Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I was delighted to be one of the highlighted artists this week in a post from Mary Harding! What a privileged to be considered amongst these fantastic artists! All I can say is WOW! I am so grateful, thank you Mary!

TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015

Meet The Art Bead Artists: June, 2015

                            Artist Beads Inspired by the painting Feuilles by Louis Seraphine

Here are some of the wonderful art beads that have been posted to the Art Bead Scene Pinterest Board in response to the June Challenge painting, Feuilles, by Louis Seraphine.  All just stunning!!
As in past months, this post is about meeting some of these art bead artist who have contributed.  You may remember meeting Barbara Handelsman of  BH Claysmith and Cate Van Alphen of Fulgorine Beads in previous posts.  I have highlighted their names with links to those posts.

This month I am please to introduce you to Katherine Thompson.  She tells me she has been an artist all  her life making paintings and sculpture.  More recently she began making jewelry and now is focusing on making art beads and jewelry components.
I asked Katherine what inspired her about  this months ABS Challenge painting (pictured  below)

                                                  Feuilles by Louis Seraphine

Katherine told me:  When I saw the painting there was no second thought for me, I love leaves.  When I was young I had the wonderful opportunity to live on 10 acres with horses, cows, an assortment of fowl, cats, dogs, gardens and huge trees. I used to walk around our property with a bird book and a tree book. I would try to identify them, I am a nerd. I love to learn. I am drawn to using my hands so I absolutely love shaping copper. Little sculptures. The leaves in this painting fit round peg into round hole for me. I could spend the rest of my life on leaves inspired from this painting.

Katherine likes to work with copper and describes her process: I am drawn to using my hands so I absolutely love shaping copper. Little sculptures.  I love enamel work too and have a tendency to improvise to get what I want. Somewhat like the featured artist I used what I have been playing with to get what I wanted. I used the Utee melting pot with the clear embossing enamel and shaved pastels on to my leaves. I had the freedom to mix, leave chunks, dots, drools, swirls, make my own colors. In this way I was able to apply a more painterly approach to my work and truly create a one of a kind piece.

Some more of Katherine's Leaves:
            June ABS Bead Challenge ~ Copper Pendant with Embossing Enamels and Pastels ~ Made By Katherine T ~ Barn  Burd Designs~-

                          Copper Leaf by Katherine Thompson Barn Burd Designs

Copper Leaf Pendant ~ Green Embossing Enamels by Katherine Thompson of Barn Burd Designs

You can read more about Katherine on her blog  where she explains her business name and how she is changing over all of her sites so they will be in sync.
and visit her  Etsy Shop to see more of her work.


June ABS Bead Challenge - Leafy Lentil shape beads which I blogged about here:
               Art Beads by Pat Handschuh  for the June ABS Challenge   Polymer Clay

These stunning beads were posted yesterday afternoon to our Pinterest Board and I did not have time to speak with the artist Pat Handschuh of The Color of Dreams but wanted to include them and give you some links where you can get to know her work better.
She has an Etsy shop called The Color of  Dreams Boutique where she sells her amazing handmade polymer clay beads.  I learned from her shop profile that she has been making art beads and jewelry for over 10 years.  I have included  a couple of pictures of her beautiful beads.

Unique  Blue Turquoise Feather Handmade Artisan Polymer Clay Beads

Unique Blue Turquoise Feather Handmade Artisan Polymer Clay Beads by thecolorof dreams

Europa Moon Colorful Handmade Artisan Polymer Clay Beads Pair

Europa Moon Colorful Handmade Artisan Polymer Clay Beads Pair by  thecolorofdreams

You can read more about Patricia Handschuh on her blog thecolorofdreams.  She has a post explaining how she made her beads for this month's ABS Challenge.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Inspired by tide pools. 
Well I ccould have made many, maany things from this inspiration! This is what I did. Brass plate textured and colored with metal paints. Ceramic greek beads and fresh water pearls.

We're All Ears Challenge

Monday, June 15, 2015

Here are the jewelry pieces that I created with my special gifts from  Mary Harding I won them from Art Bead Scene. I absolutely love how different these pieces are! Each one is a reflection of my personality. 

This bracelet fit the vibrancy of this month's Art Bead Scene challenge so well it made it easy and delightful for me to put the two together! I absolutely love!!! the silk string, ( I'm guessing it's silk ) it is so pretty. It worked well with the beads that I made to meet the challenge too. I also was able to have some of my beautiful flowers blooming at this time that I felt reflected the colors of the challenge. 

Copper Leaf earrings, hand shaped and colored with embossing enamels and pastels. Silk gifted from Mary Harding.

Copper leaf pendant hand shaped and colored with embossing enamels and pastels.

Asiatic lilies, sun drops

corn poppy

day lilly

Beads from Ragged Robyn. and Michaels.  Czech flower and leaf beads.

Stephanie Lois

You can see the quick biography of Stephanie on the Art Bead Scene blog here

The era of this painting is the 1920's. Here is a poster from 1920 showing the Art Deco fashion and jewelry style of that time.

1925 Pearl Jewelry advertisement


Aviation hat 1928

Thursday, June 11, 2015

I was very fortunate this month to receive a random pick comment winner from Art Bead Scene's posts. I was given a gift certificate from Mary Harding for $20.00. I chose the toggle clasp but she put this sweet ceramic heart on it with this beautiful string that I will be recycling for this month's Art Bead Scene Challenge. Than you, thank you Mary!

What's really neat is that in December I was the random pick winner too. I won a gift certificate from Ragged Robyn. She is located in the U.K. and I was expecting the package to come slowly especially since it was holiday time but it eventually came just this month. Every day I went to the mailbox and I kept telling my kids, " It'll be there! " I had hope!!!! ( DRAMATIC BACKGROUND MUSIC!!!) and then there it was. I whipped those beads into a necklace for ME of course right away. I will post soon! Thank you Robyn!!!