piece. Who could resist a wish? But do wish carefully!!

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

OMG your Wishing Well piece is so cute! Love those eyes!!
Congrats to last weeks winner :)
Having fun with this challenge Kristin...even my mojo has decided to come back from his holidays for a play!!
Looking forward to 'Green' now...
Jan x

Mandy said...

oh kristin...your piece is beautiful and at the same time breaks my heart...i love it...congrats to becky too...it will give her a great bunch of goodies to work with and your blou bundle is soooooo sparkly and yummo!!!!now...the adventure begins...hee hee hee...i deleted my post and fixed it...yay ....have a great week...xxx

lindezines said...

Grats to the winner of the draw. Love all these pieces, but then, blue is one of my favourite colours even if I don't tend to use it much in my art.

Next Monday I go on holiday for 2 weeks so sadly, I won't be able to post my green art here. I will, however, do a green page or two in my journal. And will try to catch up once I get home.
Have fun everyone!!!

craftattack said...

Lovin' this big fun challenge! Valerie

Lesley said...

Yes indeedy I was one of those so eager to begin I posted my piece of 'blue' last week so have linked it again today. Naughty me.
I am off to view all of your wonderful artwork now....really looking forward to this bit (smile).
Kristin your piece is amazing. Love those faces and all the details.
Unfortunately won't be participating for the next couple of weeks as we'll be away so see you all when I get back...
Lesley x

linda said...

I love your blue art, such lovely wistful faces. Congrats to the winner of the first giveaway. Thank you again for hosting this fun summer project.

Sarah said...

Congratulations on your win Becky.

I've linked to my piece of blue art xx

joanna said...

Congrats to the lucky winner!!
your piece is beautiful Kristin! I'm a bit confused as to where to leave my comment.. hope its here! lol

missy k said...

Congratulations to Becky!!!

Kristin your 'blue' piece is amazing and moving...

'Blue' was a fun week!!!! Going to make a cup of tea, get comfy and do some blog visiting :)

Looking forward to going green :) .... its my favourite colour!

Karenx

Diane said...

First of all--Kristin--great piece!! Your art always has that special touch to it, and next--- what a great response you've been having!
I love this whole idea of exploring color--thanks so much again for hosting this.

Alis Clair said...

I love the cute little faces on your piece. I hope they get their wishes ;0)

I loved blue and have my thinking cap on for green now.
Hugs Alis
xx

The Altered Paper said...

Thanks for the fun challenge! Hugs,Tee

BLISS angels said...

yes thank you , thank you I love this challenge Hugs wendy

Janie Husband said...

here is my link again for my blue week.....i will read more carefully from now on as i entered my link a week early..... dah!!!!!

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aichaku-愛着 said...

congrats to the winner! :D i've left my link for this week's prompt. thanks for setting up this fun event. :D

Becky F said...

Good morning, all! I'm looking forward to meeting new artists during this challenge--and can't wait to see what everyone creates this summer.

Sandi said...

Congratulations to Becky! I so appreciate getting a start on my project and I can hardly wait to check out everyone else! Thanks again Kristin!

Carolyn Phillips said...

Love your blue wishes Kristin. I've had fun with blue, have linked and am now turning my thoughts towards green. Looking forward to taking time to visit and see what other people have come up with also. Thanks for putting this together.

Liette alias Pixelle said...

oh wouaw...I adore the eyes of those nices faces...they are so cute, I would pay the price for a wish hi hi hi...nice nice art journal...Congrats to the lucky winner!! I am looking to post my blue page of the mini-album as soon as I will finish the last touch...the week will be fun and I will go to visit others blogs...have a nice week Kristin xx

Pam Tucker said...

Congratulations to the winner! Thank you for this challenge, Kristin. I loved working with the blue this week. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's work. I LOVED "The Wishing Well"! Those faces are adorable! :)

TrishaTrixie said...

So happy to be a part of helping this move along. and I got so caught up ion Blue, I snapped a few pics too

http://art-a-day-keeps-the-crazies-away.blogspot.com/2011/06/blue-is-everywhere-did-you-know-summer.html

Pippa (pjbear) said...

I love the colour this week too, ooh and a double dip chance great stuff!

Terrie said...

I'm looking forward to playing all summer and following all these various art forms. I've already seen notes in blogs I follow from other challenges, so it's like finding old friends.....
Should be fun!

Joanna said...

Hello everyone, it's lovely to meet you all. I'll be visiting as many blogs as I can over the next week (there's rather a lot!).

Kristin, your wishing well is SO sweet, those dear little faces are beautiful. What would I wish for, hmmmm? I love the background with that beautiful colour and pattern.

