Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ice Parfait {a mosaic contest}

Slow down a minute, my friend, and ponder with me in color...

Ice Parfait {a mosaic contest}
woods, patchwork by GnomeAngel, Design Seeds popsicles, lavender bottles

When it is still, when it is cold, there is a calmness that blankets the world, that soothes the soul.  The quiet sweetness of less is more can fill without feeling full.  And life is simple.  And pure.  And moments as precious as the falling snow.

Ice Parfait {a mosaic contest}
Design Seeds glazed teal, marble floor, icy leaves, blowing snow, mint desert

Like a tangy parfait or a cool mint treat, the dreamy still times are a much-needed respite.  And the colors they soften, they quiet and blush.  The colors too can be still with us. 

Ice Parfait {a mosaic contest}
geometric painting by Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings, paper art girl, Design Seeds color capped, Eloise Renouf color block print, Warsaw steps, winter animals

Whether in many or few hues, ice parfait twinkles. The cold icy grays are layered, lined and sharpened by black.  Pale colors full of contrast, empty of noise.

Ice Parfait {a mosaic contest}
woods, Parcel Quilt for Cloud 9, rainbow shards, kaleidoscope case
Still peaceful, if bold.  Always cold, always rest.  Let's welcome winter's colors pure and true, cold and still, fractured icy perfection at its best.

I invite you to join us for a Fabric Mosaic contest sponsored by Cuts of Cotton.

Carefully craft your mosaic of 9 fabrics from among the offerings at Cuts of Cotton. Choose fabrics to express your interpretation of Ice Parfait.  Your collection of fabrics can be very simple, nuanced with angles, incorporate black, gray or both.  Just make sure to include icy colors in a way that feels still and wintry to you.

Once you have your fabrics, the free Mosaic Maker tool makes it a snap to create a mosaic.  When I copy and pasted image url's from Cuts of Cotton, Mosaic Maker was not able to display images based on the URL.  As a work around, save each image and upload it to Mosaic Maker.  Go to the fabric item page, right click the fabric image and select "save image as...", then save the image onto your computer.  At Mosaic Maker click the "choose photo" square and opt to upload the image from your computer.  It's a slight bit slower, but easy enough!

To enter the contest, add your mosaic image to our collection here.  If it suits you, link to a blog post explaining your choices - that helps us spread the word about our contest.  But no blog post is required (you can put your image url in the url space).  Anyone can enter, anywhere in the world.

***New Tip*** If possible, share your mosaic so that when it's loaded to the link up and you click on your mosaic, it takes viewers to see a larger version. This makes it so much easier for me to see your mosaic and consider it as a finalist!  Hosting your mosaic in a public place (such as Flickr or a blog) and linking the URL works beautifully!

Add your mosaic by midnight January 22nd.  You can make up to 2 mosaics!  On Friday the 23rd, I'll open voting.   We'll have two winners!  The 2 Top Mosaics will earn a complete fat quarter set of their mosaic fabrics!!!  Plus, Cuts of Cotton will create a bundle like yours available for others to buy.  Winners announced January 26th.  Enjoy!


17 comments:

  1. I can never do this mosaic thing. I get the url part but then what? And I have no idea how to "link up." And now there's a wrinkle. Drat. Maybe I will take an hour tonight to see if I can't figure it out. Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me?

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    1. Oh, you're not alone! The mosaics can be challenging. You are free to make a mosaic any way that works for you. Some people use an image software on their computer too. This time you will NOT use image url's, so perhaps it'll go easier for you. Hope so!

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  2. I think my first one got linked twice - once with flickr and once without. So sorry! Computer problems...

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  3. That geometric painting. It wants to be a quilt so badly !!!

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  4. Picture this.... long day, I'm tired and a little battle weary... scrolling through Bloglovin just minding my own business and looking for eye candy to recharge my soul... see a group of photos and think "oh that's lovely, love that colour combination"... keep scrolling... few minutes later brain catches up and goes "hang on, that patchwork looked familiar"... scroll back up... "HOLY BATMAN THAT'S MY PATCHWORK!!!" Thank you so much for including my patchwork in these amazing images. Made my day to be in such fine company - thank you!!!! <3 <3 <3

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    1. You're very welcome! I hope you don't mind that I didn't contact you first. I knew you would see it very soon and thought it would be a nice surprise =)

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    2. Of course I don't mind - thank you so much - it was such a wonderful surprise. I was only bragging to Gemma (of Pretty Bobbins) this morning about it and how it was such a fabulous surprise. Thank you! <3

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  5. Oh so lovely - the words - the images - sigh....

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  6. Just when I start to think I'm semi- savvy at technology, I try to do something like this. Easily saved the fabric photos (though it was hard to narrow down to just 9!). Mosaic Maker wanted them in Dropbox or Facebook so I put them in Dropbox. Managed to get Mosaic Maker to recognize that Dropbox was open and then selected my first photo. Big red banner that says unable to automatically close Dropbox, and for me to close it manually. But then no photos uploaded. *sigh* Maybe I'll try dropping them into a Facebook album and see if that works better. It can't be the fact that I'm trying to do all of this from the comfort of my chair with my iPad can it?

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    1. Gah! All that and still no luck. I am SO sorry! When I go to Mosaic Maker it lets me upload from my computer, but I am a "member" - ie I have a free Big Huge Labs account. (Big Huge Labs is the maker/hoster of Mosaic Maker). I wonder if that upload option doesn't show up on an iPad. No fair!

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  7. Hi Rachel, I added a mosaic last night but didn't link it to my blog at the time. Is there a way of doing that now? These are lovely colours in this mosaic- so cooling for us over here in Australia where it is so hot at the moment!

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    1. Yes, I think I can upload your mosaic with a URL link, if you send it my way =) I was thinking of you in the southern hemisphere when I created this very, VERY wintry mosaic. Thanks for your patience with my northern hemisphere ways!

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  8. Yes, I agree with Annabelle. very lovely. You're a true poet ~ ~ with words, with color, with fabric. I love to visit you each day.

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    1. Well thanks! What a nice thing to say. It was funny that with this mosaic contest my text kept rhyming without me trying in the least. I think my subconscious mind was making it rhyme! I just went with it.

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  9. That was a lot of fun. They have so many beautiful fabric designs at Cuts of Cotton! Hard to pick just a few to make my mosaic!

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  10. I so love these mosaic link ups. All the different takes are so fun to see. Thanks for hosting them.

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