"Some of the best memories are made in flip flops" - Kellie Elmore
Sing with me! "Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime . . . ." (darling, you sound fabulous) . . . .
Hellooooo and thank you for the rockin' introduction to our first interactive affair, The Summer of Color 3: Artist's Choice! Wether you're new to the event or you've been waiting a year to begin again, I promise that this will be one to remember. So get ready for six weeks of luscious color prompts, weekly linking opportunities, beautiful giveaways, creative inspirations and an amazingly supportive community that You, the Artist, help to produce.
What's that you say?
That's right. This year, the SOC is taking a decidedly different turn. This year, You will help determine the colors we'll be playing with by voting for your favorites on a weekly basis.
How will that work?
Easy. Each week, you'll have the chance to vote for one of 12 different color combinations by taking a poll at the end of each post. Simply pick your favorite and, in majority rules fashion, the highest rated one wins. Come back the following Monday to see the results and get started. As always, you'll work in your preferred mediums - creating anything your little heart desires - with color being the only stipulation.
What do you mean by our "preferred mediums"?
There are so many ways to participate in The Summer of Color. You can create anything you want, as long as it's based on the colors of the week. You may choose to develop a body of work using the same materials each week or mix it up and create something new each time. It's entirely up to you.
What kinds of things will we be seeing?
In the years past, we've seen jewelry to journal pages and everything in between. If you're not sure of what you want to do, check out the following links for inspiration:
Artist Trading Cards
Of course, there may be things you're considering that I haven't covered here. The thing is, if you have an art form you love, go for it. If you've always wanted to try something new, perhaps now's the time.
Okay, so how does this work?
In an effort to keep things fresh, this year will be a bit different from the past. Every Monday, I will post the winning color prompt that you have selected here. You will then have until Sunday of the same week to complete your piece based upon that prompt. (This way, we'll all be working on the same colors at the same time). You can share your work through your blog or via Flickr and then copy and paste that direct post (or Flickr feed) here. Mister Linky will be up as of next week. There will also be a (rather stunning ;) giveaway each week for those who participate. The winner will be selected at random using a Random Number Generator from the link list and announced the following week.
Just some business. You are welcome to share your work at any time. However, in order to qualify for the weekly drawing, you must link your post or Flickr feed by Sunday, 10:00 am (Pacific Daylight Time). Also, this is meant to be fun. If you're away or can't participate every week, please don't worry about it. Like any other party, just come when you can. Each week stands on it's own. Lastly, this is an international event. Should your name be selected for a drawing, I will happily mail it to you, no matter where you live.
What about Facebook and Flickr?
There is a Facebook group and Flickr pool especially for our event. In addition to our blogs, we can also post our work and chat amongst ourselves there. You do not have to belong to Facebook or have a Flickr account to play along, but it is a lotta fun should you choose to do so. Again, it's all up to you. . .
So what do we do now?
For this, the Introductory Week, I'd be so grateful if you helped me spread the word about The Summer of Color. Since the whole idea is to foster creativity, community and connection, the more of us who come out to play, the better. And, to thank you for your assistance, I'm going to reward one randomly selected person something pretty exciting. Since our theme this year is Artist's Choice, it seems only fitting that you have a chance at winning something that you choose. With that in mind, please let me know how you've helped to spread the word (either by posting the SOC button on your blog, by mentioning it in a blog post, by letting your Facebook friends know, or discussing it on Instagram, Twitter or whatever other social media you love) in the comments section below (only one comment per person, please) and you will be in the running for . . .
A $50 Gift Certificate to Blick Art!
The winner will be announced Next Monday, June 10th and sent electronically via email.
Speaking of next Monday, June 10th:
We need to vote on our first color combination! For Week One, your color options are as follows:
I look forward to hearing about your projects, to seeing what colors you collectively decide upon and, of course, our first, arty week together . . . .
Until then, I wish you luck with the giveaway, fun with the poll and camaraderie within our arty community. It's gonna be a colorful Summer indeed . . . .
Nice that the time has arrived! I have had the logo on my sidebar for several weeks to help spread the news! Looking forward to the first prompt! Valerie
Hello Kristin - weeeeeeee, SOC is here at last!
I've been spreading the word in my blog posts and have and have had your SOC3 blog button on my sidebar since last year!
(That is a BRILLIANT prize!).
Looking forward to getting started.......
