Sunday 5 May 2019

2019 #7 Topic introduction: Turquoise

 2019 Topic 7: Turquoise

Well hello everyone, Keren here! Welcome to another new theme: Turquoise! 
Turquoise has a history that some people are confused over. Many think that the stone was named after the colour but it is the very opposite. It is one of earliest mined gemstones often recovered as a by-product of large scale copper mining operations. Unlike iron or copper that are primary elements, turquoise is a secondary element and it's formed by a combination of minerals that are impacted by weathering and oxidisation.

This is a stunning colour that brings life and warmth to so many different colours that it can be paired with. The mix of blue and green brings boldness and yet pairs so elegantly with neutrals too. I've garnered a group of photos using different shades of turquoise and hope you find something to inspire you.

We start with the simple and elegant. This appeals to my CAS (Clean and Simple) loving heart. I love the stitching and quilting and can imagine this transferring to a paper-crafted project perfectly.

We are staying with fabric, contrasting how different turquoise can seem when it partners with a darker and more subdued palette. It has a real arts and crafts look about it and its vibrancy is downplayed but still brings a warmth to those cooler colours.

If you're hunting for art with some zing, look no further than this bold beauty, showing just how much brightness turquoise brings and is perfectly at ease with gold, green, dark cerise and red.

Sometimes less is most definitely more and using turquoise as an accent lifts the colour scheme on this elegant concertina album.

If texture hits the spot for you, then this fabulous card has it in abundance but also delivers an arty looking combo where turquoise is most definitely the leading lady.

This beautiful example has little pops of turquoise in the flowers, sequins, beads and feathers and cleverly adds just enough but not too much!

This next artist needs kudos if only for the time taken and perfect execution. However, it's much more than that, using lots of shades of turquoise and patterned paper to create some mesmerising art. Don't you just want to reach in and touch it?!

This aptly named artist has a love of turquoise and it's evident in her riveting blog. Combining the colour with the bright, almost neon pink and purple really lifts the colour and gives the canvas real vivacity.

This next project stopped me in my tracks. I've never seen altered headphones and thought it was pretty cool. Turquoise takes on a different look from the combo before when combined with green, brown and black and white.

If you're wondering how you might get the look. I've a trio of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paints to start you off: Beach Hut, Turquoise and Captain Peacock. Try adding them to the colours you've got and come up some splendid combinations.


It is surprising to find our theme colour so at home in a vintage-styled project, and yet, it works. Notice the torn edges with little bits of turquoise just peeping through.

Having turquoise as the hero colour was important to show, and this card is sublime in its simplicity but proudly portrays the main colour. Stunning.

This next set of ATCs are my favourite project of all of the turquoise themed ones. The multiple layers of paint, text and colour and the injection of colour with the red are sumptuous. A clever design and one you'd love to receive in an ATC swap.

Big stores aren't always where we look to for inspiration, but Anthropologie is known for its artistry and clever displays. The mustard pairs so beautifully with the turquoise, teal and mocha.

We like to have something in the topic from the PaperArtsy family, and Lucy's tissue flowers fit the bill perfectly. Lovely semi translucent layers with painted stamped flowers on top!

Coral pink was an unexpected colour duo that works magnificently. Notice the tiny accents of yellow and you have a combination fit for the 'summeriest' of days.

Although this grouping of colours is similar to one we've already seen, I thought it was worth adding as in its starkness there is real beauty. Sometimes we just need to let one main colour sing.

Last, but certainly by no means, least, this party on a canvas reflects turquoise's chameleon nature; it really can morph into so many different combinations and look really at home. Despite them being all so vibrant, none are overly fighting for dominance and yet there turquoise is, coolly stating 'just look at me'!

You're going to love the projects we have coming up for this topic. We are not doing the linked challenge  for 2019, so if you want to create along with us and this topic, please share on our social feeds so we can see what you get up to. For more inspiration, check out the Pinterest themed page. The best places are Instagram @paperartsy or post in PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world!


Miriam said...

Fab topic, using my fave colour! Great inspiration

Etsuko said...

Wonderful topic 'Turquoise' A fascinating color that everyone can inspire, as I do!!. xx

Jeni said...

Fabulous variations of my favourite colour. I got married a few years ago and my dress was turquoise nuno felt........... and I wore turquoise cowboy boots!