I recently created a pair of fun earrings
using hand painted and antiqued purple brass fans, purple lampwork beads and other colorful components. Â Although purple is not my favorite color, it is near the top of the list and always has attracted me, as do the two colors that combine to make purple. Â Because of that I curated a new collection, called "Pretty in Purple
" to showcase the "purple" work of twelve ArtFire artists, some featured below.
Purple beaded key fob / ID holder bracelet handmade by Mary Beth of TheTwistedRedhead
Many, many people have a passion for the color purple, and I can see why with its oh-so-rich color! Â Having read many years ago that purple has always been considered a "royal" color and a "creative" color, I decided to do a bit of research about the color purple. Â Here is a bit of what I found:
Amethyst purple lace butterfly bookmark handmade by Michelle of PolkadotOrchid
Purple is a combination of blue and red, the warmest and coolest colors. Â Red is filled with dynamic, active energy and blue is the opposite, a cooling and calming color. Â Because of the combination of the two colors, purple is said to enhance creative energies and is associated with inspiration and imagination. Â It is considered by many artists to be the perfect color!
Purple awareness Swarovski crystal earrings with sterling silver ribbons handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo
Purple used to be called "Tyrian purple". Â Tyre was an ancient Phoenician seaport (located present day Lebanon) from about 2000 BC through the Roman period. Â A purple dye was extracted from a mollusc found on the shores of the city. Â Because of the time consuming process used to extract the dye, only the very wealthy could afford fabric dyed "Tyrian purple". Â Alexander the Great and the kings of Ptolemaic Egypt all wore Tyrian purple. Â The imperial robes of Roman emperors were Tyrian purple trimmed in metallic gold thread and the badge of a Roman Senator was a stripe of Tyrian purple on their white toga. Â In present day, because it represent also represents wisdom and valor, the United States awards a Purple Heart to soldiers wounded in battle. Â Â
Amethyst gemstone glycerin soap with a tall crystal formation handmade by Bonnie of Soapsmith
In color psychology, it is said that if purple or violet is your favorite color, you are sensitive and compassionate, understanding and supportive, thinking of others before yourself. Â You are the person others come to for help. Â Being needed motivates you but sometimes you allow people to take advantage of you. Â You are a gentle and free spirit. With your feeling that run deep, you can be quite sensitive to hurtful comments from others, although you would never show it.
Purple is also the color of spirituality and is often used in meditation. Â It is said if you surround yourself with purple, you will have peace of mind, although too much purple can cause moodiness. Â It helps us find our power within - not the power that dominates people, but a power rooted in connection to Spirit. Â Violet is associated with the seventh or crown chakra, the chakra used to communicate with our spiritual nature. Â It is also found quite often in Nature: Â orchid, lilac, violet and lavender colored flowers.Â
Purple delphinium original wildflower watercolor painting handmade by Cathie of countrygarden Purple hand painted and antiqued fan earrings with lampwork beads, Czech glass and Swarovski crystals by Catherine of ShadowDogDesigns
I hope you enjoyed this short history of the color purple and maybe learned something new. Â More importantly, I hope you enjoyed the purple selections from the studios of ArtFire artists. Â Please visit their studios by clicking on the link under each photo. Â And you can visit the collection this post is based on by clicking the link: Â Pretty in Purple
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