So pleased this is starting again and looking forward to seeing what colours we all vote for. I've shared on FB, twitter and G+ and have had the button on my blog for ages. I will include in a blog post this week as well.
So happy it is here... it feels like it has taken forever.... I am looking forward to seeing what colour combination comes up first... they all look pretty inspiring ..
I have shared on Facebook and on my 12 Months in View challenge blog
Oh so exciting to be doing this again this year. I have already put your button on my blog and my colour result too. BJ
Kristin this is going to be SOOOOOO much fun.... thanks for doing it again.
I've had your button on my blog since last year and have also mentioned the event on blog posts.
Such gorgeous colour combinations to look forward too :)
looking forward to this...I have a few home schoolers that are going to join in on the fun this year...
I have posted it on facebook twice...our small group and my timeline...are we friends on facebook?
Wahoo- The button has been up on my blog for some time and I've been communicating to friends - lets get started!
I tweeted (which also goes to my FB page) about SOC! Can't wait to play! Yay!
I have but your button on my blog. Looking forward to this challenge group. This will be my first time participating.
This is my first time but I can tell already it will be a lot of fun. I have placed the button on my blog and have told my arty friends about it on Facebook.
Woohoo, I can't wait to take part this time. I've mentioned on the Artfully Carin facebook page.
I installed your button on my blog a little while back. This is going to be such fun!
I have voted and will make sure to blog about it in my next post!
Looking forward to next week's color theme! Posted on my Facebook page about the Summer of Color: https://www.facebook.com/HarvestMoonbyHand .
I voted and have posted the blog button on the sidebar of my blog. This is going to be so much fun, LOVE voting for the color combo!! xo
I shared and voted Kristin. I can't wait to get started.
I shared on facebook and google+ so great to be able to join in the fun!
Hey Kristin I have shared it on
and have voted also!!
Can't wait for the 'colorful' drama to begin.
All of these color combos sound fun...can't wait to see which one wins!
I posted in my blog last week about SOC and have the button in my sidebar.
I'm a newbie here and this is all so exciting to me :)
SOOOOO EXCITED FOR THIS TO BE HERE!! Love the idea of us voting on the colors, they all sound good. Will be hard to choose just one.
I will be blogging about this later today and adding the button to my blog.
Sent you an email.
Thanks for putting this awesome SOC together for us!!
Let the fun begin!
I posted to my facebook about the SOC. This looks like so much fun!!!
Oooh exciting. I've voted for a colour combo I wouldn't normally use! You really got my inspiration going last year by doing that.
I mentioned you at the end of my Rocking post last week and you've been on my sidebar ages! Can't wait to start playing!
Summer of colour button has been added to my blog! http://www.cmlk79.blogspot.ca/
I found this through my friend Melita Lakai Rafanelli on Facebook. Looks like fun! If I win, I would like her to take the prize please. Sharing on Facebook now.
Those color prompts all sound fabulous to me, but I could only pick one! ;)
I've got the SOC button on my blog and have posted about it, inviting others to join in.
I can't wait to begin. I've posted the link on my blog and wrote a post about it.........can't wait for the color prompt.
I'm new to SOC, but will add the link to my next blog, and look forward to the challenges.
I've looked at the colour choices, and as far as using a colour combination is concerned I'm having a little problem - I don't know exactly what shade/tint of the colour Tiffany, Kelly, Citron, Teal and Watermelon would be. Hopefully you will provide a sample when the week begins.
This is my first time to SOC. I have got the SOC button on my side bar and will be writing about it on me next blog post. Thank you for hosting such a great event and big thanks for this great giveaway.
I have shared you site in my local Home education group. My 2 kids don't go to school they are home educated! So hopefully lots of mums AND kids will be playing along with us.
This will be My 3rd year,I think I got involved the first year.Yes,please add Me.I will put your box on My sidebar and announce your party on FB-Denise
Hello! I am excited to get started here. I have your button on my blog!!
Yay I voted so excited!
Oh I love this Kristin...so different and fun!! Looking forward to participating in each week this year. I have come a long way in my artsy challenges...lol:)
I will promote for you, too!! I also see you are in the new Somerset Gallery...can't wait to get mine!!!
Looking forward to taking part Kristin and thank you for doing this. Its been on my sidebar for weeks. x
Great idea to vote on color choices! It was hard to pick a fav though, so many nice ones! I look forward to this bit of creative summer fun!
