Friday, January 30, 2009

CIC Teasuries!






* Here are the latest CIC Team Treasuries!
* Listed as they are reported & updated throughout the day!
* Please take a look at these fantastic treasuries & comment on them.
* Then be sure to blog about them, Twitter about them, StumbleUpon them or whatever it is you can do to promote them!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Inspiring Color

I came across Kris's Color Stripes, an amazing blog with an amazing idea - she takes inspirations from things around her and creates color palettes based on them. What an incredible way to hone your color instincts!

This is such a cool idea I want to do it myself. I think it would a great lesson in really looking at what makes color combinations work, and then using those palettes in art, craft, decor or clothing. Either way it would be a great starting point in design, no matter what kind.

This is a set of three palettes she created out of pictures by Iris Velghe, who does some amazing photography, as you can see.










And one of Kris's many other sources of inspiration:




And then I discovered she's a fellow Etsyian (of course!)...so here's some of her own work, available in her shop.





Hope this inspires you to seek out colors that speak to you!

Azra

Monday, January 26, 2009

CIC Treasuries

* Here are the latest CIC Team Treasuries!
* Listed as they are reported & updated throughout the day!
* Please take a look at these fantastic treasuries & comment on them.
* Then be sure to blog about them, Twitter about them, StumbleUpon them or whatever it is you can do to promote them!


















Etsy Voter: Valentines Day!

There's another contest up on Etsy! This week we can vote for our favourite Valentines Day items! A couple of our team members are nominated again, so let's vote!

The team members I spotted are:

Pulp Sushi
Glamasaurus

It would be great if you would vote for one of them!

Our team is getting big, so I might not have spotted all nominated members. If you are one, or spot one, please let me know so I can add you to this post!

Multicolored Monday

Some hearts for Valentines Day

Upcycled Denim and Hearts Passport Cover by BreeLeeD



Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Color Culture: Pink!

Hello, all you colorful crafters! I'll be doing some guest posts here and this is my first. Before I begin, here are the post ideas I sent to Tizz, which she graciously approved:

1) Inspiration: Artists choose one or more pieces and write about what inspired their color choice. We may uncover some interesting sources of inspiration!

2) Psychology of Color: Posts realted to how colors affect us and related info, one color at a time.

3) Color Trends: News tidbits from around the world about what's new in art and craft color choices.

4) Color Cultures: Etsy is global, so influences are diverse. Each culture brings its own signature color aethetic, so maybe posts about culture-specific color, like the Tuareg's indigo, or the saffron of Indian priests, and how cross-pollination is changing the way we look at color.

I'll try to do a weekly post on any one of these topics, but your suggestions are most welcome.

Since Linda Boucher already did a great post on color, I'll do one on culture today.

Have you ever hesitated to use pink in your work? In the Western world pink can sometimes have a negative connotation as being frivolous or effeminate. In India, it is generally celebrated in all its manifestations, making its mark even in architecture!

Just take a look at these majestic buildings of Jaipur, the country's famed Pink City. Back in the 1700s, the Maharajah who built it had the palaces painted pink to emulate the sandstone monuments of the Mughals.

To show you just a few-

The Palace of Winds:





City Palace buildings:







Not pink, but I couldn't resist including this magnificent Peacock Gate:



I love the detail in these peacocks - hundreds of years old, and now back in vogue!



And here are some gorgeous pink patchwork rustic Indian wall hangings, sparkling with sequins.





In Jaipur even the elephants are decorated!




Handmade puppets for street shows...




This type of jewelry is called Meenakari.




Colorful parasols in the marketplace - fit for a princess!




And some Jaipur-inspired art from AllPosters.




Jaipur artisans also make lovely blue pottery, but more on that later.

Hope this post was enjoyable and inspirational! Do you have a cultural color that influences your work?

Until next time,
Azra

Pictures courtesy gangesindia.com, saharaglobal and travelpod.com
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