Sunday, October 11, 2015

Brown Is {a mosaic contest}

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

Brown Is {a mosaic contest}
coffee, girl, bench, puppy, mantle

Brown is the most under appreciated color.  It's unassuming, every day, so perfectly ordinary it nearly fades away.  But, wait, that's what makes brown so special!  It's easy!  Reassuring.  Sure as an oaken beam, loyal as puppy, the comfort of a warm cup at the start of your day.

Brown Is {a mosaic contest}
horses, Barcelona, mushrooms, woman

I fear some find brown boring or blah.  They've missed its romantic undertones.  How nature moves in grand sable shades or how light sweeps over tawny stone streets, transforming what's dirty and old into something that shines.  Almost like gold.  And brown holds a myriad of subtle, delicate shades.  Though broken or small, brown shows lovely.

Brown Is {a mosaic contest}
bow, bedroom, calf, flowers

Maybe brown does this through the magic of soft.  Is there a shade of brown that doesn't feel so?  Chocolate?  Earth?  Fawn?  All soft.  Ivory?  Taupe?  Amber?  Those too.  There's nothing so pettable as smooth, creamy brown.  Like the silken underside of an modest mushroom or the coat of a newly born calf.

Brown Is {a mosaic contest}
table setting, garden girl

Brown is my favorite foil.  I reach for it more than white, before gray.  It contrasts with a friendly warmth, bringing life to all my other colors.  Mixing well with all that is growing, all that is hopeful and natural and good.

from DesignRulz.com via Pinterest

Brown is the background to our everyday lives.  It invites - come, bring your colors, and be at home.

Please join us for a Fabric Mosaic contest sponsored by Fabric Bubb.

Carefully craft your mosaic of 9 fabrics from among the offerings at Fabric Bubb.   Choose fabrics to express your favorite version of brown.  Your collection of fabrics can be mainly neutral, brown + another main color or involve quite a few colors.  Just make sure to use brown as a meaningful element in your color scheme.

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 Fabric BubbYou won't be able to copy/paste from the individual fabric pages, but you can do so from the catalog pages that show multiple fabrics.  From the catalog pages, 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.

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 October 18th.  You can make up to 2 mosaics!  On Monday the 19th, 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 October 21st.  Enjoy!


20 comments:

  1. These mosaic contests drive me crazy! Right click (Mac) sends me to the single fabric page.
    I give up. Again.

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    1. Sorry! I am not a Mac user and can't begin to help =(

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    2. Sandra, If you're on a laptop, you use a two finger click. I think for a mouse, you click on 'control' at the same time as clicking your mouse. :)

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    3. Try to 'click & drag' onto your desktop from catalog page....i used FOTOR to make collage....

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  2. Rachel, such beautiful words! I've never really used brown until I moved to the country and was completely taken in by its beauty. I can hardly make without it now!

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  3. I always enjoy your mosaic posts Rachel. You have a wonderful writing style and the photos you choose are beautiful. I have been doing my own color inspiration series on my blog and it's been so fun to look for that color each month around my environment. Love color.

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  4. Hi Rachel! Great challenge! Brown is difficult but you made it look most beautiful! x Teje

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  5. OMGoodness.....I actually did it! Not so great at navigating the computer and I entered successfully! LOVE this mosaic contest and am so excited to be a part of it!!! Thank you Rachel for your blog and allowing us all into your life....you are an inspiration in so many ways!
    Love to You & Eleni and all of your family....they are blessed to have you (& you to have them, of course)....xx

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  6. Oh I do love brown and the way sunlight can turn it to gold. I'm looking forward to playing!
    Thank you :)

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  7. Thanks for reviving brown for us..... Inspired!

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  8. That was fun! I tend to go towards brights or blacks/grays but browns really are calming. I titled mine "decaf" because of this but I obviously messed up and my title didn't go in the post. I guess I need caffeinated this morning. O.o

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  9. I use brown a lot too. What's that shade of Kona you like? Latte? Mocha? It has a coffee name I think. I like to use brown with gray and black too. Has a vintage feel I think!

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  10. I am so thrilled you are doing this! Brown has a bad reputation as being all old fashioned, country or something when it actually can be such a warm, clean color that provides a great accompaniment to so many colors!

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  11. Yes! Give brown some respect! It can provide contrast without being harsh like black or white, or it can soften and blend. Warm and rich and earthy, ahhhh.

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  12. Rachel, your photo vignettes are GORGEOUS! I love them! The bench with the blurred out streetlights, the mushrooms, all of them!! Thanks for sharing, I needed a lift today (news of an old friend's suicide on Sunday :( .......) Much appreciated, you never know when your time and effort spent will lift another sister!!

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  13. Great contest! But it always take me some time to figure out how the Mosaic tool works ... can't remember it from one time to the other;-) My favorite brown fabric right now is by Heather Ross, the butterflies on brown from her Tiger Lily collection. I think it's an autumn thing that we are drawn right now to the warmer colors and brown is perfect for that. Hugs to Eleni:-)

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  14. I enjoyed this post! Your photos are lovely and remind me that brown is under rated!
    I have a lot of wood in my house and I wouldn't choose it, but I like that it's there. Today I wore brown clothes as a tribute!

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  15. rachel, your words are positively as delicious as chocolate! you brought out so many aspects of brown i had never considered before. (you're right that it's always soft.) and those images! thanks for the toasty feast. brown was my maternal grandmother's shade and reminded me of her long before i learned to love it, which i whole-heartedly do now. thanks for the thoughts. what a treat!

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    1. I'm happy to hear you agree it's always soft. I was wondering if I was the only one to see it that way. Also, this post makes me want chocolate! Oh, wait, that's my normal state.

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  16. Darn time zones! Your midnight is further ahead of my midnight. BOOOOO!

    I still had fun with mine. Thanks anyway.

    https://handwroughtquilts.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/brown-is-a-mosaic-contest/

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