Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Challenge of Color Reveal...

Today is the reveal day for participants of the Challenge of Color, created by the lovely and ultra talented Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry. Erin created a grid of 12 colors, instructing each participant to select one hue. I chose teal for my color.

She then selected color palettes from Design Seeds, one for each person, based on the hue we selected. Design Seeds has an endless supply of inspiring color palettes! Mine was Silk Hues. Both the name and hues in the color palette are beautiful. I have never combined teal with pink, so this was definitely a challenge of color for me!

After bringing the Silk Hues color palette up on my monitor, I started looking through my bead collection. I had already envisioned using teal leather cord, but wasn't quite sure what beads I wanted to work with. Another part of the challenge for me was to create a piece of jewelry with beads that I already own, rather than purchasing new ones. I pulled everything that fell into the color palette and set them on my bead table. I was instantly drawn to teal javanese glass disc beads. They have a contemporary style to them, which I love, so I let them set the tone for my design. I then started adding in round watermelon dolomite marble beads. This is the first time I have ever used those colors together! The result is fun and contemporary!

I had a lot of fun with Erin's Challenge of Color. It really encouraged me to create outside of my comfort zone. This necklace is by far the most colorful piece I have ever created! Thank you Erin for such an awesome design challenge!!

Now on to to see what the other participants have created...

  Norma Turvey Teal Color Crave 
  Jeannie Dukic Green Mineral Tones 
  Mary McGraw Teal Embellished Hues 
  Jo Tinley Red Decadent Tones 
  Rebecca Anderson Pink Tulip Tones 
  Kristi Jaro Red Temple Entrance 
  Stephani Gorman Green Dew Tones 
  Melissa Meman Green Fruit Star 
  Kathleen Lange Klik Teal Silk Hues 
  Cynthia Riggs Red Autumn Comfort 
  Heidi Post Teal Flora Bright 
  Cece Cormier Teal Merino Teal 
  Amy Freeland Gray Cultured Tones 
  Alice Peterson Blue Island Play 
  Rose Noble Gray Autumn Stacked 
  Kristina Johansson Yellow Sunny Flower 
  Kirsi Luostarinen Teal Dragon Hues 
  Tari Kahrs Orange Citrus Tones 
  Mallory Hoffman Purple Petaled Dark 
  Molly Alexander Brown Peppered Tones 
  Regina Santerre Red Frosted Berry 
  Emanda Johnson Teal Color Purl 
  Amy Severino Orange Winged Tones 
  Bobbie Rafferty Teal Lime Hues 
  Tanya Goodwin Gray Pecked Tones
  Lisa Lodge Blue Nocturnal Tones 
  Hope Smitherman Blue Bloom Tones 
  Linda Landig Green Cacti Dark 
  Ambra Gostoli Teal Perched Autumn 
  Lori Bowring-Michaud Blue Sharpened Blue 
  Pippa Chandler Teal Hungarian Hues 
  Keirsten Giles Purple Mineral Brights 
  Jennifer Justman Blue Autumn Rays 
  Sandy Richardson Purple Moroccan Brights 
  CJ Bauschka Teal Teal Air 
  Shaiha Williams Teal Sushi Hues 
  Kay Thomerson Purple Autumn Spectrum 
  Sally Russick Purple Golden Gate Tones 
  Cilla Watkins Purple Autumn Infused 
  Shirley Moore Purple Frozen Heather 
  Jenni Connolly Gray Paw Tones 
  Tamara Soper Green Field Tones 
  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Blue Nested Blues 
  Jen Velasquez Pink Sweetened Tints 
  Maria Grimes Red Bright Bloom 
  Elisabeth Auld Gray Petaled Tints 
  Susan Kennedy Pink Zinnia Tones 
  Shannon Chomanczuk Gray Autumn Leaf 
  Holly Westfall Yellow Sprinkled Tones 
  Patty Gasparino Red Color Carton 
  Angela Little Pink Singapore Brights
  Lizzie Zawinski Green Budding Hues
  Kristen Stevens Green Scooped Tones
  Dawn Doucette Brown Jarred Tones


  1. I LOVE this necklace!! So clean and simple and such beautiful colours. Wow is all I can say!!

  2. very pretty piece and fun colours to work with....

  3. You did a great job pulling from this palette. I always have trouble with disk/rondelle shaped beads - but clearly, you don't! Your necklace is gorgeous!

  4. Love the color palette Erin selected for you. Actually I haven't seen a bad one yet.

    Your necklace is just gorgeous! I love the different colors and textures you used, and the teal and watermelon colors go together suprisingly well.

