March Monthly Challenge

Nave Nave Moe (Sacred Spring, Sweet Dreams) by Paul Gaugin 1894, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
About the Art
Gauguin painted this after he moved to Tahiti in 1891, seeking inspiration from the native “primitive” culture, which he regarded as more real and more sincere. It is characterized by clear outlines, flat forms, and vibrant colors, which reflect the influence of native art on the artist.

About the Artist
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin, 7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903, was a leading French Post-Impressionist artist. He was an important figure in the Symbolist movement as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer. His bold experimentation with colouring led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential proponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.

Challenge Color Palette

Blog Challenge
On March 31st we will host a blog tour of everyone who blogs about their challenge entry! To participate, blog about your challenge piece and leave a link in the comments below. Your link must be posted here by March 30th to be included in the blog tour. There will be a bonus prize for those who enter in the blog tour and a prizes for our readers!
The Prizes:
Winners will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on April 1st.
Our sponsors this month are: Ornamentea, and Golem Studios please visit us tomorrow to see the prizes!
Featured Designer of the Week:
From all the entries during the month, an editor is going to pick their favorite design to be featured every Monday here on the ABS. We want to give our participants more time in the spotlight! Our Featured Designer will be this Monday, so get those entries in soon.
How to enter the Monthly Challenge:
1. Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. We post the art to be used as your inspiration to create. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.
***Beads strung on a chain, by themselves and beads simply wire or cord will not be accepted.***
2. Upload your photo to our flickr group. Detailed instructions can be found here and click here for a tutorial for sending your picture to the group.

Please add the tag or title MAR ABS to your photos. Include a short description, who created the art beads and a link to your blog, if you have one.

Deadline is March 31st. Photos are approved by our moderators, if a photo hasn’t followed the guidelines it will not be approved. You may upload 2 photos a day.
What is an Art Bead?
An art bead is a bead, charm, button or finding made by an independent artist. Art beads are the vision and handiwork of an individual artist. You can read more about art beads here.
***A bead that is handmade is not necessarily an art bead. Hill Tribe Silver, Kazuri ceramic beads or lampwork beads made in factories are examples of handmade beads that are not considered art beads.
Beaded beads, stamped metal pendants or wire-wrapped components are not considered art beads for our challenge.***
p.s. If you have a blog, post your entry and a link to the ABS challenge to spread the beady goodness.

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25 Comment

  1. Alice
    March 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Wow, such vivid colors! I need to get started on this challenge–it looks like fun!

  2. Christine Damm
    March 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Great choice! Love that Gauguin!

  3. Deb
    March 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I am really tempted to have a go at the challenge for this month, the tropical colours of this painting are ideal for translating into some beautiful jewellery. Great choice!

  4. Andrew Thornton
    March 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I read the hint last night and somehow I knew it was going to be one of Gaugain's pieces. I can't wait to make something based on this!

  5. Grubbi
    March 3, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Beautiful painting! I really hope I have time to join with this months challenge.

  6. Cillaw
    March 3, 2011 at 1:23 am

    This is a stunning painting and I love the sponsors!!
    What am I going to make????

  7. Kristi Bowman
    March 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Beautiful painting. I've had some beads sitting in a pile waiting for me to be inspired. I took them and added some new colors from the inspiration and uploaded to flickr. WOOHOO!!

  8. Cory
    March 5, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Love the painting…I will post my entry on
    and have uploaded to flickr.

  9. annajourcrafts
    March 9, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Great painting, the colours are calling for creativity!
    Here is my entry http://annajourcrafts.livejournal.com/150588.html

    also posted to Flickr group

  10. Lesley
    March 12, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Just set up my blog and included this in my first post.


  11. Stone Designs
    March 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    One of my favorite artists!
    Thanks so much for chosing me as designer of the week!

  12. Deb
    March 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I loved this months painting, I have uploaded my photos to Flickr and here is a link to my blog http://greenshoot.blogspot.com/

  13. m.e.
    March 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I blogged about my entry
    What I set out to make,
    what I actually made !!!
    m.e. 🙂

  14. Molly Alexander
    March 20, 2011 at 1:43 am

    I love the inspiration this month, and just blogged about my entry here:




  15. Elly
    March 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    What fantastic inspiration! I've been looking at the Flickr group for this challenge throughout March and some of the entries are just beautiful.

    I've recently got more interested and involved with making jewellery using handmade components and art beads, so although I don't think I'll be entering this ABS Challenge, I'm very excited for next month's! And to see who the winners are this time around 🙂


  16. Marian Hertzog
    March 23, 2011 at 2:49 am

    This painting really got to me! I posted my piece on flickr today and blogged about it here! http://mhertzog-msplace.blogspot.com/2011/03/nave-nave-moe.html

    Thanks for doing this… it was really fun! M

  17. Islandgirl
    March 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    THought I posted a comment here already… Don't see it so here's my link http://islandgirlsinsights.blogspot.com/2011/03/abs-march-challenge-sacred-spring.html Really liked the colout palete in that painting!

  18. Susan White
    March 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Loved the painting, it was a great inspiration. Here's my blog post: http://susanwhitestudio.blogspot.com/2011/03/sacred-spring.html
    Looking forward to next month's challenge already!

  19. Desert Wind Designs
    March 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Love the painting!! So many great entries (as usual 🙂 )!

    Here is my blog post: http://desertwindscreativemusings.blogspot.com/2011/03/art-bead-scene-monthly-challenge.html

  20. mairedodd
    March 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    i'm in – better late than never, right? not sure if you will consider the metal to be an art bead, but i am glad to have had the inspiration and to have contemplated such a beautiful painting – thank you –

  21. Elaine
    March 30, 2011 at 1:30 am

    This one was a challenge! Not my regular colours!


  22. Mackin-Art
    March 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm
  23. Holly
    March 30, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I love Gauguin! I love what everyone has done for the challenge so far 🙂 Here's my entry – http://silverrosedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/03/march-artbeadscene-monthly-challenge.html

  24. earthlyjewels
    March 31, 2011 at 1:25 am

    First time entering and it was fun! I posted about my entry here –

    PS I hope I still make it on time….

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