I must start thinking 'green' now......

xx
ps congrats to lucky Becky :o)

Becky Dunham said...

Oh Kristin! i can't believe I won! You have no idea how happy I am! Thanks so much! I have linked up my blue projects - there are actually 2 on 1 link so if you go over make sure you see them both! Green is one of my favorite colors so i am definitely in on next week's challenge. I LOVE your journal page! So whimsical!

Nan said...

Hi Kristin....Love your piece....so pretty. Congrats to Becky on her fun win! I can't wait to sart on next weeks color. The only color I like better than green is blue green or teal!
Thanks!

Joyce said...

Yeah green, my favorite color!

Trece said...

As I forgot to mention, I will be working in my Art Journal, with a variety of media. For blue week, it is a collage.

JessiVille said...

Kristin, I Love your blue art piece and your wish...! So clever and beautious! I have linked to my blog for my blue entries and I look forward to visiting everyones site to see all the lovely creations that the Summer of Color has sparked! Now it is on to Green! Hugs, Jessi xox

Netty said...

Gorgeous and fun art work. I really hope I can make the time to join in as know it would be such great fun.

Kindred Spirit said...

I'm so happy to be part of such a wonderful challenge! I can't wait to see everyones' creations :)

Radley said...

Not sure I am doing things right - is there are right and wrong in the art realm? - but am loving this concept and seeing all the works that are coming from it.

Good stuff!

Skaja said...

Congrats to the winner of last week's draw.

This week, I posted the cover of my art journal, which I painted in shades of blue. It's linked up above.

aquariann said...

Lovely journal page! And oooh, what a pretty blue prize this week. Yay for sparkles!!

Jo Murray said...

Congratulations Becky... lucky you! I look forward to seeing further work.

Melinda said...

What a lovely journal page and thanks for the challenge, really needed something to keep me adding to my journal.

sugar Creek said...

Ok here's mine! Enjoy and thanks for looking today!

Amy said...

Hi Kristin, I adore your circle faces!!! I'd love to buy some wishes too..giggle!!!! Anyhoo, my piece is up on my blog..Thanks again for hosting!!! I love this.
Can't wait to create again for next challenge. xoxo

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Pippa (pjbear) said...

I did another blue LOL!
http://pjbear-determinedscrapper.blogspot.com/2011/06/summer-of-colour-week-1-blue-another.html

Darlene said...

I registered on the Linky site - and then entered my information on your site for my Blue blog entry. Didn't work. Would appreciate any help.

Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks.

Janelle said...

I tried to link to my blog and I can't get the form to work either. I posted my first piece for the color blue.
I like your piece and all the other ones that I have seen.

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Hi Kristin,
Thanks again for organizing this wonderful blog party!
I am not having any luck with Mr. Linky either, but my post is here:
http://artjoystuff.blogspot.com/2011/06/summer-of-color-week-1.html

enJOY a lovely evening,
Kimberly

Beverley Baird said...

Great challenge - great artwork! Loving the variety!

Juel said...

Mr. Linky is not happy with me either....here is my post for this week.....http://colorfulmoments.blogspot.com/

Janelle said...
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Anita Van Hal said...

Hey Kristin! Your "blue" piece is beautiful! I am having so much fun with this challenge, and can't wait to begin my green challenge...I think I may have to incorporate your "green" quote too! Your blog is so full of fun color...I'm always most inspired by color and love being a part of this and seeing everyone's piece! Hugs!

Missouri's Lilac said...

I love this whole concept. I can't wait to start working on my green piece. It is my favorite color! YAY!!
AJ

Crafty Mom said...

Turquoise is my faaaavorite color!!! I'm lovin' all the turquoise gliterry goodness!

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Thank you for putting this all together Kristin. I loved working with blue...and look forward to popping around to the other ladies tomorrow. So much creativity. I made a boo boo on Mr. Linky & had to link twice. Sorry!! Happy Monday. :)

NaNa said...

Ohhhhh... This is a great challenge for the summer! I've just posted my interpretation of 'BLUE' here : http://nathalienayer.blogspot.com/2011/06/blue.html

ThinkInk Creative said...

Thanks for a fun challenge. I love colours. My favourite is green but blue (esp aqua, turquoise) comes a close second.

I look forward to more experimenting on my part as part of this challenge.

cheers,
Malyn at ThinkInkCreatrive

Darlene said...

Love the blue colors - and those cute little round faces. Everything works together so well.

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Missy said...

I love the blue in your piece! Such pretty little faces, love the eyes! I already know what I'm doing for green!

Ella said...

I love your blue wishing well and the wish you want!~ I hope it comes true~
Thanks for doing this; it is so much fun to see what everyone is doing!
It jump starts so many ideas~ Your eyes on your art are amazing!!!

