Tuesday, May 1, 2012

One Purple Crayon Preparation

Purple.  I like it.  It's a good color.  I picked it as my "one crayon" in Sally R.'s challenge that's due to post on Saturday.  So, for the last several weeks, I've been focused on purple.  I want to go mixed media...not just jewelry.  So, I started with some painting.
I actually had a ton of liquid media in purple--ink, markers, and dye.  But, alas, I needed an excuse to run to Michael's late on a Saturday night so I decided to try some acrylics and bought about a dozen different hues of purple.  I then went to town with some experiments on several different surfaces.  Determined that I'm a bigger fan of paper and watercolor-y-inky styles than acrylics.  But, that being said, I have some kinda cool effects to use as backgrounds that I was able to come up with on some wood pieces.  Now I just have to figure out where to go from here.
I made a few sketches and then went shopping in my second-bedroom/craft-disaster-room for anything I could find that's some version of purple.  I was able to come up with a pretty significant stack of goodness which, of course, has been piled up on my kitchen counter now for two weeks.  Apparently if I look at it 50 times a day it will inspire me more.  Uh, not exactly.  
 Instead I just take pictures of the pile and dust around it.  All those round shapes and soft yard and ribbon edges make me want to do something linear.  Is that strange?  I found that while I was in my collage class at Art & Soul a few weeks ago that I tend to put things in straight lines.  I guess it's a throwback (or throwover, since it's still there) to my military side.  We tend to line things up in straight lines.  Or, for those of us who've been around a while, we used to...nowadays the youngsters aren't quite so straight and narrow.  haaaaaaaaaa  Now that I'm over 20 years, I can talk like that. 
 Anyway, I'm excited to sit down with this mishmashmosh of goodies and see what comes out.  Think amethyst rocks, bright purple coils, and a delicious painted background.  Will it work?


  1. Looking forward to seeing what you create with this wonderful selection. Love the color choice too!

  2. Purple is a fabulous colour and I love that wash of purples on your first photo. I like straight lines too and I like lining things up, making them tidy and organized. Maybe I neglected the possibility of a military career?

  3. Wait... you have time to dust?


    I love this challenge and wish I could have taken part. Can't wait to see it! And I love the way your mind works.

    Enjoy the day!

  4. Love all those purple photos! can't wait to see it! :)

  5. You're funny! I chose purple too. Now all my beady stuff is packed up bc of the leak in my roof and ceiling in my spare beadroom. I hope I can get it done! Can't wait to see yours!

  6. Is it wrong that I want to raid your table?


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