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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

It is the color of money, the sign of growth and a sage is a wise one.

Green is harmony and balance. It is renewal and freshness. It gives hope to the spring and peace to the people. It is security and trust. It offers youthfulness and joy.

It is the symbol of baptism and the Eucharist in Christianity.  It is respect in Islam. It is Ireland and tea. It is disgrace in China and symbolizes corruption in North Africa.

It is eternal life in Japan.

Green.

It is natural and used to create authentic designs. Earthy and true to the planet it represents. It is attractive and the most relaxing color to the eye. It has a very broad spectrum range, which means that many men are colorblind to green. However, that does not stop men from choosing the darker greens as their color. The British racing green or forest greens will be found in men’s dens or libraries. It is associated with men’s clubs, such as the smoking rooms in Victorian time. Dark mahogany and dark green simply go together to create a masculine atmosphere.

Green is derived from yellow and blue. The color can range from a lively lime green of Kermit the Frog fame to the official green color used by the military for their uniforms and camouflage. This does not count the institution green of the prisons or medical facilities of the 50s.

Cave paintings did not utilize green, but the color was used to dye garments, so they had access to green pigments through leaves and plants. Egyptian artists began using green in their tomb paintings by crushing malachite into a paste.

King Tut had a paintbox of his own that contained green paint from malachite. They did do a little paint mixing by using ochre and azurite to create a green. The clever ones dyed clothing yellow first by using saffron before redying it with the roots of the woad plant, which created a blue dye. Clever ladies, very clever.

Because the Egyptians considered green to be a positive color, many of their jewelry contained malachite.

The Romans associate green with Venus since she was the goddess of vegetables and gardens. They created their green paint by soaking copper in fermenting wine. Can we say patina?

Merchants wore green during the Middle Ages. This was a status symbol for those who were businessmen and bankers. Mona Lisa is dressed in green. She obviously came from a prosperous background.

As more people discovered ways to create green dyes, the use of green in paintings became more popular. Though it was normally used to create natural scenes, Whistler created a stir when he used green as a central element in his paintings from an emotional standpoint.

Any fairy, dragon or troll worth their salt is green.

Green is used in design to represent youth and regeneration. It is a positive color that brings energy into a design. It can be used to signify cleanliness and earthiness. It is a grounded and solid color. It can be used alone or paired with other contrasting colors. Green combined with yellow works very well to bring a brightness and energy to a design.

The teal and blue greens relate more to the water and enjoy a coolness. They have movement and gentle energy.

A dark green is solid and secure. It makes a great cornerstone for a design and holds a piece together.

Green paired with its complimentary red give us Christmas and the beautiful poinsettia.

Just like the grass that surrounds us and grounds us, the use of green in a design will solidify and hold a design together.

These creative souls have found the perfect use for greens in their designs. Please enjoy them.

Gingers-Garden

Green Leaf Man Herbal Handmade Soap Oval made with Mango Butter

DesertCreations

Green and Blue Aventurine Cluster Bangle Bracelet, Silver Plated Wire

asiansecrets

    Silk Batik Art Painting, 'Abstract' by Musa

    SolanaKaiDesigns

    Swarovski Crystal Glass Bali-Style Spacers Pewter Charm Necklace

    bluemorningexpressions

    Pink and Yellow Flower Earrings Polymer Clay with Swarovski Crystals

    karenvanloon

    Colourful Holiday Balls Hand Painted Silk Scarf

    shymouseecrafts

    Mistletoe Scented Round Pillar Candle - Green Color Handmade

    Uniquelyhandmade

      Green and White Checked Reversible Gingham Large Placemats 17x20"

      FairiesMarket

      Aqua Terra Jasper Necklace and Earring Set

      berkshirebowls

      Green Shamrock Carved Wood Bowl #93

      specialtivity

      Peacock Green and Silver Hand Beaded Geneva Soutache Watch

      ButterflyInTheAttic

      5 Gift Tags - Kittens Cats Dressed in Clothes - Upcycled Vintage Easter Book

      KatsAllThat

      Blue Green Black Lampwork Swarovski Peridot and Turquoise Bracelet

      dianesdangles

      Blue Aventurine and Green Chrysocolla Gemstone Necklace

      FrozenFairytale

      Wire wrapped peas in a pod green wire four glass pearl earrings

      TheGypsyCottage

      Mint Green and Black Lace Women's Gypsy Sweater Coat

      carolesjackets

      Hunter Green Ladies Embroidered Sweatshirt Jacket. Sizes S - XL.

