The Summer of Color has begun and I’m delighted to be playing along again. This annual challenge hosted by the sparkly Kristin of Twinkle, Twinkle invites folks to create something (anything – the sky is the limit!) using a particular palette announced each week. In this year’s iteration we’re coloring by number, and this week’s equation is 1 Blue + 1 Blue + 1 Green, meaning we get to choose 2 shades of blue and 1 shade of green and have at it. Sounds like a formula for fun to me, and I do hope you’ll consider playing along as well.
I had fun last year creating small little journals each week using the prescribed colors and then filling them with notes and photos and scrappy little bits of what happened during the week. And when I was done I had a nice little series capturing my summer. I loved that practice on so many levels and so I’ve decided I’ll return to it again this summer.
It’s my intention to include at least one bit of handmade paper in each week’s journal, and of course the fun for me is to use scraps and bits and stuff readily lying around my work table and studio. The intention is to be inspired by what’s there and not “work” at creating something precious or perfect – this is strictly creating at its most basic fun.
And so here’s my first journal:
The inspiration was actually this vintage glass flower cab, a simple example of a millefiori (thousand flowers) piece of glass. My mind has been racing with garden metaphors lately and so what better way to start documenting my summer that with a pretty flower?
While I was putting together the journal, I started wondering how blue came to be associated with sadness. What if instead we used blue as the Egyptian god Amun did – to color his skin so he could fly across the sky invisibly? Wouldn’t that be fun?
And how did green get connected with envy? Well, it’s more likely the association was actually with jealousy (and this is definitely how Shakespeare meant it with his phrase green-eyed monster) but I’ve read suggestions that as far back as the ancient Greeks working with the system of four humours – blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile – felt an excess of yellow bile provoked envy and jealousy. There is a substance in bile which in certain medical conditions can build up in the body and turn the skin yellow/green, which perhaps is where the association first has its origins.
Now that I’ve been thinking about it I have to admit the green I chose for my journal isn’t the most fabulous shade I might have chosen, veering somewhat into the realm of bile. Sigh. However, it did meet my criteria of being handmade and I thought it went rather well with the two blues that matched the cabochon colors, so I calling it perfect.
Speaking of perfect and blue flowers, now that my peonies have faded for another year, I’m delighting in my blue tradescantia, a lovely example of spiderwort. Butterflies love these beauties as well so I’m hoping they’ll attract plenty of visitors of the bee and butterfly variety.
And so there you have it, my first journal along with two facts (or is it fancies?) about blue and a fact about green. The Summer of Color has officially begun in my world. What about you? What treasures are coloring your world today? Feeling blue? Green with envy? Wish you had a thousand flowers? Do tell – you know I love to hear.