One Crayon Color Challenge

Add Spice To Your Life With Orange

I love color!  The tagline for my business is:  Luscious Color.  Lasting Quality.  Its  color that makes my heart sing!  So when I read that Sally Russick, of  The Studio Sublime ,was hosting a color challenge blog hop, I signed up right away!

While playing with some crayons, Sally got the idea to host this color challenge.  Participants each chose one color to work with – and one color only! We could use all shades and variations of our chosen color, but  no other colors.  For someone who designs for the joy of rich color combinations, being confined to just one color was, indeed, a challenge.

I chose the color orange and had the good fortune of having been given a number of orange art beads recently.  I received orange spacer beads from Erin Siegel in a bead swap at the Philadelphia Bead Fest in April.  After the bead swap we had a drawing for door prizes and I won the fantastic orange polymer clay heart by artist extraordinaire, Staci Smith. The two enamel beads near the pendant are by Barbara Lewis of Painting With Fire.  There’s also one small lampwork bead by Radiant Mind.  The remainder of the necklace consists of artisan and commercially produced ceramic beads, handmade Indonesian glass, pressed glass, copper and brass.

handmade orange necklace

“Orange You Glad I Love You?” necklace

I wanted to challenge myself a bit, so I strung the pendant and beads on cotton cording.  I’ve only done a few necklaces and earrings with cording and I’m having fun experimenting with it.  I’ve recently started making some of my own clasps.  The clasp on this necklace is hand formed and forged of brass and it hooks into an orange resin ring.

handmade orange necklace

“Orange You Glad I Love You?” necklace, with handmade clasp

I haven’t had time to add this to my shop yet, but if you are interested, contact me or leave a comment below.

Thank you, Sally!  This was a great idea for a challenge!

handmade orange necklace

“Orange You Glad I Love You?” necklace

The links to all the other participants are listed below.

Hosted by:

Sally Russick


Therese Frank

Rochelle Brisson

Lisa Lodge

Malin de Koning

Bobbie Rafferty


Linda Landig  You are here!

Cherrie Fick

Beth McLarnan

Cece Cormier

Renetha Stanziano

Tanya Goodwin

Jean Welles

Amy Severino

Rebekah Payne

Lola Surwillo

Judy Turner


Jennifer Justman

Rose Brisson

Kim Bender

Heather Powers

Shelly Joyce


Cherie Reed

Rebecca Anderson

Hope Smitherman

Patti Vanderbloemen

Michelle Buettner

Alicia Marinache

Charissa Sloper

Sonya Stille

Maria Grimes

Nancy Saccoccio

Sandi Volpe

Joanne Tinley

Catherine Pruitt


Mary Harding

Karin Gilman

Jayne Capps

Lorelei Eurto

Melissa Meman

Alice Peterson

Jenny Davies Reazor

Cynthia Machata

Melissa Essenburg

Regina Santerre

Lauren Streets

Elizabeth Auld


Tracy Mok

Jennifer Judd Velasquez

Marti Conrad

Lori Anderson

Donna Bradley

Courtney Breul

Linda Younkman

Susan Kennedy

Lisa Liddy

Tracy Stillman

Dawn Doucette


Diana Ptaszynski

Shannon Chomanczuk

Janice Everett

Karen Williams


Kashmira Patel

Heidi Post

Birgitta Lejonklou

Holly Westfall

Karin Slaton


41 thoughts on “One Crayon Color Challenge

  1. You have created a lovely piece with tones and texture. How fun to be able to use so many artist’s beads in one piece! A very whimsical piece to wear! Lovely

  2. Beautiful job! You used some amazing art beads today! The more creations I see with “tangerine tango”…the more I am loving this color! You did a great job with the cotton cording, too! Beautiful necklace!

  3. A fantastic piece! I love the variety of beads you chose which really draws me in. Your handmade components and the knotting technique is terrific! And the name you chose for this fun piece is so clever!

  4. Thank you Linda for participating in the one crayon challenge and creating a perfectly, spicy necklace!! The beads compliment Staci’s beautiful focal wonderfully. I love how you strung the beads on the cord, it adds such lovely texture and all those beautiful orange hues!! Lovely!!

  5. I love color the same way you do and I would have been absolutely intimidated about designing a whole piece in ORANGE. See, most of the time orange and I are polite in mixed company, but when alone with each other we just can’t seem to find anything in common.

    Anyway!! YOur orange necklace is really something special. I adore all the art beads and personal touches you were able to use. It really turned out awesomely!

  6. Your necklace is beautiful. I love all the different components – all so different from each other, but yet they tie together so well on the cord. It is a wonderful composition. Great job.

  7. Linda,
    Your necklace is gorgeous I love all the different shades of orange and the different elements used in your piece. I find that I have been gravitating to orange lately and it is a color I used to dislike.

  8. Beautiful work, Linda! I love how you mixed all those various media andmade it look fluid and happy, not one ounce busy. The cord is a very nice touch – and the name of the necklace is perfect!

  9. Linda, what a gorgeous necklace! That focal is lovely, and I like how you pulled out the cording to experiment with. What a lovely cornucopia of orange you’ve used too! Beautiful…

  10. I love the mix of textures and all the different hues of orange you pulled together in this successful design. I think the knotted work between the beads adds such a lovely bit of texture!

  11. I’ve had a “craving” for orange this Spring too! Most of the beads I’ve bought have been small gemstones. Looks like a bigger, bolder look is in order! These are terrific!

  12. Luscious color, indeed! The heart is a gorgeous starting point, and how lucky that you had some many other great orange choices in your collection to work with. This is a show stopper!

  13. Hi Linda! Orange will always be my favorite…since the day I first painted my bedroom walls a crazy sherbet mango color. 🙂 Love the great bead combination! It’s like a celebration of artistry! Have a great Sunday. 🙂

  14. Linda, where oh where do you find the time to hook up with all these interesting challenges? I love monchormatic design and appreciate the one color design idea! You created a beautiful bracelet.

  15. Luscious spicy oranges – I see saffron, cinnamon, turmeric, pumpkin. Now I’m hungry! I’d love to wear this to dinner – how those warm tones would glow by candlelight. Enchanting!

  16. Linda – Every time your are in a blog hop I look forward to seeing what you create – I know that whatever it is, it will be awesome! This necklace is beautiful! Staci’s heart is just perfect. Another great job!

  17. Wowee! I love this! Orange was gonna be my color, but I buckled and chose my go=to color green. You did great!

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