  5. What I love about this is all the different shapes and the leather is a nice finish. High Five

  6. That is so pretty. I love the disc beads and the teal and pink work so well together.

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  8. I chose teal and got some pinks too. I love what you did here - the dark teal discs with the bright pink balls has a very Mid-century Modern feel. The asymmetricality is perfect!

  9. What a sweet necklace! Perfectly balanced, clean and modern. Love the translucent glass discs with the other beads, and the cording is the perfect soft touch--but still clean and modern! Gorgeous.

  10. That is so lovely! I like the leather that you've used to finish it.

  11. I love the ribbon combo for your piece, and how the red beads and geometry plays you have going :)

  12. What a great palette! You are right, a wonderful modern design. Love that leather so much. Great job!

  13. The asymmetrical design of your necklace is really perfect. And the javanese discs are gorgeous. Well done!


  14. You did a great job. I think your palette was challenging, but your result is fabulous. I love the balance of your asymmetrical design.

  15. Wow! I love what you came up with.. So fun and modern. That is definitely one necklace that I would be happy to wear.

  16. Very nice color and the design is soo lovely
    Be blessed to be a blessing

  17. Would so totally wear this necklace. The leather cord is the perfect touch and a great color of teal. I also like the reddish pink beads in between the disk beads. Very nice design.

  18. I think that you interpreted this brilliantly. It is quite amazing isn't it, that you already have enough in a stash to use all the colors in that palette. I love the leather strap, the color is perfect and it looks so soft. I also love the way you used the graduated red-pink beads. Great pops of color!
    Thank you for taking on the challenge of color with me!
    Enjoy the day.

  19. love the colors you got to work with! And your necklace is simply beautiful!

  20. Kathleen, Oh wow, this is a stunner of a necklace!! It's just gorgeous, great work with that beautiful palette :)

  21. Love your approach to these bold, enticing colors - you've turned them into magic!

  22. It was fun participating in this challenge with you!

  23. Your clean lines are just beautiful! I am inspired to try a similar approach!:)

  24. I love the very contemporary piece you created.All the colors work so well together and are a great match to your palette, well done.

  25. Such a beautiful piece! I am mesmerized by the shape of it: so simple, and yet...not. The graduated beads between the teal discs makes this design so fluid and draws the eye through the structure of it. Simply stunning!

  26. I love those colors. And that teal leather is great with the piece. It looks so fun.

  27. A playful and modern necklace! I like the simple but strong shapes and how you work mainly with the cold colours in the design. Great job!

  28. Kathleen, I absolutely love your necklace. I love that it's asymmetrical, but symmetrical at the same time. It's a perfect example of color balance brilliance!

    I'm a new follower of your blog and so glad I was introduced to you via the challenge! Have a terrific evening!

  29. Of course I love teal so really like your necklace and how you incorporated the gorgeous leather into your design.

  30. Gorgeous piece, Kathleen! LOVE it, totally wearable and feminine but sleek and modern and... just lovely lol. :D

  31. So very pretty! You seem perfectly comfortable working outside your normal comfort zone.

  32. Pretty! I have never used these colors together but they look great.
    Shannon C

  33. I wouldn't even dream of this on my own but it's stunning and I love the leather! Beautiful!

  34. Fantastic interpretation of the palette! My palette was teal too -- favorite color, real challenge. Erin is wicked fun, isn't she?!


  35. Gorgeous interpretation of the color palette! Such a sharp, clean design! STUNNING!!!

    Beautifully photographed!!

  36. What an amazing palette! You did an awesome job and I love the finished piece! Congrats!

  37. Just one word... perfect! And another... Beautiful!

  38. Kathleen, your necklace is very pretty I really like the colors and the contemporary design of your piece.

  39. I love the addition of the leather cord, and I love that the necklace is asymmetrical. You did a wonderful job, and the colors look wonderful together!

    -- Sarah

  40. This is such a stunning necklace! I like your clean but unique design. You've done a fabulous job with that palette.

  41. Looooove it - really like the teal cord. Beautiful!

  42. The teal cord is awesome! Beautiful job and beautiful colors!

  43. Really really beautiful necklace! I love EVERYTHING about it! Enjoy wearing this!!!

  44. Wow, how minimally fresh and stylish. Beautiful. Sounds like you enjoyed pushing your colour boundaries!

  45. your design is stunning - very modern. love it!

  46. Beautiful necklace! Ditto on the modern comment - very interesting!