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March 20 2013

15:25

Colorful Turn of the Century Japanese Designs

I know what you're probably wondering...turn of what century? Well these particular designs come from a magazine published in 1901 and 1902 called Shin-bijutsukai.

This magazine was a monthly publication featuring "various designs by the famous artists of to-day," and as you can see, the pages are filled with wonderful colors and trippy patterns. I don't know about you, but after looking at all of the nature elements in these designs, I feel like going for a jaunt in the park.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

If you're interested in checking out the entire magazine, you can browse the pages below or visit Archive.org to browse the full size version.

And for good measure, here's a few Japan-inspired palettes from the community. Cheers!

Kami_no_ke  Samurai_Festival_APC

Sea_of_Japan  Japanese_Book_1944

相州七里浜  Lovers_in_Japan_II

Letters_from_Japan  Japanese_Language

Kitsune  Japanese_Bath

Japanese_Music  T_o_k_y_o_B_l_u_e_s

Bijin  Ume_Modern

Japanese_Tea  Z_e_n_W_o_r_l_d

japanese_candy_2  Summer_Turns_To_Fall

November 24 2011

15:00

Happy Thanksgiving: 15 Ways to Show Thanks With Color

Of all the things to be thankful for, color is at the top of the list. Color is saturated into every fiber of our lives. It gives variety to our days, our moments, our very lives. It is there in our darkest moments and happiest memories. It can influence moods and reactions. It is there for us when we brainstorm inovative ideas, new marketing techniques, or complicated craft projects. Color is simply inspiring. So, on this Thanksgiving Day, remember to take a look around you and notice all the beautiul colors that this season has to offer.

How are you celebrating color this season?

Fall Leaf Garland from Maureen Cracknell Handmade as a part of Celebrate Color 

Celebrate color this season with a leaf garland made of felt and yarn. Incorporate a gorgeous color palette into your home's decor without the crunchy mess of real leaves.

Project by Triple Play

Dazzling. Do you think these sparkly aqua-blue accents steer a little bit away from traditional fall colors? You have to admit, it adds a nice depth to the overall setting and complements that traditional orange nicely.

Thankful Tree" by Simply Vintage Girl

Elegant. Bring the outdoors in to create thankful bits of autumn pastels and pattern mixtures combined in a "Thankful Tree."

Parents.com

For the kiddos. Shades of brown add warmth and provide an earthy feel in this Turkey centerpiece. Choose a fun and colorful palette for the thankful feathers.

Tradition, (What Are You) Thankful Four?

What are you thankful...4? A great excuse to use color in so many ways! Write what you're thankful for on colorful number fours cut from scrapbooking or construction paper and share. Turn them in to ornaments to display all weekend. Keep them around as reminders.

"...one year I cut large 4s from paper and placed one on each person's plate. Just before dinner, we wrote the things we were thankful for on our cutouts, then took turns sharing our lists..." - Candice Steelman (reader at Disney Family Fun)

By Holiday Crafts and Creations

There's always room to go classic. Traditional autumn colors make a space warm and inviting. These edible place settings using M&M's to imitate Indian Corn are quite fun!

KABOOSE.com under Thanksgiving Crafts

Create a three dimensional palette with blocks and display an appropriately thankful message.

Design Sponge - DIY Project Autumn Leaf Bouquet 

What better way to say thank you to the beauty of color than to use fallen leaves to create vibrant autumn roses.

avery & anderson - Fall Decor' Part 4: THANKS be to upcycling wine bottles!

Get funky, use a few recycled wine bottles, a bit of paint and some other odds and ends to create and display a thankful word.

Crafty Katie - Fall Burlap Wreath

What would fall be without a wreath? Burlap offers a very earthy-happy texture, while adding a mix of traditional or non-traditional colors livens it up.

FineCraftGuild.com - Abundance Seed Balls

Blending tradition with innovation - did you look close enough? I took a double-take after realizing those were bean-balls in the cornucopia! How creative and fitting to the season. A gentle reminder of warm soup on chilly fall evenings.

INKspired Creations - Paper Pumpkins | Teresa Collins - Paper Thanksgiving Pumpkins

Autumn wouldn't be autumn without a couple of paper pumpkins leftover from Halloween. Another way to utilize a mix of patterns and palettes.

PLAID - Thankful Art Collage

The paper flower on this thankful journal has a nice whimsical feel to it and reminds me of autumn leaves. Writing down what you are thankful for is always a great way to reflect and come back to on days when you aren't feeling so thankful.

 Kind Over Matter - Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies

This simple, yet unique idea encompasses the idea that being thankful can also remind us of the good things that are yet to come.

