This is actually the third time Erin of Tesori Trovati is hosting this challenge. This time she teamed up with Color Girl, Brandi Hussey, to bring us a brilliant visual exploration of our planet. They gathered satellite pictures of Earth from the "Earth As Art" image gallery maintained by the USGS, and Brandi created color palettes from these pictures. Each of the participants were given two color palette choices to play with. There are 80 participants, and that is a TON of hard work from these ladies! So a big round of applause for them before we move on! Thank you SO much, both of you!
I was offered these two choices:
Both are beautiful, but I knew I would have time only for one. So I picked the Okavango Delta because of the wide range of colors in this palette! And I guess I always gravitate towards warmer colors like these.
So....a little about the Okavango Delta. I had never heard about it before, and am having a tough time saying its name ;-) It lies in the northwest of Botswana bordering Namibia. It is formed by the Okavango River, which rises in the heart of Angola to the north and west, then flows over 1200 kilometres south, then east away from the Atlantic Ocean through Namibia into Botswana. There it fans out into a huge delta approximately 15000 sq. kms in size and appears to disappear abruptly into the Kalahari Desert. And here is a map I found which looks EXACTLY like the photograph above, without the color! What a difference color makes! Wow!
Oh, right, you are here to see the jewelry I made using this as inspiration. To tell you the truth, I had a VERY hard time with this challenge. I had never used color palettes before, and this was like making me color inside the lines with a limited number of crayons ;-) Add to that the fact that while I love color, I usually do not mix them up, my designs are quite often monochrome, with a metal thrown in for contrast.
So I stared at the picture for a long long time, and decided to start with the greens. Rummaged through my beads, and found these headpins I bought from Humblebeads during a retreat I attended last month in Michigan.
They had pretty much all the shades of green that I needed! After that point, it was easy going, actually. I hit my pink and purple bead boxes, found the rest of my ingredients and made these:
I bought the purple swirly beads during that trip to Michigan as well. In fact, I met Erin there! And that's when she told us about this upcoming challenge and I signed up as soon as she announced it :)
Coming back to the purple bead...it has some lovely shades of pink, lavender, purple and blue, and a really wonderful shape.
This is just another view of the purple bead so you can see its shape. Isn't it cute?
This is how I would style them....oh, am already thinking of Spring now!
The earrings are available in my Etsy store!
I was hoping to make more pieces...but.......sigh....
And now its time to visit the other folks using these magical images to create more magic!
Oh, and Erin is going to give away a prize to one of her visitors who leaves her a comment...so go do that too!
Erin Prais-Hintz http://treasures-found.
Rebecca Anderson http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Kris Auderer http://strandedinthecity.
Chrizette Bayman http://beadsoupmix.blogspot.
Lori Bowring Michaud http://artfullyornamental.
Courtney Breul http://beadsbybreul.blogspot.
Lynsey Brooks http://
Stephanie Buss http://maxandlucie.blogspot.
Iveth Caruso http://www.creativeatelier.
Shannon Chomanczuk http://www.
Lisa Cone http://inspiredadornments.
Cece Cormier http://thebeadingyogini.com
Lori Dorrington http://lorisglassworks.
Dawn Doucette http://designsbydawnmarie.
Jeannie Dukic http://site.jkdjewelry.com/
Kim Dworak http://cianciblue.blogspot.
Beth Emery http://storiesbyindigoheart.
Janice Everett http://JLynnJewels.blogspot.
Pam Farren http://www.re-maker.blogspot.
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-
Gloria Ferrer http://judetaama.blogspot.
Cherrie Fick http://designsinthelight.co
Therese Frank http://www.
Patty Gasparino http://www.mylifeunderthebus.
Tanya Goodwin http://pixiloo.blogspot.com/
Ambra Gostoli http://chicandfrog.wordpress.
Jess Green http://tabbiekoshka.blogspot.
Denielle Hagerman http://
Mary Harding www.
Karla Hartzog http://www.karlakrafts.com
Kim Hora http://www.kimmykats.com
Brandi Hussey http://brandigirlblog.com
Emanda Johnson http://ArtemisiaStudio.
Jennifer Justman http://soulsfiredesigns.
Sue Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Ema Kilroy http://emakaye.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman http://Stregajewellry.
Linda Landig http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com
Kirsi Luostarinen http://kirsiluokorut.
Cynthia Machata http://antiquitytravelers.
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca
Beth McCord http://www.
Mary K McGraw http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/
Karen Mitchell http://www.overthemoon-
Cheri Mitchell-Reed http://
Aimee Moisa http://threecatsdancing.
Karla Morgan http://www.texaspepperjams.
Penny Neville http://copperpennydesigns.
Becky Pancake http://
Kashmira Patel http://sadafulee.blogspot.com
Alice Peterson http://alice-dreaming.
Kayla Potega http://www.teejewelry.
Debbie Price http://greenshoot.blogspot.
Bobbie Rafferty http://beadsong.blogspot.com
Caron Reid http://caronmichelle.
Nicole Rennell http://nicolerennell.com/blog
Cynthia Riggs http://cynthsblog.blogspot.
Andrea Ross http://silvermapledesigns.
Sally Russick http://thestudiosublime.com
Annie Scherz http://www.studioluma.ca
Pam Sears http://crazycreativecorner.
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.
Sandra Stein http://sannipanni.wordpress.
Kristen Stevens http://kristen-beadjourney.
Tracy Stillman http://www.
Sherri Stokey http://www.knotjustmacrame.
Lola Survillo http://www.beadlolabead.
Kay Thomerson http://KayzKreationz.
Jo Tinley http://
Emma Todd http://www.apolymerpenchant.
Cory Tompkins http://www.tealwaterdesigns.
Pam Traub http://www.klassyjoolz.
Melissa Trudinger http://beadrecipes.wordpress.
Michelle Tucker http://
Shelley Graham Turner http://www.
Monique Urquhart http://ahalfbakednotion.
Rachel Van-Walsk http://balancedcrafts.com/
Patti Vanderbloemen http://www.
Lesley Watt http://thegossipinggoddess.
Lynn White http://lynnwhitejewelry.com/
Joan Williams http://www.lilrubyjewelry.com