Art Elements Keep your Sanity Challenge – August

We’ve moved to a once monthly challenge, which falls in the middle of the month, and the Component of the Month is at the end of the month – this gives us more time to be creative! Works for me, because I was very much inspired by the August theme of Faces.  Here’s what I made!

This first one is called Mother Earth and features a face bead by Dana Swisher – I have a cat face cabochon from her too, but now I’ll need to become a collector and get more!  I so enjoyed making this! Hope it shows!

 
This next piece features a bone face cabochon, dichro dots by Cindy Bos, and it’s called The Four Cardinal Directions. I wanted it to have a buddhist, namaste feel.  I feel it!

I already have another one in the works, an Inuit inspired piece.  I’ll show it when I’m done! Thanks for stopping by!

Art Elements Weekly Challenges::Week 1

And now, for a rare extra blog post, I bring you the Art Elements weekly challenge post! 

The group of us over at Art Elements have internal challenges from time to time, and this will be a weekly one to combat all of the political noise and chaos that’s taking place.  The first prompt was red! 

This was awesome for me because I had just embarked on a quarterly challenge to myself, for the exact same reason as above.  My personal challenge will follow the seasons, so four pieces of beaded work.  Hearts are the theme.  This first, for Spring, is entitled “Take Your Broken Heart…” and will be finished with green beads and lucite flowers. I plan on stamping a piece of copper with the words, and attaching them to the frame at the bottom of each section.

The pieces measure about 3×3.5 inches.  Summer will be a rainbow in the heart, and the title will be “Somewhere…”.  Fall is TBD, but will probably center around a candle (for the holidays that have festivals of light, like Eid or Diwali). And Winter, a snowflake of course, titled “Now Is The Winter…” from Shakespeare.  There will be lots of meaning, hidden and obvious, in the pieces.  I hope to mount them on foam core and then into a frame.  I may have to have a certain person make the frame for me, but I’m sure he’ll be ok with it!  In the meantime, here are my other hearts waiting for me!