Incorporating autumn colors into our homes and Thanksgiving celebrations is a special way to recreate that warm feeling we experience when we start listing all the things that we are thankful for. This reason, above all, is why color should be remembered on Thanksgiving Day.

A big Thank you to all of you COLOURlovers for loving color and making our community flourish with so many beautiful creations! Be safe and colorful on this holiday! - The COLOURlovers Team


Creations Used:

Celebrate_AutumnThankful_SeatingAutumn_Thankful_TreeFeathered_TurkeyAlice_in_ChainsHexagonalAutumn_MMsThankful_BlocksLeaf_RosesAutumn_WineFall_Burlap_WreathBean-BallsWeightless_PumpkinPumpkin_PaperelliThankful_JournalThankful_JournalDotty_distressedThankful_FortunesFall_FortunesWheels_within_wheels


header credit: Leaf Garland

November 17 2011

21:35

September 08 2011

18:21

August 12 2011

20:40

June 22 2011

06:41

May 24 2011

21:51

Author Introduction: Shannon - a Professional Florist for the Wedding Channel

Meet Shannon, a new author soon to be seen frequently on our Wedding Channel (mainly). She has over 23-years of floral experience and is so deliciously creative with her art, that we had to snag up some of her talent for our benefit!

Besides owning and running, Flourish, located in Sacramento, California, Shannon also blogs and manages, FancyPantsWeddings.com, a fantastic resource and fun place for wedding tips, floral advice and you name it.

Shannon has been a COLOURlover since September 2010 as FlourishShan, and constantly refers brides over to COLOURlovers.com to first create a palette before deciding on flowers. We'll get to learn more about her flower advice and a little DIY in the coming posts. Give her a big welcome and feel free to hit her up with any wedding flower related Q's! Enjoy! - Molly Bermea / Blog Editor


Hello, from Shannon herself...

Hi!  Let me start my intro post by saying that I LOVE color!  Color has always been a defining element in my life.  I clearly remember the color of my childhood bedrooms, the color of my high school's corridors and the colors of my own bridal bouquet.  Color drives my passion for floral design.  I consider the way I combine colors in my creations to be my strong point as a designer.  That is why I am so drawn to the COLOURlovers site and the tools it offers to myself and other color-philes (is that a word?).

Sarah Maren Photography

Day in Your Life Photography

So when Molly asked me to blog for the wedding channel here on COLOURlovers I couldn't say "YES!" fast enough.  I have been using the tools on this website for a little over a year now when developing color palettes for weddings and branding my blog, Fancy Pants Weddings and re-branding my floral business, Flourish.  I am a HUGE fan!

Flourish is my main business.  We are a special event floral design company in Sacramento, Ca.  I have been in business for over 20 years.  Every day brings me a new set of design challenges and I love it so much.  I have designed florals for over 800 weddings and events.  About 10 months ago I realized my brand could use some dusting off and sprucing up.  John Conley, graphic designer and friend, developed the color palette and logo that were to starting point for a complete brand re-vamp.  He has also helped me with every aspect of the branding from the look of the website to business cards.  But in the end it always comes back to the colors.
Not_S.West_Inspired

This is the palette we started with when we first started talking colors for Flourish's new brand.  As you can see, after a  few minor tweaks we stayed pretty true to the original color ideas.

Recently, I helped a bride develop a color palette using COLOURlovers for her wedding.  Erin had a hard time blending colors when she was developing the look and decor for her wedding.
Erins_wedding

The palette we put together was the main tool she used when choosing all the elements of decor for her event.  Linens, paper products and florals all centered around this palette.

Her bridal bouquet (above) added a little punch of magenta/purple and ivory.  Her bouquet consisted of Super Green roses, peonies, cymbidium orchids, dendrobium orchids, anemone, stock, Bells of Ireland and hypericum berries.  It smelled heavenly too!

Because clearly I do not have enough to do, I also write the blog, Fancy Pants Weddings where  I dish out advice and help to brides and grooms planning their Northern California weddings.  I also feature images of real Nor-Cal weddings, do the occasional wedding craft, and try not to take it all too seriously. Stop by and say "howdy!"  Because no blogger wants to feel like they are talking to themselves.

I am looking forward to writing more for COLOURlovers regarding weddings and all that goes into to planning the big event.


Header Palette:
Welcome_Shannon

February 23 2010

14:13

January 05 2010

04:28

BB Free Vectors: Flower Silhouettes

Hey everyone, I’m back from holiday vacation and first up on the schedule is a set of free vectors. These are flower silhouettes that would be very useful in a lot of different ways. It’s pretty cold where I live right now, so I felt like making something that reminded me of warmer weather. I hope you like them. :)

BB Free Vectors: Flower Silhouettes

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