Thursday 12 August 2010

Alphabe-Thursday Summer School Rainbow Yellow

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Once again, it's time to play Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday Rainbow Summer School! This week's colour is Yellow! Let's start with some yellow fall flowers growing in one of the neighbours' gardens.

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Here are some of my yellow buttons and beads.

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A yellow-coloured crayon was always the one we used to paint the sun or fire when we were children. But yellow has its problems. If you look at yellow pigment when you are painting or printing something, you soon discover that yellow pigment is neither opaque or transparent. You cannot print plain yellow on for example brown paper. It will not cover dark coloured stock (paper). You need to first print a layer of opaque white before adding the yellow. Yellow on top of white looks clean and bright.

This was an observation that my teacher at Art School, Phil B. Meggs shared with us during a lesson for print techniques. I had both Phil and his wife Libby as teachers for several subjects at VCU. I learned so much from them. So I can't think about a colour like yellow, without remembering what Phil had to say about it many years ago.
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Within the world of plants, there are many lovely yellow flowers. Last week, when were doing the colour Orange, Polly of The 5th Sister asked me to post yellow lilies, because that was what she had in her bridal bouquet. That must have been a beautiful bouquet. I tried to find yellow lilies to take pictures for this post, but they only had white or pink lilies at the florist here. Sorry, Polly. I really tried. But I do have a picture of the first daffodil in our garden from earlier in the spring:
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And more daffodils...

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And even more...

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As well as yellow tulips.

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This is holly blooming in the spring.

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It was news to me that holly flowers were actually yellow!

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And even weeds can have pretty yellow flowers...

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It all depends upon how you look at them and what you do with them... Elisabet is wearing a crown of dandelions.
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The colour yellow is not just for spring flowers, as seen in the very first picture. Leaves on bushes and trees often turn yellow in autumn.

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If you are looking for things that are yellow and you run out of flowers and plants, you can start looking at man-made objects such as buildings. Our garage:

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A stranger's yellow automobile:

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Swedish mailboxes are yellow:

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This is my yellow crayon-style thermos bottle:

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And here is a yellow dress that I sewed for Elisabet's doll, which I also made:

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And I even have some yellow jewellery.
A necklace:

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As well as earrings:

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Photo copyright Christina Wigren

Best wishes,


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Terra of Sitting on an Oak

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Terra said...

My oldest would LOVE to sort through all those yellow buttons! How fun!

ChristiS said...

What lovely photos! I had no idea about the flowers on holly either!

Sarah said...

Beautiful yellows, each one! I'm a fan of yellow flowers. They are full of happiness for me. Thanks for sharing! ~ Sarah

Mary said...

I had no idea Swedish mailboxes were much better than U.S. black ones! Love Elisabet's crown of dandelions :-)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Thanks for the tips on coloring with yellow. I will remember to use them with my son.

Jean said...

Love the "yellow" post. Your daughter with her yellow flower crown is my favorite photo. She reminds me of my granddaughter.:-D)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great yellow post and I did not know that about the yellow over brown.

signed...bkm said...

Elizabet is beautiful in her crown of yellow.....blessings...bkm

Viki said...

A lot of wonderful yellow pictures but I love the crown of dandelions. It looks so cute on your daughter.

Jo said...

oh the crown of dandelions is just adorable!!! wonderful photos, i love the mailbox ... so vibrant!

Jen said...

Ooooooh, I love yellow! I really liked the Tulips and the buttons (I have a button fettish *grin*). Thanks for sharing so many lovely photos with us :o)

Natasha in Oz said...

Well this was the happiest and yellow-ist post I have seen all day! My favourite picture was of your sweet little princess adorned in yellow loveliness.

Best wishes,

Grampy said...

Great yellow pictures. And nice info on the coloring of yellow. I never thought of it. I am going to have to give it a try with my granddaughter. And of course Elizabet is just adorable with her Dandelion Crown.
Have a great day.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

A wonderful selection of photos - especially the beautiful flowers!!

jeff campbell said...

I love all your yellow...diverse, funky, cool...I really like the beads and such...something artistic about that shot...yellow is so cool...Peace and blessings Christina

Pondside said...

The flowers of our native Oregon grape are also yellow.
I didn't know that Swedish mailboxes are yellow - I love to learn these quirky new facts!

Sue said...

I do love daffodils! And a dandelion crown on a beautiful little girl...


Cheryl said...

That dandelion crown is gorgeous! I'd never have thought to create something so elegant out of something so often thought of as pesky. I do love dandelions ~ until they go to seed.

Jenny said...

Is there anything more charming than a crown of dandelions on a sweet little princess? I think not!

What a lovely, happy yellow post! I smiled from start to finish!

I didn't know that about holly blossoms either! I always thought they were white!

Thanks for linking up to Alphabe-Thursday's Rainbow Summer School.

I always love visiting you!



I love your yellow flowers. In Texas, in 105 degrees, the flowers that seem to fair the best are yellow. I didn't know that fact until recently. No wonder my yellow Lantana and yellow Cannas are the only things left blooming in the heat of August. Great post!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I like all the yellow flowers. The earings are cute also.

Christy said...

great photos...and thanks for the lesson on the color yellow...i actually learned something!

Melinda Cornish said...

Elisabet wearing the crown of dandelions makes them look like the best flowers in the world....she looks like a princess... i love all your yellows!

Kat said...

What lovely photos of yellow you've shared with us. I love that your mailboxes are yellow, how happy and fun. And yellow tulips are one of my favorite flowers. But the best picture is of Elisabet in that dandelion crown, such a sweet photo.

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