I just bumped into this blog. It looks like so much fun, count me in, I love color =). I voted and am curiuos to find out what the color choice will turn out to be.
I placed your button in my side bar, so I (and anyone who is interested) can find you easily.
Toot, toot! Summer has arrived when Kristin puts up the fun! The badge is on my blog and I did a mini-post to encourage participation..see you on flickr and facebook too!
I sure could use that GC-thanks for the chance to win! I'm excited to be joining this challenge and added your button to my blog along with mentioning it on my posts!
Thank you for sharing this challenge with us! I can't wait to find out the color choices. I shared the link to this challenge, as well as the link to the quiz on my blog in a post titled, "What color are you?" Then i post it on fb. Thanks so much!
Hi Kristin!!!! so excited for another fun year....I have tweeted....I have blogged about this here.... http://dianaevans.blogspot.ca/2013/06/10-minute-warm-upsock-cats-in-colour.html
I have Added it to my Facebook page here.... https://www.facebook.com/DianaEvansIllustration
I also voted for the color for next week and will do whatever else I can to let the world know all about it!!!!
This sounds fun, I have voted, was hard to choose, will put button on sidebar and blog about it this week, APR and anything else I link too!
Hi, dear Kristin! I am so exited too :) and the Summer of colour button has been added on my blog! I have voted for the color and so I am thrilled to see more.
So excited to start Kristin! I love the color combos - voted on one but I would be happy with any of them :) I have posted the button on my blog, shared on my timeline on FB and also with a couple of my FB groups. I will write up a post on my blog too. Have not done that yet, but will do it in a bit. Thanks for encouraging us to create!
I can't wait!! And what a clever poll device you have figured out - so impressed!
I've had the button at the top of my sidebar since it was available and have been talking it up!
What a fun twist! I've asked my facebook fans to help vote on this week's prompt to spread the word.
So excited to play this month - I've added the SOC button to my blog and can't wait for the first challenge!
What a fun way to do this! I just added the button to my blog and look forward to playing with the colors chosen.
I can hardly wait to begin. I posted on my facebook page, and I have tweeted as well. :)
I can't wait to start. I'll pass the word on my blog, since I'm not on Facebook or Flikr. I love this idea. You are the BEST hostess to use our choices as your prompt of the week. I'm going to love, love, love this.
BTW, your SOC3 button has been on my blog since I learned about this event.
I won't vote (even though some of those combos are truly dreamy!) since I'm not going to be able to participate :(
I did put your SOC3 button at the top of my sidebar in hopes to gain a few more clicks :)
I found out about this on twitter and that's where I posted about it too! (@soulfulartists) I'm so excited for this. Color is my favorite source of inspiration and I always love trying new combos (and getting out of my color comfort zone). I don't do Facebook, so I'm so excited to see we're playing on Filckr.
Woohoooo the fun begins :) have put your button in my sidebar and will share at facebook too :) ♥ Conny
I've put the button up in my blog (yay, I remembered how!!!) and I've talked about it in my blog and on Facebook.
hiya great that u are doing SOC again this year (OMG were does the time go!!!) I just moved house and the nails/blog have had to go on hold for the time being unfortunately..but thanks so much for the reminder/invite that was rly nice of u! Wish i was organised to join in again coz it was rly fun and massive inspiration last year but hey ho...i'll just have to get inspired by everyone elses work! have a great summer. all the best x
I'm looking forward to this challenge! I have mentioned SOC in two blog post with links and have your button on my side bar. YAY!
I've added a link in my latest blogpost, and will add the button as soon as I can.
I'm joining in for the first time this year, and I'm looking forward to it! I just posted the button on my blog (gallorganico.blogspot.com), and I will blog about it later this week as well.
I found this page over Sharon who posted some posts above mine.
I am totally new to challenges but this one sounds like fun, so I decided to join it.
I've already voted for the colours and put your button on my blog. I am looking forward to the next 6 weeks!
So glad it's starting again and I love the concept this year -except when I juat tried to vote I got a message saying I didn't have permission to view this page?! Help!
I'll be putting the button on my blig tomorrow when I'm on ny pc next and will mention it in my next blog post for Friday.
I've had the badge up since last summer and then --go figure-- June snuck up on me! Saw this on FB and did try to vote but got lots of flashing boxes and saw the totals. I'll be posting about this event on my blog tomorrow--Wednesday. Can't wait to start!
