Monday, January 30, 2017

Pantone Spring 2017 pt 2

Last week, I showed how to mix some of Pantone's Spring 2017 colors and am finishing them up this week. 

Island paradise
  Island Paradise is a cool, relaxing blue like the Caribbean water.  It is a greenish blue.
  To make Island Paradise take your cool blue and add a tiny bit of cool yellow. The cool yellow is what adds the touch of green. 

Pale Dogwood
  Pale Dogwood carries on the tranquil theme of Island Paradise. It is a pale pink.   
   The only way to make pink is to add white to your red or with watercolor, add extra water to your red. 

Pink Yarrow
  Pink Yarrow makes a bright and bold entrance brighten up everything it is around.  Pink Yarrow is a combination of red, pink, and purple.  

  To make pink Yarrow take a small amount of red and set aside. 

Take another small amount of red and lighten it to pink  and setting it aside. 

 Then, you have to make purple by mixing equals parts warm red and warm blue, setting it aside. 

 Now takes small, equal  amounts of each of the three colors mixing them together and adjust as needed. 

  Kale is a more lush version of greenery. It is a darker blue green.  

  To make Kale start with your warm blue and add in small amounts of warm yellow. 

  Hazelnut is a warm, earthly neutral. Neutrals go with anything so they can be paired with any color on the list. 

 To make hazelnut take one of warm browns, like burnt umber, and lighten it but adding white or watering it down.  

What do you think of the Spring colors chooces this year? Do you have a favorite? What about a least favorite? 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Pantone Spring 2017 pt 1

Every year Pantone releases what are going to be the popular colors for the year and picking one forecast to be the most popular color of the year.  

Last year I made a list of how to mix the 2016 colors ( pt 1 & 2) with paint from a basic watercolor palette. 

Pantone's 2017 colors are based in nature but with a sense of imagination appearing different than the traditonal color. 

The 2017 color of the year is Greenery. 
  Greenery is meant to be just like it is named to describe the green in plants we see outside. 

  We know from color theory that green is made by mixing yellow and blue and the shade of green depends on which color we use more of. 

Greenery is a yellow green so our base is a warm yellow mixed with drops of warm blue till we make the green shade we want. 

   Niagra is denim-like blue and according to Pantone, said to be the most prevalent color this Spring. 
  Blue is a primary color and Niagra blue is a medium blue. To make Niagra take your basic blue and adjust it to the shade you want.   
  To make it lighter gradually add white.  With watercolor you can  lighten it by adding more water. 

  To darken your blue very, very gently add a little black or dark brown. 

Primrose Yellow
  In contrast to the calm of Niagra, Primrose yellow is a vibrant, warm yellow. Another primary color we have from the beginning. Primrose Yellow will be our warm yellow. 

Lapis Blue
   Lapis Blue is intense and bold.  Again all you need is your primary blue. It's on the warm side. 

   Flame is a rich and dramatic. It is like the flaming sun in summer. Flame is a red- based orange. To make flame, start with a warm red and gradually add your warm yellow (possibly primrose Yellow) till you get the pop of orange you want. 

Next week we'll finish up the colors!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Puppy-girl & Popcorn

Today is National Popcorn day and the first thing I think about when I see or hear about popcorn is my sweet, little puppy-girl. Popcorn is her favorite, so much so that favorite doesn't describe it well enough.  Popcorn is her obsession!

It's too bad that popcorn day is today, January 19th, because yesterday, January 18th, was puppy-girl's 12th birthday and nothing would fit it better than being born on the day of the food she is obsessed with.

Growing up, I never liked dogs, I was a bit afraid of them. There came a time where I was somewhat pushed into getting a dog. I didn't truly want it but it was supposed to be good for me to have a companion.  If I had to get a dog, I wanted a few things- a small white dog, one that doesn't smell or shed, and one that doesn't like to be held.
Did you know there is such a dog?! A West Highland White Terrier (westie) and I got one!   The first few months, I didn't like her very much but slowly she started to grow on me by making me laugh and staying by my side when I was uneasy.

