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.


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.


Green Leaf Man Herbal Handmade Soap Oval made with Mango Butter


Green and Blue Aventurine Cluster Bangle Bracelet, Silver Plated Wire


    Silk Batik Art Painting, 'Abstract' by Musa


    Swarovski Crystal Glass Bali-Style Spacers Pewter Charm Necklace


    Pink and Yellow Flower Earrings Polymer Clay with Swarovski Crystals


    Colourful Holiday Balls Hand Painted Silk Scarf


    Mistletoe Scented Round Pillar Candle - Green Color Handmade


      Green and White Checked Reversible Gingham Large Placemats 17x20"


      Aqua Terra Jasper Necklace and Earring Set


      Green Shamrock Carved Wood Bowl #93


      Peacock Green and Silver Hand Beaded Geneva Soutache Watch


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


      Blue Green Black Lampwork Swarovski Peridot and Turquoise Bracelet


      Blue Aventurine and Green Chrysocolla Gemstone Necklace


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


      Mint Green and Black Lace Women's Gypsy Sweater Coat


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


      Free-Form Fused Glass Pendant and Earrings with Dichroic Accents


      Quartz, Glass Beads and Silver Filigree Anklet, Green


      Gold tassel necklace large dark green faceted oval crystal bead


      Green and Silver Beaded Interchangeable Watch Band


      19" Afghanistan Apple Green Jade Graduated Necklace


      Red and Green Fused Glass Star Christmas Ornament, Handmade


        Malachite Green Swarovski Gemstone Earrings Handmade One of a Kind


        White Flower, Green, Wood Tile Necklace


        John Deere 317 Garden Tractor and 49 Snowblower Handcrafted Birch Wood


        Emerald Lampwork Bead Etched Handmade Glass Focal Wrapped In Silver


        Opaque Green Bracelet


        Boho chic wool felted necklace adjustable suede cord


        Antique Hetian Jade Hand Carved Pendant and Beads on Handmade Chain


        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


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

        2. 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.

        3. 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

        4. 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.

        5. 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! :)

        6. 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.

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

        8. 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)

        9. 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 :)

        10. 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. :)

        11. 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!

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

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

        14. 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!

        15. 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!

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

        17. 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.

        18. 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

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

        20. Such a beautiful collection
          Thank you Julie!

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

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