Hi Kristin .... SOC is here at last!...Yaaay! :)
I've had your SOC3 blog button on my sidebar since last year!.. and will spread the word on FB.
That is an awesome prize!
Looking forward to getting all colouful next week.......
Voted and shared on FB...looking forward to participating! Thanks :)
Sounds like fun! Can't wait to create! I helped spread the word by posting the button on my blog and pinned the button on Pinterest.
Last year I just kinda lurked around to get a feel for it. This year I'm so excited to participate. This is going to be a lot of fun. I shared on my Facebook page and I tweeted about it. Is there a Pinterest button to pin it too?
Hi Kristin, I am so excited to get to participate in this blogfest again. I missed it last year and so I'm making sure to do it this year, although, sadly I will be out of town all next week...BAH! But I get home Saturday, so hoping I can maybe pull it off. :D
I posted about it, but could not figure out how to put the button in my sidebar...I'm techno challenged for sure. I will see if I can figure out today, haha!
Yippeeeeee.....so excited to see what the first colors are.
Have a great week!
Thanks for your all your hard work and super enthusiasm. You make the world a brighter place!!
I was so lucky to have found out about this event just days before it was starting! I'm really into colour challenges and welcome the inspiration, plus of course the giveaways!
I have promoted SOC 2013 in today's blog post and added the side button!
My first time in giving this a try. Shared a link on my Facebook page. Time to have some fun.
Very Nice. .! ! !
I'm new here and excited about the challenge. I shared the post on Facebook and joined both the FB and Flickr groups!
First time for me as well....it sounds great.
I finally finished the promo blog post here:
I set the post to propagate to my Twitter account and Facebook timeline; I also left links to this page (with a short explanatory post) to the Water Soluble Art and Vals Artists FB groups.
I'm so excited to start this challenge. :) I blogged about it here: http://natashamay.blogspot.com/2013/06/hobbits-and-summer-of-color.html
Hi Kristen! Dawn told me about your amazing summer challenge and I would love to join in on the fun! I just voted!!!!
Looks like fun. I added your button to my blog http://slowdownsunday.org/
and posted a link on the Operation Write Home Facebook page for card makers.
I have added your badge to my sidebar. these color choices are so fun and lively. just like summer ;-)
amazing! what great event!
I thought my post about SOC3 was supposed to go live yesterday, but I forgot about D-Day. It was up this morning and it looks like I managed to get at least one recruit.
:D I'm so excited! first time here and I look forward to this journey! :D
I'm so excited to join this summer! I posted on my FB and TW accounts. I can't wait to see all of the great artwork. Thanks for your work in this!
I came across your summer color challenge on a blog that I follow and I just have to get in on it. I shared your link with my Creative FaceBook that I am in.
Yay! Finally - I wrote a blog post! Lol. Of course I wrote about SOC 3. I wouldn't miss it! I need some color inspiration. :) Looking forward to the next couple of weeks! xoxo, Jen
Put your button on my blog...going to enjoy the next three weeks...
The button is already on my sidebar and I am so excited to join the event also this year. last year I enjoyed it so much! Many thanks for this great summer fun!!!!
I am so excited to have come across your blog and SOC3. I posted your button on my side bar and did a blog post (http://happyhomeschoolroom.blogspot.com/2013/06/summer-of-color-artisist-choice.html), and I tweeted about it as well. I'm really excited to do this, and seeing how others interpet the weekly challenge. The chance of winning the DBGC is just a bonus. Thanks, Kim <3
My first time, so exited! :) The button is on my sidebar!
This will be my first year and I'm really looking forward to it! I'm putting the button on my blog as a way to spread the news!
Looking forward to this event. Sounds refreshing and the perfect inspiration for summer! I will add this button to my blog and update this morning's post to reflect my participation. Woo-hoo!
First time for me as well. Will add the link to my sidebar and do a comment on my next post. Looking forward to this. Thanks.
The Giveaway for the Introductory Week is now closed. Thank you for all of your support and congratulations to Leslie from Words of Me Project for her win! xo
Hi there, I know the giveaway has closed now but I've shared this all over the place anyway! I'm late to the party because we've been away but just wanted to say how excited I am to take part in another six weeks of mouthwatering colour combos - thanks Kirstin, you're a marvel!:o)xxx
I've just been looking at Diana Evans week1 colours and they are super. I think I would like to join in to if this okay
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