We always had kettle corn on Sunday nights. One night she had a piece. Then, she wanted another piece, and another, and another. The next time we made popcorn, she immediately perked up and was first in line as it cooled. Let me tell you about puppy-girl, do something with her twice and she will make sure it becomes a habit!
One time, I accidentally knocked over the popcorn bowl. She zoomed right in there determined  to gulp  it up, I wasn't strong enough her back and she didn't bother to come up to breath. She ate it all!

Does your dog have a favorite food obsession?

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Puppy-girl & Popcorn

Monday, January 16, 2017

Color Harmony

Last Week, I posted about the basics of color theory.  The next step is color harmomy.
Color Harmony is arranging color schemes that look good together.

Complimtary colors are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. They offer a lot of contrast and really make the other color pop.

Analogous colors are any three colors which are side by side. They can be very similar to each other. Usually one  colors dominates, one is a supports, and one is an accent.

A triadic color scheme is colors that are evenly spaced around the wheel. They tend to be very vibrant and balanced.

split-complementary colors are similar to complimentary colors. It's uses a base colors and the two colors next to its opposite or complimentary color.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

My Favorite Books

I've always loved to read. Reading is an escape to a different time and place and while its controlled somewhat by the author, there's a lot that's left up to the imagination. How many times have books been turned into movies and people say it wasnt what they expected or that the book was better. One reason, is because they write the movie with a very loose outline of the book instead of following the book. But a think another large reason is because when we get caught up in a book we create our own worlds of the book and for each person reading the book that world is different despite similarities the books creates for everyone who reads it.

Something I realized making a list of favorite books is that a favorite book is one that stands the test of times and grows with us. It is still fun to read no matter much we have changed, we can go back to it time and again.

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// My favorite books

These are some of those books for me:

1. The Shopaholic Series  by Sophie Kinsella
 Becky Bloomwood is lighthearted and relatable flawed as she tries to get her life and finances together while continually digging a deeper hole!

2. The List by Marian Jordan Ellis
  This is a nonfiction book about letting go of the imaginary (or literal)  list we have planned for ours lives and giving our plans over God. It's a lot to think about and take it but that's part of the reason it's easy to go back. There's always a news plans to let go of and new things to learn.

3. The French Twist Series by Sandra Byrd
 This is just a really fun New Adult book set in a french bakery and partly in Paris. Lexi Stuart is genuine, vulnerable, and fun to get to know.

4.  The Sisterhood Series by Ann Brashares
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants will become a classic. It's a great story of friendship and starts with something that would boggle all of our minds- how can one pair of pants looks perfect on four different friends?  

5. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
 Anne is so charming and imaginative. Her perspective is a story within the story!

What are your favorite books?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Color Theory 101

Colors can create emotion, set a mood, or make a statement. Ideas over how to use color is called color theory.

The earliest  and most basic form of color theory is the color wheel created by Issac Newton.  It is a wheel colors designed to help you in a way that any colors you pick go together.  The most common color wheel is made up of twelve colors.

It begins with your three primary colors- red, yellow, and blue. Some say these three colors along with black and white are all you need for an entire palette.

Each primary has a warm shade and a cool shade. Warm colors represent things like fire. Cool colors represent things like water.  How can you make a warm color like red, a cool color?  It's not scientific but the coolor wheel is split into two sides, warm and cool, look to where it falls on the color wheel, is it leaning towards the cooler side or warmer side? A lot of it comes down to sight and perspective.

The only true way to tell if the color you are choosing is warm or cool is to play and test it for yourself.

By combining two of the primary colors you can create three secondary colors.

Red & blue = purple.
 Red &  yellow = orange.
 Blue & yellow = green.

When you mix a primary color with its closest secondary color you will create tertiary colors. There are six tertiary colors in total,

Yellow & orange =yellow orange
Red & orange +red orange
 Red & violet = red violet
Blue & violet = blue violet
Blue & green = blue green
Yellow & green= yellow green

These twelve colors are what makes  up the color wheel. From here  you can mix various color schemes we'll look at next week.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears straight to the heart"
Doesn't "Do You Wanna Build A Snowman? " from Frozen get stuck in your head so easily?! 
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// favorite songs// Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

I love music and music of all kinds.  It easy to escape into a good song or rest listening to it in the background. 
These  have been some of my favorite songs latily. 