      Umeboshi

      Free-Form Fused Glass Pendant and Earrings with Dichroic Accents

      ThaddeusRose

      Quartz, Glass Beads and Silver Filigree Anklet, Green

      Thesingingbeader

      Gold tassel necklace large dark green faceted oval crystal bead

      jnldesigns

      Green and Silver Beaded Interchangeable Watch Band

      evezbeadz

      19" Afghanistan Apple Green Jade Graduated Necklace

      ResetarGlassArt

      Red and Green Fused Glass Star Christmas Ornament, Handmade

      ShadowDogDesigns

        Malachite Green Swarovski Gemstone Earrings Handmade One of a Kind

        ClicksbyKaren

        White Flower, Green, Wood Tile Necklace

        KevsKrafts

        John Deere 317 Garden Tractor and 49 Snowblower Handcrafted Birch Wood

        Covergirlbeads

        Emerald Lampwork Bead Etched Handmade Glass Focal Wrapped In Silver

        PamelaBead

        Opaque Green Bracelet

        wingsofflutter

        Boho chic wool felted necklace adjustable suede cord

        craftsofthepast

        Antique Hetian Jade Hand Carved Pendant and Beads on Handmade Chain

        PrettyGonzo

        Painted Flower Bead Earrings, Green Leaf Glass Dangles, Earthy, Kanji

         

        As you can see, there are many ways to incorporate green into design and art. These artists have a lot more to offer. You can see additional offerings from this group of artists here. Mother's Day Countdown Week 6

        Julie and Blu

        22 comments:

        Rose Guzik said...

        I love green!
        Shared for others to enjoy...

        Constance Morilak said...

        Hi Julie and Blu, I always enjoy reading your blog. Reading about the color green and seeing these items, made me like the color even more. Thank you very much for including my green crystal tassel necklace. Will share on Facebook, etc.

        Umeboshi Jewelry said...

        Green gives me peace and reminds me of the deep forest. I love the story you have told about this color! How color does affect us all! Thanks you again for the promotion and for sharing all the beautiful items in this blog. Will share. _Jo Perez/Umeboshi

        CraftsofthePast said...

        Thanks, Julie, first for including my jade necklace and secondly for doing all this fascinating research. I learned a great deal from this blog. Keep those blogs coming. Off to share on 4 different venues: Facebbook, Twitter, GooglePlus and SocialBliss, all with links to this blog, of course.
        Anna

        Wings of Flutter said...

        You have such a way with keeping the reader interested! Another great blog post and once again thank you for including one of my pieces. Off to promote! :)

        JNL Designs said...

        Thank Julie and Blu. You did another great collection. I love to read your stories. Do you stay up all night? Thanks for including our watch band. Off to share.
        Linda.

        Berkshire Bowls said...

        Beautiful finds! Thank you very much for including my wood shamrock bowl.

        Evez Beadz said...

        You write so eloquently. Did you major in English and Art in college?
        Thanks for including me. Will blog and facebook!
        EvezBeadz ~ Happy Easter (sale ~ now)

        Specialtivity said...

        Thank you so much Julie for doing all that you do, I don't know how you find the time, I can tell that you were born to write you have such a natural talent.

        Kathy :)

        Jennifer said...

        Julie and Blu this is an awesome blog post. I wish I could write so well. I love the way you described the color green. Just amazing! Thank you so much for including my bracelet in this wonderful post. :)

        ShadowDogDesigns said...

        Fascinating read, Julie and Blu. Love the history of colors and this was so interesting. Green is the color of life - think that's why so many of us are drawn to it. Many thanks, my friend, for including my malachite earrings. Sharing everywhere I can!

        Karen said...

        Wonderful blog post. So very inspiring. Thanks so much for including my silk painted scarf. Your words are amazing. Love to share this.

        SolanaKaiDesigns said...

        I love reading these, Julie! I learn so much each time. Thank you!

        KatsAllThat Artisan Jewelry said...

        Green is my absolutely favorite color which is why so many of my designs have green. Love reading about the meaning of all things green. Thank you Julie and Blu!

        PrettyGonzo said...

        What a great article! I will probably never look at a King Tut artifact again without thinking of how he had a paintbox! :) Thanks for including my earrings with all these amazing green lovelies. Happy Easter to you and beautiful Blu!

        Karen M said...

        Thanks for including FairiesMarket. I love your collection. Happy Easter.

        Dianes Dangles said...

        Love green, interesting article on how Egyptians used malachite and azurite to mix a color green, Thank you for including my green and blue bracelet. Off to share.

        sandra c said...

        Great post, thank you for adding my peas in a pod earrings. I love the color green, every shade of it in fact! "It's not easy being green" :D
        FrozenFairytale

        Karen Ultis said...

        What lovely images! and green is now my favorite color. Great post :-)

        Colleen Cornelius said...

        Such a beautiful collection
        Thank you Julie!
        Blessings

        ResetarGlassArt said...

        Very interesting article and beautiful selections to go with it. Thanks as always for putting together and including one of my pieces. Will share -

        Covergirlbeads said...

        Your articles are always so fascinating. Love the beautiful green collection. Thanks for including my lampwork focal bead in it.

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