Sunday, June 1, 2014

Flaming June

Hello everyone, Julia here,  hosting the latest challenge at Our Creative Corner. 

Firstly, I'd like to let you know that our sponsor this month is the wonderful Tando company. They have kindly agreed to provide a prize for our winner this month. Don't know the company? Click on their badge below and have a look at the fabulous products on offer.


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This month I'd like to give you a picture challenge. I hope the following painting by Lord Frederic Leighton will give you some wonderful inspiration. This stunning painting is a great favourite of mine with the beautiful depiction of fabrics, the human form and colour. The overtly romantic style may not be to your taste but be inspired by those gorgeous orange shades which are vibrant, warm and simply sumptuous.

'Flaming June' - Lord Frederic Leighton 1895

To qualify for our challenge this month, you MUST USE ORANGE as the main colour of your project. You may use any other colours needed to complete your work and further inspiration can be taken from the painting as you wish.

Please ensure you read our few rules before you enter the challenge here. We don't have many and they are there for everyone to follow! If you don't include LOTS OF ORANGE on your work, we won't be able to enter you for the randomly selected prize and that would be a great shame!



Without further ado, I would like to show you the inspiration created by myself and the amazing design team, just for you:



I've combined orange and rusty tones with some gold here and there  for my little gift bag. I love the warmth of orange and to me it is most certainly a 'happy' colour! I usually tend to combine orange with red if I use it so this was a new direction for me.


This is the little gift box found inside my bag. The contents will be revealed on my blog!
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Creating a project for this theme was a serious challenge for me, these are colours I don't normally do.... But a challenge is a challenge after all, and so I had to come up with something. Well it turned out to be an ATB, and the colours became even brighter than originally intended. I guess I'm just longing for some serious warmth


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I don't use orange very much in my work so this was a good chance to bring out those hardly used inks and paints. I chose to focus on the brown tones as well as using orange as the main colour. With just hint of green, as featured in the plant in the painting, and we have a Flaming June tag!

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Claudia




I admit that I really struggled with this theme as I found that I love orange but hardly ever use it on my projects...don't ask me why - I hadn't noticed before. So it took me some time to figure out what I could or wanted to do...and finally one day - when I was playing around with my new Vintaj patina kit and had some orange coloured lace ribbon on my desk nearby - I came up with this leather and lace cuff bracelet. I incorporated the contrasting blue and green (of the sky and the plant in Lord Leighton's painting) that make the orange look even more intense. As there is a plant on the painting I decided to use a plant - the lovely branch embellishment - as the centre piece. There's even the orange fabric theme from the painting to be found with my creation. So - in a very special way - I stayed rather close to the original, didn't I? ;)


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I love the color orange and I use it often in combination with other contrasting colors.
On this card I used it in combination with blue and white paint.


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The Flaming June is a wonderful painting that exudes warmth and relaxed siesta, so it made ​​me relive my childhood with sun, summer and high heaven and I was inspired to this journaling page.

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The topic is rich orange tones as main colour - for me a feeling the need to create anything with  fire...
I originally had this long running idea of mixing Acrylic Painting and Steampunk, because that style is my new passion. For the background I used many nature stencils (sun rays, branches, spiderweb), crackle paint and distress paints for an old grungy look.


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Like many of the team shades of orange can be my nemesis so I was stumped for a while, but for me there was something distinctly neo-classical about Leighton's painting so I went with a marble-effect background as a starting point, courtesy of Wendy Vecchi's archival reinker technique.

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I'm another one for whom Orange is a real challenge, and there's an extravagant Romanticism to the painting too, which is not my usual kettle of fish... but there's a reason it's called a "challenge".  There's a "careless desolation" in how she's thrown herself down to sleep, so I think I ended up trying to offer her some reassurance in my tag - that there is still love and beauty and no need to curl up away from it all.  And I guess I also picked up on that vase of flowers, though it became a bit more prominent in my version!  Come and see more over at Words and Pictures.

