Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Blue


The theme of our Keep-Our-Sanity challenge is The Color Blue.

A bit about the ancient use of the color blue in human history (from wikipedia):

In Egypt blue was associated with the sky and with divinity. The Egyptian god Amun could make his skin blue so that he could fly, invisible, across the sky. Blue could also protect against evil; many people around the Mediterranean still wear a blue amulet, representing the eye of God, to protect them from misfortune.

Natural rough lapis lazuli.

In application, the color blue has been used for art and decoration since ancient times. The semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, coming from mines in Afghanistan, was used in ancient Egypt for jewelry and ornament. The cost of importing lapis lazuli by caravan across the desert from Afghanistan to Egypt was extremely high. Beginning in about 2500 BC, the ancient Egyptians began to produce their own blue pigment known as Egyptian blue, made by grinding silica, lime, copper, and alkalai, and heating it to 800 or 900 °C (1,470 or 1,650 °F). This is considered the first synthetic pigment. Egyptian blue was used to paint wood, papyrus and canvas, and was used to colour a glaze to make faience beads, inlays, and pots. It was particularly used in funeral statuary and figurines and in tomb paintings. Blue was considered a beneficial colour which would protect the dead against evil in the afterlife. Blue dye was also used to colour the cloth in which mummies were wrapped.

Copper sulfate, another mineral source of blue.


The interpretations by The Art Elements Team are many and varied. Enjoy!

Claire Fabian: Our new plates, thoroughly tested right now. I just love them, perfect for summer time.

Claire Fabian

Claire Fabian: Summertime on my balcony.

Claire Fabian: Blue themed acrylic pours… I am still experimenting qith different consistencies; study 1.

Claire Fabian: Blue themed acrylic pours… I am still experimenting qith different consistencies; study 2.

Claire Fabian: Blue themed acrylic pours… I am still experimenting qith different consistencies; study 3.

Lesley Watt: It’s been all about glazing for me this week so here’s my study in blue…

Jenny Davies-Reazor: While technically this in my beaded tapestry for April- it IS what I worked on this week. April Showers. I used 2 layers of silk in the cloud, and kept the rest very simple!

Jenny Davies-Reazor: Watercolor and assorted drawing mediums. While this is a rather traditional interpretation of “blue ” I have been using these loose gestural pieces in my art journal as a personal art therapy.

Susan Kennedy: Just finished this two-drop peyote cuff in colors of the beach! I love doing the clasp this way!

Susan Kennedy

Caroline Dewison: Made in porcelain for my upcoming show, I decided to paint him blue, although he came out paler than I expected.

Cathy Spivey Mendola: dreams…hopes…wishes…

Cathy Spivey Mendola: UFO… I haven’t done a mixed media assemblage in a while so thought I would give it a go. The ceramic body for my ‘blue angel’ is a cone shaped piece I made years ago when I used to play with clay. I made the polymer face & glazed it with blue. The metal ‘halo’ is a rusted tart tin. I plan to do some free motion stitching on water soluble stabilizer to make wings for her-which will need a stiffener added to keep them upright. Hopefully I finish her, if not this weekend I will finish her next week.

Cathy Spivey Mendola: “Blue, blue, my world is blue”

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Karen Totten: Recently fired beads. I have been trying to incorporate more blues in my glaze palette. This batch contains a few new experiments.


Karen Totten

Karen has worked professionally as an artist and designer for over 30 years in a variety of creative disciplines: architectural design, illustration, art direction, mixed media art, interaction design. She currently works full time as a User Experience (UX) Design Principal for an international consultancy. When not flying to work every week, her other passions are ceramic art, sketching, and occasionally, jewelry design. “For me, the creative life, from UX to fine art, has always been one of exploration and adventure. As the daughter of an air force navigator, I grew up a traveler. To this day I am intrigued by stories and motifs that transcend time, culture, and geography.“
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