27 January 2013

Collecting Colours : 2013

Leave things to the last minute? No, of course not...there's still heaps of a few days left in January, right?* 

So..without further ado, here's my monthly project for 2013 - Collecting Colours. The sharp eyed amongst you will have noticed the extra 's' in the title - this year my collections are going to feature colour pairs (see the list below). This part of the project was very much inspired by Brandi's seriously awesome 'Color Theory 101' posts. 

Another difference to last year is that my collections are going to be 'virtual' - they will be photographic diptychs of appropriately coloured things rather than an actual, tangible collection of objects. I'm a bit sad about this as I really loved the process of hunting about the house and arranging all the stuff, but I do need something a bit more portable for 2013 so diptychs it is. This part of the project was definitely inspired by Louise Hawson's beautiful pairings throughout her 52 Suburbs Around The World project, click on over and have a look but fair warning - you may lose hours of your life in wanderlust.

Oh yes, and because 2013 is the year of the pom pom I'm also going to make a pom pom inspired by each colour pair, just for fun! Anyway, enough about me, here's some information for you if you want to play along (and I'd love it if you do!).

What is the Collecting Colours challenge? Each month you use the colour pairings as a jumping off point to curate a collection, real or virtual. You might collect objects from your environment (like I did last year), you might 'collect' photographs (like I'm doing this year), or you might even create a collection of watercolours, prints, granny squares... It's really up to you - the key thing is that whatever you create needs to feature just the colour pair nominated for each month.

What exactly do you mean by 'green'? Or 'red'? Or 'blue'? Well, that's really up to you. I've left the colour descriptions deliberately vague, as part of the challenge is figuring out what pairings work for you. For example, I always see pink and green as involving a soft pink and a light grassy green, but you might go for a super hot pink and a deeper green.

How do I share my collection? At some point during the month (hopefully towards the start!) I'll be doing a Collecting Colours blog post which will include a place to put your links (like this one).  January's post is clearly going to be a bit delayed, but I'll leave the link open for four weeks regardless of when I do the post.

You can also share your images in the Flickr group, or on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook - just mention me and/or #collectingcolours in the post so I get to see it!

Does it matter if I miss a month, or if I'm a bit late? No, of course not! Feel free to join in whenever and however you can.

Any questions? Leave a comment below or get in touch via email - jorpins_blog [at] yahoo.com.au


*One of the reasons for the delay in getting this on the blog was that I was determined to to the graphics in Photoshop (remember it's one of my 13 things in 2013?), and I did - hurrah!

12 comments:

  1. YES! those pairings by Louise Hawson are Brilliant, thanks for the reminder - oh i'd forgotten how much i loved them! and they DO inspire you to start something of your own. It's amazing the power of 'the series'!

    Good luck with your new + s project Emily! i look forward to watching and dabbling myself when i can!

    xo

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    1. Thanks Alex and I hope you do get to play along some months, I'd love to see what you come up with! x

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  2. Colour pairs! Love it Emily.
    I shall endeavour to play along. :)

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    1. Hooray! I loved seeing your colour inspired finds last year, so glad you'll be joining in again!

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  3. Hi Emily, I am going to play along too. "Collecting Colours" might just be the motivation I need to keep blogging right now...
    Just don't expect anything fancy. Ha-ha!

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  4. Sounds wonderful Emily! Very excited xx

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  5. YES! I've been waiting for this post, and I'm definitely going to try to get each one done this year. I especially love how mobile this challenge is - it so easily fits into my life right now!!

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  6. This is sweet :) I would love to join in!

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  7. I just saw this, so I missed January. I guess I will go straight to February. :) I will post about this on my blog as well and try to get some others to do it.

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  8. On the note of being late. I think I want/need in on this. I saw your last few colour posts and thought it was a neat idea, and then I slowly figured out you were inviting people to participate! April is still young, I might make this the first month of my colour year! :o)

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  9. this whole idea is making my head fizzy! must dash to an appointment..but..later....!

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