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CC: Bit of Blue Reboot, series 2.0

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CC: Bit of Blue Reboot, series 2.0
Swap Coordinator:Angie (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Handmade  Mail Art 
Number of people in swap:16
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:September 15, 2016
Date items must be sent by:October 17, 2016
Number of swap partners:1

Create a collage for your partner that is only neutral colors with just a bit of blue.

Neutrals means no colors only shades of brown. You may choose to depict neutral with black and white.

Many of us enjoyed Fi's color series that began back in autumn of 2014. Has it been that long? Yep.

With Fi's kind permission, I'm going to give the color series a reboot. This will serve as a refresher for some of us and an opportunity for others to get on board. Once we all get back up to speed, I hope Fi will be able to join us and lead us in more creatively inspired swaps in this color series.

Text mostly lifted from Fi's original swap ...

From a nighttime sky to a deep blue sea, the color blue expands our horizons and blankets our dreams. We trust blue (bestowing its authority on our men and women in uniform), depend on blue (granting blue chip stocks their fiscal reliability), see blue as masculine (bundling up our baby boys and decorating their nurseries), and perceive it as both calming and cooling. On the other hand, we all get the blues at one time or another, and blue can be the moody underside to our otherwise rosy dispositions.

For centuries, blue has remained unique in its polarities. It represents both the working class (whether they're clad in blue denim or blue collar) and the very rich (outfitted in royal blue, with blue blood running through their veins). It's a color ever present in our sea and skies—hence our "blue planet"—but rarely present in more earthbound plants and beings.

The intention of this series of swaps is to explore the power of color used sparingly, with the greatest part of the collage being colors I am calling "neutrals." By "neutrals" I mean not just white, the infinite greys, and black, but also all the various shades of brown, which include cream and pale tan. This time you will create a collage with mostly neutrals and just a bit of blue. After this, we have one more swap in the series: "A Bit of Purple."

So! Your challenge, this month, is to make one collage postcard of any size or shape with mostly neutrals and just a bit of blue as the allowed colors. You may use any shade of blue—pale blue, bright blue, turquoise, and so on. This swap is "sender's choice," which is another way of saying, "don't look at your partner's profile." In fact, this whole series is about developing your own imagination as a collage artist, not about pleasing your partner. Think of it as a chance to expand your repertoire! You may, of course, add other media of all ilk to the PC, but collage should be the main medium. Mail it naked unless there are flimsy bits. Mail it by October 15th.


How much, exactly, is "a bit of blue"? I've debated about naming a specific percentage—such as less than 5%, less than 10%, whatever. Instead, I've decided you should let yourself be guided by the examples I've provided below. (Please note that my scanner is no good at turquoise, so the last two examples may look sort of green.) Past that, it's up to you to decide what's "a bit."

Does the neutral portion have to include a shade of brown? Not at all. You may restrict yourself to black, white & grey in the neutrals, or even purely black & white with no shades of grey. You get to pick which neutrals you use. But if you can stay away from the very orange- or yellow-toned browns, and very blue- or green-toned greys, please do so. In other words, in your neutrals, lean toward undersaturated.

May I include a teensy bit of other color(s) than blue? Yes you may, so long as the amount of the other color(s) is quite a bit less than the amount of blue.

Some examples of mostly neutrals with a bit of blue:

Have fun! I hope the examples will inspire you to try new and different things. =grin=

I hope you'll consider sharing a picture of your creation in the group's Creative Collage Flickr group. I enjoy seeing everyone's interpretation of these swaps and it's a way for us to continue to "mingle" after the swap ends.

Image above from Joan Northwood at Flickr


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