guest blog: Color Studies by Michelle Engel Bencsko

I’m taking a little break this week to attend to some personal stuff, but don’t worry I have a full schedule of Guest Bloggers lined up for you so there will be plenty to read!  I will be at home (no fun vacay for me), so I will also be checking in a little bit as well from time to time.

Today Michelle Engel Bencsko of Cicada Studio is sharing a wonderfully colorful treat! Michelle just launched her latest venture Cloud9 Fabrics, which she co-founded with Gina Pantastico.  The ladies started Cloud9 with the goal of to producing eco-friendly, affordable, organically produced fabrics for the crafting/sewing community.

by guest contributor Michelle Engel Bencsko of Cicada Studio

Color studies has always been one of my favorite art subjects. It’s most likely that if you ask me to look at something, the first thing I’ll notice is color (followed closely by balance and form). Spring has a way of elevating this perception at every glance; even in the gray of a rainy March day, the bright chartreuse shoots pop off the dark damp earth. Coral buds strike against their woody stems. Yellow petals start peeking through. Regal purple splashes across hay-colored lawns. The world is going technicolor, and my eyes and spirit are reawakened!In honor of the upcoming symphony of color that we’ll be privileged to view in the next few weeks I’d like to share some of the splashes of color I’ve been collecting over the mono-toned winter months.


1- Mod Square Quilted Pillow Cover by Silly Boo Dilly

2- Orange Mari Teapot Cozy by Kalla

3- Mustard Mary Jane House Shoes by Elephant and Chickpea

4- Porcelain Sale Cellar by Clay Swan

5- Spring Has Sprung Pillow Cover by Home Sweet

6- Felted Wool Stones in Rustic Turquoise by Lil Fish Studio

7- Recipe Greeting Card by Epicerie

8- Mini Frame Pouch in Daisy’s on Purple by Oktak

9- Sketchbook in Totem Fabric in Fuchsia by Summersville

About the contributor: Michelle Engel Bencsko is a textile designer and graphic artist for Cicada Studio, her self-owned and operated company. You can find her exclusive textile print collections in her Etsy shop  and her licensed quilt fabric collections at Henry Glass & Co.  She resides in New Jersey with her husband and two sons. She’s also dedicated to her blog, Cicada Daydream, which she keeps up daily.

11 thoughts on “guest blog: Color Studies by Michelle Engel Bencsko

  • October 20, 2009 at 11:25 am

    As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you

  • April 1, 2009 at 1:36 am

    All of those colors make me so happy. Just a splash of color everywhere, I love it!

  • March 31, 2009 at 7:54 am

    i love color studies and the rainbow effect, too. wonderful choices, michelle.

  • March 30, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Yay!I am jumping up and down with joy over your color choices!! (Thank you!)
    I have been eyeing those wonderful lovely Mary Jane’s myself for the last week, and the turquoise felted pebbles are marvelous!

  • March 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Wow, lovely!! I’m so flattered to have my felted stones included in this gorgeous color study.

  • March 30, 2009 at 10:50 am

    oooh, fantastic choices! love the rainbow effect. color is my favorite, too!

Comments are closed.