Thank you xXx

Green...oooh, I will need to gather supplies. I love turquoise and green best...may change my mind after this challenge. I mean party!

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Noemi said...

Oh No!!!! I am not the winner... I wanted to win this prize so badly. I just wanted to know what ATC´s are and all that fantastic material that you guys use for your amazing work and then give it a go. Well, I guess that I will have to find out what they are called in Spanish and see if they sell them around here.
Anyway, congratulations to the winner.
I just posted my blog with the first project for this challenge.
I hope it fits with what you meant for the event.

peggy gatto said...

I am so happy for this challenge! I am a color nut and love seeing what is created!
Thanks for setting this up!
I am using my blog, my coloringbook for these challenges.
Hope you will come by!

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Veronica Kosowski said...

Congratulations to the winner!

I really enjoyed looking through everyone's pieces for this week. Blue is such a relaxing color both to work in and look at.

Thanks so much again Kristin for putting this wonderful event together!

PaperPumpkin said...

I am really enjoying Blue! I had so much fun journaling with blues today...but I can't wait for green, my favorite color! Thank you! ~Kathy

Donna said...

Loving the challenge! It's going to be a fun summer. Done my blue creation, it's in my art "junk" journal. Thanks for hosting this!!

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Melisa said...

Whew, finally got an idea for the blue theme and got it done. I thought I might miss the very first theme, LOL.

Love your wish page. 5 cents is a bargain so I'll take 3, please!

Bernice said...

Thank you for this 10 week challenge.

Lesley said...

Hi Kristin,
thanks for setting up this great and fun challenge.
Congrats to the winner.
And....oh my...my most favortist colour is next....GREEN.

Lorraine said...

had a little play with an altered baby boy blue tin

creatingme said...

oh your piece is so lovely, and sad too. Odd how our deep gutted sadnesses are so opposite, yet also so the same. Motherhood.

This is really fun.

haikulovesongs said...

this is fun! i must admit that "blue" is probably the easiest color to inspire poetry {especially since blues music is an inspiration to me already.} thanks again, Kristin.
dani

Chris said...

Thanks for a fab challenge... I'm really looking forward to joining in each week :D
hugs
Chris xx

Emakesart said...

Hi! Yay for the Summer of Color! How fun is this! I had fun with my blue pieces and can't wait to make something green... my other favorite color!! Too bad I already posted my green furniture piece...maybe I should've saved that for this, haha!!

From one classy broad to another...LOL!!
xoEsther

Moira said...

So exciting! I just found this so I haven't done blue yet, but will be working on green tonight! Thanks for an awesome challenge!

Kristin said...

Oh my goodness, so many wonderful posts! I just posted mine, hopefully right, I am about to check the link. Everyone has done such amazing things, I have pretty much spent all my free time drooling over everyone's blogs! :)

Anneke said...

I like this color challenge, an inspiring art journal page on top here, beautiful!

Moira said...
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scrapwordsmom said...

Kristin....

So many things. First of all LOVE your challenge. Thank you for it!

Second you are sooo talented and I adore your faces on your page.

Happy Weekend!

Love,
Les

Karen said...

Blue was fun! Thinking green now!

Elizabeth GLZ said...

I love what you did...It is beautiful and fun. I am away with not many supplies but I did bring my favorite pens. I love this challenge! Thanks for the inspiration!

Michelle said...

Blue was hard for me, I hope that green will be easier. These crazy time limits! I week for genius! Gah! We can't all be as awesome as you, mah darling!

Big Kisses!

Elis. ;o) said...

This was fun, Kristin! Thank you for inspiering me to get started on my very first Art Journal! I'm having so much fun with it! :-)

nweglowski said...

Blue is my favourite colour! I am a designer and artist in Providence, RI and am looking for ways to spark my creativity, thank you!

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Fiona said...

A bit late I know, but I had fun joining in with this colour.

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

What a glorious riot of different art pieces we have here in one collection. Thanks to Kristin who put this opportunity together for us all. Well I am off to see more of your work everyone! *smiles* Norma

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Mango. Paper. Scissors. said...

Even though I'm close to being late, I'm still going to try and sign. I was having some laptop problems, and finally I'm able to come on! I absolutely love these challenges and since Green is my favorite color, I was so excited! Thank you Kristin!

Mango. Paper. Scissors. said...

Now I believe if we did the challenge, we shoul post twice, so here I go again! lol

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

I'm a bit late with posting what I did for the first week. I made a blue bunting from a variety of fabric and a tablecloth with puzzle pieces cut from blue fabric. I'm so happy that you're doing this challenge! Have lots of ideas for projects to do in the upcoming weeks.