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Linda




Unlike most of my team members, orange was not a struggle for me.  I love the luscious vibrancy of the color and thoroughly enjoyed putzing around my studio to create this tag.   It was one of those times when it really developed itself once I got the base layer created. 


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Wasn't that just a feast for the eyes? I hope you get some ideas from the examples made by my teamies who are all wonderfully talented women.

It's your turn now to link up a project which must use ORANGE as your main colour. Please do visit the design team and leave some love - we really appreciate comments too!

Don't forget to pop back for the 'Sponsor 'Spotlight' articles this month. All of these showcase some of the products from our wonderful sponsor this month:

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We also have an amazing Guest Designer this month who will be here on the 11th June - I'm so excited about this wonderfully talented lady agreeing to showcase her work during my challenge month! Last but not least, come back on the 22nd June to see our Top Talent Spotlight - another very talented person to wow you with their work.

Thank you for visiting us today and we're all looking forward so much  to seeing what you make. 

Juliax

26 comments:

  1. Wow, your DT have certainly embraced this challenge with gusto and I love the results - I think I too, often only use orange if challenged, though it is a fabulously bright zingy colour..who knows, perhaps I'll join in this time!

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  2. Amazing inspiration from your DT and a wonderful picture.

    Love Chrissie x

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  3. Now I am not a huge orange fan either but these wonderful pieces have inspired me...fab challenge which I hope to join in with later when I get home from my holiday x

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  4. Whoa, fantastic art pieces by each and everyone here..I am very much inspired!
    I do use orange color a lot, hope to join in the challenge soon.

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  5. Thank you so much to my wonderful teamies for producing such gorgeous design pieces for my challenge. I know orange is a bit of a challenge for some but nobody would ever know by looking at these beautiful creations. I salute you all - especially our new team mates!
    Julia x

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  6. Oh my there are some stunning things on here. Love orange, though it does not suit me. many thanks for all this eye candy

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  7. Oh wow! My sincere respect to all my team mates - especially the newbies! This was a true challenge and the DT inspiration of you all just rocks! Awesome!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  8. Orange is one of my favourite colours, and I'm totally in awe in front so many gorgeous creations using this colour!!! Everone rocks with the challenge! Coco x

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  9. Amazing inspiration, I linked my LO! =^_^=

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  10. Several of the DT mention they struggled with the colour... well its doesn't show! Some truly amazing projects - thank you. Nikki xx

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  11. P fabulous theme, just "my" color :) And outstanding creations from the Design Team.

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  12. Beautiful creations by the DT teams and a lovely theme.
    Becky x

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  13. All those gorgeous creations and fantastic colors just wanted to make me play, thanks for all this inspiration...

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  14. I was inspired to play with orange after seeing the superb creations from the DT - thank you!
    I've never worked much with orange but hey I liked the liveliness of it today.

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  15. Thank you so much for the inspiration. You will never know how much this means to me. A month ago I suffered a head injury and could not think of crafting at all. When I saw your inspiration photo it stirred something within me and I gave it a try yesterday. I feel I'm now on the road to recovery. THANKS!!!

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  16. The inspiration this week was breathe taking as was the DT Members work and the other entries...thanks for sharing.

    Stampin' HUGZ
    Beverley

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  17. Thought I'd already commented on how fabulous all the samples are....well better late than never and they are superb! Thanks for the inspiration x

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  18. Absolutely gorgeous creations everyone and thanks go to Alison for pointing me in this direction.
    Fliss xx

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  19. Wonderfully unique and gorgeous projects from the DT!!

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  20. Wow awesome amazing creations from the DT so loving the orange :-) Kezzy xxx

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  21. Such gorgeous and creative projects by the DT and by the other entrants. I LOVE orange!!!! Thanks for choosing this amazing inspiration piece!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  22. Thank you for a fab challenge - I had hoped to get here earlier - I love using orange and I have enjoyed this challenge very much! Such gorgeous inspirations too - thank you so much Karen x

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