Friday, March 16, 2018

We're All Ears :: March Challenge :: Monochromatic March 16

Photo by Meriç Dağlı on Unsplash
Photo by Meriç Dağlı on Unsplash

For the March challenge of We're All Ears, we are going monochrome - black + white. 

Mix all the patterns. 
Throw in a pop of a color if you like .(and don't forget, metal is a color, too!
Play with scale and texture.
Most important

Photo by Eddie Garcia on Unsplash
Photo by Eddie Garcia on Unsplash

Have fun!

I decided to mix pearls, black lacquered wood, and sterling for a quick and easy pair of earrings.  I used thin and delicate silver keishi pearls and black lacquered wood beads along with the long silver kidney wires to create unique earrings with an edgy fashion look. The black wood lacquered beads, and silver add contrast and texture to the monchromatic earrings.

Photo by Colin Carter on Unsplash
Photo by Colin Carter on Unsplash
I am anxious to see what everyone creates this month. Hop over to Erin Prais-Hintz's blog "Earrings Every Day"  to see what our hostess came up with for this challenge. From there you can follow links to other participants' creations.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Art Bead Scene March Monthly Challenge

Watercolor Red Water Lily of Southern India  By: Marianne North
Title: Red Water Lily of Southern India
By: Marianne North
Date: 1878
Medium: Watercolor

March Color Palette
March Color Palette

What is the Monthly Challenge?

Every month The Art Bead Scene challenge their readers to create jewelry inspired by the featured artwork. Our only rule? You must use at least one art bead in your piece!

This month's inspiration piece "Red Water Lily of Southern India" is by Marianne North who was an English Victorian biologist and botanical painter who spent her life traveling the world, studying plants and painting them. She traveled for 24 years painting over 6 continents and 17 countries. This month's challenge painting comes from Marianne’s trip to India. She produced 200 paintings during her 15 months in India. Without formal training her work blurred the lines between art and scientific studies. She created many of her paintings in the field, directly observing her subject matter.  She created over 1000 paintings in her lifetime. A true pioneer who forged a career that caught the attention of Britain and the respect of her peers, such as Charles Darwin. Her work was of remarkable importance to the botany community in a time before color photography. She not only painted flowers, she discovered unknown species.

In her later years she created a gallery of her work at the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens .  Now the gallery houses 833 piece of her work. You can watch a video of her life and work produced by the Kew Gardens here. To read more about the artist and see her work, visit here.

  Photo of turtle by Tanner Larson on Unsplash
Photo by Tanner Larson on Unsplash

My inspiration came from the earthy greens and yellow colors in the grasses of the watercolor by Marianne North.   

Turtle bracelet by BayMoonDesign
Turtle bracelet by BayMoonDesign
I used a turtle bracelet bar by polymer clay artist Brooke Bock. It had those earthy colors and the turtle seemed to be a creature that might live near the water lilies. The gorgeous green lamp work is by Sue Kennedy. The greens in it are perfect for the greens of the grasses and bracelet bar. I used annealed steel wire which I treated with steel wool and Renaissance wax because I wanted to draw attention to the blacks in the bracelet bar. I love how the turtle bracelet turned out.

Turtle bracelet by BayMoonDesign
Turtle Bracelet by BayMoonDesign

I love turtles for a variety of reasons. I am a graduate of the University of Maryland. Their mascot is the terrapin. I have a necklace with a gold turtle on it that my husband gave me and I wear it frequently because it is special to me for both reasons. Turtles are deeply symbolic. They are a slow and methodical. I sometimes think of myself as slow and methodical. I think that those are good qualities for someone who makes jewelry. The shy creatures can retreat to their shell when startled. I am also shy my nature. People associate them with patience, longevity, and wisdom. These are all good traits to have.
Photo of turtle by Eleonor G. on Unsplash
Photo by Eleonor G. on Unsplash

Who doesn't love turtles!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Bead Peeps 5th Annual Swap N Hop Goodies

Selection of Potential Focal Beads
I was so excited when the mail arrived with all of these goodies.  They were sent to me by Hope Smitherman as part of the Bead Peeps 5th Annual Swap N Hop.  I sorted the beads into two groups--possible focal beads and beads.  My choice of possible focal beads includes a pair of polymer clay beads by Tree Wing Studio.  I predict those are going to be earrings.  Other bead choices include a bead by large bright bead by Gaea.  Hope sent me a floral tin bead that she created from a vintage tin that she found on one of her adventures.  She also sent me a vintage key embellished by Hope with polymer clay flowers.  Hope also included a gorgeous round bead by Kim Rodgers of Numinosity.  I have narrowed down my choice of focal beads to two.  I am going to use the Gaea focal and Hope's floral focal.  I also received a lovely floral clasp and an antique brass leaf clasp which I adore.  On March 26, 2018, I will be revealing what I have created from these beads I have been gifted. 
Selection of Beads
I love all of the colors of beads that Hope sent me.  The colors all co-ordinate with the focal beads that she sent.  What a treat to not have to dig through all of my beads to find co-ordinating beads.  I am determine to use as many of the beads that Hope sent me as I can. She included some blue and ceramic rounds, amber colored shell beads, blue dyed jasper, green beads, white glass beads, yellow Chinese crystals and some pink salvaged beads.   Since I know I am going to be short on time prior to the reveal, I am trying to get some pieces made now and get them photographed when the sun is shinning bright.

Handmade tags 
I love a lot of the crafts that Hope dabbles in so I appreciate the time and  effort that goes into making them.  She attached her tags that were originally pages from a newspaper .  She punched the tags out and coated them with something like gesso.

Handmade card by Hope
I also make cards so I love seeing other handmade cards.  I am sure that Hope used a Gelli printing plate when she made the print on these cards.  I love the colors.  This card might just be a color palette that I use.

Stop my March 26 and she what everyone has done with their beads!  I am looking forward to seeing what Hope makes along with everyone else.  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February Monthly Challenge

Title: Star Lovers
By: Warwick Goble
Date: 1910
Medium: Watercolor

Color Palette for the challenge

I love the inspiration piece for the Art Bead Scene February Monthly Challenge. The title of the painting is Star Lovers which I think is perfect for the month of February. The title is perfect for this month.  This watercolor is by Warwick Goble.  It has a romantic look to it.

As soon as I saw the colors in this inspiration piece, I thought of a pair of hoops that I had by GardanneBeads. The color of the blue is pretty close to the blue in the painting and of course there is the gray on the hoops and in the painting.  All I needed to add to complete my color palette was some silver. This challenge is just what I needed-- a little nudge to turn them into great earrings. I wanted a pair of hoop earrings to wear with jeans and these earrings are what I designed. I wanted something simple, lightweight and not too long.

Hoop Earrings by BayMoonDesign

With enamel hoops like these, I would hate to add anything else except two sterling jump rings and a pair of sterling silver ear wires. 
That do you think about my take on this month's inspiration piece?