Friday, January 8, 2010

Are you up for a challenge? Wanna play along?

It is the one year anniversary of this Blog! Hooray! I have enjoyed blogging so much this past year!
It’s a New Year with new goals, and I am renewing my commitment to blogging and improving my work by initiating a challenge to myself and to all of you who would like to join in. I hope that by the end of the challenge I will have new and varied work to show in the summer season

Here is the goal: To complete a finished piece of artwork, piece of jewelry, Art Bead or Beads that illustrates each of the following color schemes within the time allotted.

Each color scheme will be open for 4 weeks, and a new color scheme will be announced every 2 weeks. This is a rotating schedule—it’s a little crazy I know, but I would like to finish it up before the busy summer season. I will list the time frame for anyone (like me) who would like to plan ahead!

So If you would like to participate, please share your photos with me and add them to the flickr group ArtisanClay here-- So please create anything in your favorite medium hopefully within the time frame listed and share your photos of what you come up with. So for the challenge on this ArtisanClay blog, you can make anything! No limits to your materials! It's just for fun! Please label your photo with the color scheme you are working with. example: Monochromatic, yellowgreen

There’s more! Many of you know that I blog for the Beads-of-Clay Blog. We will be holding the same challenge over on the Beads-of-Clay blog—there is just 2 differences in the rules.

1. Fabulous prizes from Beads-of-Clay bead and button artists will be awarded to one of the entries in each of the different color schemes at the end of the allotted time.
2. Each entry on the Beads-of-Clay color challenge must include a clay bead, button, cabochon ect made from one of these materials -- Porcelain, stoneware, earthenware, terra cotta, raku, Egyptian paste, and clay slip – so that means earthen clay only. The entry itself can be a Bead of Clay or Set of Clay beads, or an entry can include a bead of clay. Entries are not limited to wearable arts.

Entries in the challenge should be added to the Beads-of-Clay flickr group in order to be considered for the Fabulous Prizes! Please also label your photo with the color scheme you are working with. example: Monochromatic, yellowgreen

What do you think? Are you ready to have fun, and stretch your use of color?

I will attempt to define and illustrate each color scheme on or around the opening date for each scheme for those of us who may need a reminder.

Color Challenge Time line

Monochromatic color scheme January 8th-Febuary 5th
Analogous color scheme January 22-Febuary 19th
Complementary color scheme February 5th- March 5th
Split-complementary color scheme February 19th- March 19th
Tetradic color scheme March 5th- April 2nd
Neutral color scheme March 19th- April 16th
Accented neutral color scheme April 2- April 30th
Warm and Cool Color Schemes April 16th- May 14th

Here is a very useful tool that I found to help with the challenge--
It generates color schemes!

Wikipedia says this about color schemes—Here is a link--


  1. wow! this sounds really fun! thanks for thinking of it... besides getting ready for selling in the summer, it will help with publication submissions... i somehow cannot wrap my brain around (for example) summer in the cold of winter...

  2. Yay! I am so happy to have company!

  3. Love the Idea. Just a question: the color scheme is defined by you or we pick up?
    Best Regards, Helena

  4. Welcome Helena!
    The first color scheme is Monochromatic, so you would pick any monochromatic scheme you like.

    Does that make sense and help?

  5. Than you. I´m working on it already.


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