Friday, May 15, 2015

Nuanced Neon {a mosaic contest}


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

Neon is bright.  It's bold.  It's s.a.t.u.r.a.t.e.d.  Almost, but not quite, too much.

Nuanced Neon {a mosaic contest}
hearts, flowers, room

Full of pluck and personality, neon waves, "Hi!"  It dances and sings, bright lights, center stage.  Without trying, neon feels young.  It's just what we need to push those chins up, smile and move on. To be hoping and expecting the best of tomorrow, today.

Nuanced Neon {a mosaic contest}
table, pastels

With a bit of nuance, neon grows up.  Warm amber, soft ivory and dignified chocolate brown - neutrals temper neon's flame.  I see a vibrant summer wedding.  A soft, silky work of art.  Neutrals are a natural way to slow down neon's ways.

Nuanced Neon {a mosaic contest}
books, doors, crochet, flowers

More tricky, more subtle, is neon with soft.  Butter yellow interrupts neon's parade; soft sky blue blankets her march.  More light, more white washes neon almost pastel.  Eyes open wide to sparkling, joyful shades.

Nuanced Neon {a mosaic contest}
roll cart, pillows

Or try baby pink, a little soft spring green.  Smooth neon's rough edges with colors so gentle they all but disappear.  See if, as by magic, neon becomes some quiet pretty thing!

I invite you to join us for a Fabric Mosaic contest sponsored by Mad About Patchwork.

Carefully craft your mosaic of 9 fabrics from among the offerings at Mad About Patchwork. Choose fabrics to express your interpretation of Nuanced Neon.  Your collection of fabrics can be playfully bright neon or more nuanced with neutrals or soft shades.  Just make sure to include a few very bright colors.

Once you have your fabrics, the free Mosaic Maker tool makes it a snap to create a mosaic.  Copy and paste image url's from Mad About Patchwork.  To find url's first go to the item page, then right click on the image you want and choose "copy image URL".

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.

***Important 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 May 20th.  You can make up to 2 mosaics!  On Friday the 22nd, I'll open voting.   We'll have two winners!  The 2 Top Mosaics will earn a complete fat quarter set of their mosaic fabrics!!!  Winners announced May 25th.  Enjoy!


  1. What a delightful post, so thought provoking and well written! XO

  2. Oh this is so pretty and fun. I am excited to see all of the entries, Rachel.
    Happy Week-end

  3. I love the way you give voice to the colors that we see and gently explain what we are seeing. I hope to hear more on this as I love the photos you posted and would like to be able to assemble something similar.

    1. Did you take my Color Intensive class? I think that's my best effort so far on teaching how I work with color. Thanks for your compliment to my writing!

  4. I do so love these post. Your photo mosaics and words are always beautiful! Thank you for the reason to play with all those bright colors :)
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Thank you as always for another great opportunity to play with color! It's always fun!


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