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Challenge # 10-2013 MMDT Monochromatic Color

Challenge #10 Photo Challenge: Inspired by Monochromatic Color

My favorite spot at the home improvement stores is the paint aisle. I love to look at the paint chips! It was also a great spot to go for some monochromatic color inspiration!

As a child I loved the many colors of Crayola crayons, but was severely limited by the box of eight or sixteen I had…I longed for the BIG box…and all those colors! Years later my love of color hasn’t diminished. It has crossed into my watercolors, markers, papers, floss and fabric!

For last year’s color challenge I chose purple and presented "Passionate for Purple." This time I thought I’d explore one of the color families that I tend to lean towards, something I'm comfortable with, blues and greens, and explore the possibilities and see more, so today I’m going to go with GREEN for this Monochromatic Color Challenge.

(The down side of going with green has been having strains of Barry McGuire with the New Christie Minstrels singing “Green, Green” constantly going through my head, and thoughts of Ireland’s Forty Shades of Green.)

The arrival of spring (finally!) was the actual inspiration for my choice. Green was all around! There are so many shades of green; nature is full of examples in every hue, shade, tone and tint. My studio provided many items to contribute to the challenge and I found green to be one of the tastier colors as well! Think of all the foods that are green, from sweet and tangy fruits to the crisp fresh lettuces for a summer salad. The photo challenge being Monochromatic I included the hues of greens from blue-greens to the yellow-greens along with the varied shades, tones and tints of each and tried to group them together on the pages.  


Color Wheel courtesy of Operation Write Home


I find it a calming, soothing color. It can also be vivid, vibrant and bold. In spring it shouts for attention in every new leaf. It frames every flower that lifts its head from the ground making it stand out and shine on its own, while quietly filling in the background. Being spring, I just had to make the most of all that’s out there. I wanted to see how many variations of color and textures could be found and bring an interesting layout together.


Green is a serene color and makes a pleasant choice for a room where you want to relax. Thinking of things green to shoot I thought of apples, kiwis, limes, grapes, avocados, watermelon rinds and mint chocolate chip ice cream!  Included is a sea urchin shell, a sunflower beginning to grow, clover and a newly budded dogwood bloom. Threads, fabric and floss, Prismacolor pencils and twinkling H2O watercolors joined the collection. Even a few M&M’s and a Sprite bottle were included. I tried shooting photos from different angles and perspectives to get the looks I wanted and then cropped photos in ways to increase interest in them. The floss and H2O’s were cropped to use as smaller sections repeatedly alongside like colors.

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My title/journal block includes some of the words I associate with the color green. It is written on a Mosaic Moments Pear Crush Paper Tile and double mounted on Bazzill cardstocks Lime Crush and Kiwi Crush. I chose to work on White 12x12 Mosaic Moments Grid Paper. I love the way the color shows so well against the crisp clean white.


Why not pick your favorite color and see what you can do and join us in this challenge…we’d love to have you along!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.


STOP THE PRESSES!! My Lowe’s ad is in for the week and they now have PANTONE Colors in their paint line!!! This year’s color of the year is Emerald Green!!! Love it!! This is my other source of colors that are green…Isabella’s Pantone Color Book! Don't you love the names?

Shared by Andrea Fisher on May 21, 2013 | Memory Date: May 20, 2013
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You did what I gave up on ... show the different colrs of green in spring! I LOVE the grass photo!
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  May 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm   
I love the color you chose! There are so many "shades of green". It is a lively color and I really love the photo of the grass. I didn't even notice the photo did not go to the full size until I read what you wrote above. This is beautiful.
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  May 28, 2013 at 2:44 am   
Did you draw your journaling block? I love this study in green. This is a great piece of art that could easily fit on the walls of an ad agency, commercial artist, or any professional building. What a great coffee table book. Love it, love it, love it.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  May 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm   
Andrea, awesome as usual! Love the journaling block. Great photos!!! You are so creative :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  May 22, 2013 at 2:29 am   
Tami: For the grass photo I printed on a regular 8.5 x 11 photo page. I had cropped the photo to a 3 x 11 section and printed on the page in a contact sheet setting. It is about 1/8 inch short of the required size...had hoped it would just ease into the borders unnoticed. Everyone: Thanks for all the compliments. I have learned a lot from Tami's photo tips on her blog, I take tons of photos and try new things, and I suppose I just play around with a bunch of things until I get it the way I want it to look. Scrapbooking really helped me to feel free to cut into a photo and realize it didn't always ruin a picture. Sometimes it even improved it. Learning what should go and stay is an on going practice. I guess,some days I just pretend I am a professional least that explains to people why I am crawling around in the field taking photos of grass. (that was the day I was in the church graveyard and I also came across several buffalo heads drying that was unexpected! Visions of cattle rustlers danced in my head) You all encourage me to keep trying harder. I think everyone has been improving their photography skills as each challenge is met. So thanks again for the compliments but take a look at your photos and see what you've been accomplishing too!!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  May 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm   
Love the different greens and the textures. Your journaling is great - love it! Especially loved the grass shot with the sky - do you have a large printer? or did you get it printed somewhere?
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  May 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm   
What a great job - you always put so much thought into your layouts! You put us all to shame!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  May 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm   
I love all of the different shades of green. And the white background really makes the pictures stand out.
Posted By: Tonnya Sayah  |  May 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm   
OK, Andrea...I need a lesson in photography from you! Your photos are incredible. They look so professional! I'm going to try to learn from your layouts, but it's tough! You are so talented, so creative...ditto what Lori said! Your color choice is a good one and your layout is spectacular! Love it!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  May 21, 2013 at 3:08 am   
Once again, love, love, love it! I am so jealous of your talent and creativity. Andrea, you are amazing! LOVE all the different photos, bits and pieces, and angles, and I especially love the journaling block. SO creative and striking. You have really brought the color to life with all of the textures and tones. WONDERFUL!
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  May 21, 2013 at 12:48 am   

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