"Little Black Dress" - Sara Bareilles
  It's empowering!

Favorite Lyric:
I got my little black dress on
And if I tell myself that nothing’s wrong
This doesn’t have to be a sad song
Not with my little black dress on

"Better When I'm Dancin''" - Meghan Trainor
   Upbeat and fun, I liked it a lot better than the Peanuts movie.

Favorite Lyric:
Show the world you've got that fire (fire)
Feel the rhythm getting louder
Show the room what you can do
Prove to them you got the moves
I don't know about you,

"Can't Stop The Feeling"- Justin Timberlake 
   Really bubbly and catchy, it gets stuck in your head just as much, maybe more than "Do You Wanna Build A Snowman"

Favorite Lyric:
I got this feeling inside my bones
It goes electric, wavey when I turn it on
All through my city, all through my home
We're flying up, no ceiling, when we in our zone

"Someday" - Michael Buble featuring Meghan Trainor
  I love Micheal Buble's voice, he can make old songs feel new but "Someday" is a new song and it's like a daydream. 

Favorite Lyric:
A smile is worth the waiting
Someday maybe
Someday maybe
Someday maybe

" Hundred More Years" Francesca Battistelli 
   I like her voice and all her songs, they're relatable and friendly. I like this one because it's like living in the moment and being content. 
Favorite Lyric:
And so they dance under the moonlight
While God is smilin' down on them tonight
And the want to stay right here
For a hundred more years

"Thy Will" - Hilary Scott & The Scott Family
  This song has been my favorite since the first time I heard it, I feel it in my soul and can only hope to live it out!

Favorite Lyric:
Each and every one of them, it's good!, take a listen

What are your favorite songs latily? 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Book Review: The Beyond Suffering Bible

About the book:
There is hardly a person who doesn’t know someone dealing with a disability, disease, chronic illness, or other form of personal suffering. The Beyond Suffering Bible is the first study Bible to directly address those who suffer and the people who love and care for them. From bestselling author, singer, and radio host Joni Eareckson Tada and the experts at Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability, the Beyond Suffering Bible is filled with thousands of notes and features that invite you into a conversation about suffering and its place in your life. Each feature has been carefully created to provide you with valuable information, meaningful encouragement, and challenging applications as you encounter God’s Word.
  • Devotional readings helping you discover God's answers to your most difficult questions
  • "A Word From Joni": full-page articles reflecting her heart for God in the midst of suffering
  • "Profiles": articles on people in the Bible who struggled with suffering
  • "Connection Points" notes: study notes helping you connect with a biblical theology of suffering
  • Full text of the New Living Translation (NLT)
  • 9.25" x 6.50"
In 1967 Joni Eareckson Tada was injured in a diving accident at 17 years old, leaving her in a quadriplegic state with minimal use of her hands. After two years of rehabilitation, Joni re-entered the community with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations.
Joni and Friends began in 1979 at Joni’s house as she and her friends responded to the many questions and needs pouring in from families affected by disability who read Joni’s books or had seen the movie of her life. From the beginning, Joni, her staff, and volunteers devoted their energies to developing Christ-centered programs and services which would help meet the spiritual and practical needs of disabled people and their families, including Family Retreats, the distribution of wheelchairs and Bibles worldwide to people affected by disability, and church training at local and national disability ministry conferences. Joni and Friends continues to reach out around the world to people and families affected by disability with the love of Christ and the practical help they need.

My thoughts:
The Beyond Suffering Bible is the first study Bible of its kind. It is aimed at people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. 
 There are essays written by Joni Eareckson Tada and others who have been through significantly suffering, profiles of Bible characters who have suffered, devotions, and a study guide based around different questions.    

This Bible is jam packed with references and resources to answer question such "why did this happened?" To " if God is good,how could He allow my suffering?" 
Though geared towards those with illness  I think any can gain from the study Bible. We all suffer and have questions  in one form or another, The Beyond Suffering Bible points us in a Biblical direction to answer our questions.

Find the Bible Here