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Project Spectrum 2.0: The Official Word
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Project Spectrum 2.0: The Official Word

After seeing your suggestions, and mulling it over a bit on my own, I have come up with the list for this year’s Project Spectrum.

Starting this February – as in FOUR WEEKS from today! – we will embark on another exploration of the color wheel. This time, there will be more “wiggle room”; with each two month span there will be THREE colors or groups. This means that you can choose one of the colors and immerse yourself in it for two whole months, or you can use all three in your creative process.

February / March
Blue, White, Gray

April / May
Green, Yellow, Pink

June / July
Red, Black, Metallics

August / September
Brown, Orange, Purple

The color triads were picked randomly and fell in this nice little order. Three colors a month gives all of us more latitude and more room to explore. Of note: the addition of the “Metallics” category in June / July. This is the perfect time to work with the golds, silvers, coppers, etc. that are in your various craft stashes. I am thinking that this may be the perfect way to use those silver beads I got as a birthday gift…


The general inspiration is the same as the first incarnation of Project Spectrum. Creative expressions of all kinds are welcomed and highly encouraged. Bust out of your crafty routine and challenge yourself to see colors in a different way! If this means dipping into a new craft, or simply seeing your own craft through a different lens, Project Spectrum is the impetus you need!

Just for a little rundown and review of WHAT Project Spectrum is for the newcomers (a rehashing of last year’s post on the topic with a few new highlights):

Colors inspire. Colors elicit deep emotions and memories. Colors symbolize life events and the changing of the seasons. We surround ourselves with color – in our homes, in our gardens, and even on our dinner plate.The idea of Project Spectrum is simply a celebration of the colors around us, and taking the time to notice them. Participants can dye, crochet, weave, decoupage, spin, build, stitch, knit, paint, scrapbook, construct, sew, quilt, cook, grow, collage, photograph, bake, or bead items in that color group (of course all arts and crafts that I missed are totally welcome as well!).

It is really about expressing yourself creatively – making something beautiful, and creating something unique with your hands. It is also about thinking outside of the box – perhaps taking up a new hobby, or a long neglected one, or finally dabbling in design.

You can choose to make one thing out of the designated color(s) in the two-month span – or twenty things! This is a no-pressure project. You can simply make a photo essay – you carry around your camera with you and post pictures of the color objects you see throughout your daily travels.

Projects can be big or small – whether you plan to tile your kitchen or photograph a blooming tree in your backyard – it is not a race, it is just about sharing your creative work to inspire others and express your spirit!

You do not have to have a blog to participate. If you would like to share your work with others, think about joining the Project Spectrum Flickr Group! You simply have to have a passion for creating and expressing yourself through your work, and encouraging others to do the same. This is a create-along! It can easily work with any crafty obligations you may have – whether they are swaps, planned gifts, etc.

Project Spectrum is about expression and creating beauty with all of the colors of the rainbow – and there are millions of ways to do that! Let’s discover them together!

There you have it – a new adventure in the making!

In the coming days, I will post about what I am planning to do during the Project Spectrum span, as well as inspirational photographs and crafts that get me thinking about all of the colors of the rainbow! Please let me know what you think of the color combos, and join the Flickr discussion about what you are planning for this round! Also, grab one of the trusty Project Spectrum buttons, and tell your friends! Stay tuned – This is going to be great ;)

314 Responses

  1. JenL

    Count me in! It sounds like great fun. And I my lovely hank of Schaeffer Anne in pink, yellow, and green (with a little blue) will be perfect for April and May.

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  5. Ari

    I’m definitely doing the spectrum this year. I missed out last year and regretted it! Besides, I’m on a stashbusting binge this year (and man, does it hurt!). yay…may the colorful times roll!

  6. string

    I’m IN, yet again

  7. Quirky-Kitty.com

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  8. Liz

    I’m in again, too. I did it last year but didn’t follow too closely. I’m thinking this project will help me work my way through some serious stash-busting. Thanks for another great idea, Lolly. :)

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  10. Amy

    I’m in! Sounds like fun :)

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  21. obsidiankitten

    i’m in, and i’m so excited! i missed it last year, but enjoyed seeing people participating (and was green [blue, yellow, orange...]) with envy!

    i already started posting pics on my blog and love the whole idea of PS…so great that you put this together. it’s an excellent way to inspire new projects, new ideas, and a kind of creative synchronicity.


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  24. purly girl

    Hi, I want to join! I enjoyed socktoberfest, and I’m back for more!! Great job lolly!

  25. Anna

    So fun that this starts again! I joined right away!

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  39. annmarie

    I’ll get back to the blue, but, inspired by the view from my kitchen window, I’m kicking off with grey.

  40. Sharmanizzle

    This is such a cool idea, I can’t wait to get started.

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  46. Melanie

    What a cool idea! I signed up a few days ago and I’m already having fun. Thank you for hosting this!

  47. Dana

    What fun! I have channeled my recent washcloth knitting frenzy into blue and white colors and have a kitchen full of February/March Spectrum colors! Luckily, those are my favorite colors. The next color set will be lace for my tea set. This takes the question of what colors to do projects in away from me. Always a good idea as I get bogged down by the infinate choices!

  48. Myra Katz

    Help! Please! I printed out instructions for this project a few weeks ago (I think) and it says March is red & pink; April is orange and yellow; May is green, etc. I’m really excited about doing this but something seems to be wrong as no one else is using these colors. Can you tell me what’s happened and where do I go to get the “straight poop”.

    Thank You,

  49. Jenna

    I’m in! Quite late, but still in. :)

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