J is for...

A thing of beauty is a joy forever

- John Keats

J is for Joy and Jewel and Juicy (juicy colours, to be exact)

Joy is defined as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. How and where we find joy depends on each of our circumstances. One aspect that has a great impact on our perception of joy is colour.

We all react to colours in particular ways, since this is ingrained in us. Colour influences our mood as it sends subliminal messages to our brain: we all have favourite colours.

What is the colour or colours that make you happy?

Mini Project

You are going to design a little jewel, basically a gemstone of sorts. This jewel looks like a precious stone made up of a beautiful array of juicy colours: a selection of your favourite colours. The stone could be faceted or round and glowing, polished or in it’s natural state. It contains the variations of your favourite colour combinations, in harmony and balanced or jasperated (verigated colour streaks).

Use any medium and look at the Pinterest link to get ideas for your gemstone. What cut do you like best? It need not be realistic or perfect. Create this stone in a way that suits you. Have fun with the art material you choose, watercolour, ink, paint, pencil or felt tip. Keep it simple or use a combination of mediums. If you’d like to, create a collage.

Is luminosity or dimension of importance? If you had to place this jewel somewhere, like in a piece of jewellery or other creation, what would it be? Have a think about this - your assignment is only to create one glowing beautiful gemstone.

If you’re mixing colours, try colour samples on a separate sheet and keep this for reference and possible future use. Have fun!

Here’s a link for some jewel and gem inspiration:



This is a colour study. Look at colour and colour combinations. Focus on applying colour in a small area to create something simple beautiful.

You're welcome to share your outcomes in the group’s Facebook page. Please don't post course material or outcomes to to other public Internet sites or to social media.

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