Art Journey Challenges, Monday Musings

Monday Musings: Creating for Art Journey Five

I’m baaaack! Ok, you might not have noticed that I was gone, but the past few weeks have taken me all around Great Britain with my husband and a couple of our friends and then on to our annual science fiction/fantasy convention. All this traveling and carrying on hasn’t left me too much time at the bead table, but I still managed to make a little something for Art Journey Five.

In many ways it’s probably unfortunate for me that the Journey I find the most challenging is the one for which I have the least amount of time to create… or maybe it’s a good thing because I just don’t have the luxury of getting caught in a bad headspace!

In between doing a billion loads of post-trip laundry, I managed to sneak in a little bead time. For now, I’m focusing on Untitled (Medici Princess) but I hope to circle back to some ideas for the other three pieces of inspirational artwork before the Journey comes to an end.

Since I didn’t have time to gather and photograph my art bead picks from my personal bead stash before my last post, I thought I’d start by sharing what I came up with for the Medici Princess.

Untitled (Medici Princess) :: Art beads from left to right: Golem Design Studio, Green Girl Studios, Blue Hare Art Wear.

When I originally starting pulling beads for this Journey, I had very little for this inspiration artwork. Luckily, my trip to the Bead & Button show helped me round out my options for this one (and also gave me a chance to find some great stuff for this year’s remaining challenges). I picked up a colorful pendant and matching lentil beads from Golem Design Studio that felt right for this piece of artwork. Score!

I read the round object by the princess’s hand as a piece of fruit… an orange to be more exact… so I made a jewelry set with oranges as the focus of the art beads! For some reason I prefer a strung design with most of the pendants I buy from Golem, and this was no exception. I mixed a bunch of yummy Czech glass beads in colors to compliment the pendant along with some dyed jade, faceted carnelian rounds, and brass spacer beads. I went for an asymmetrical design for this one and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out!

For the earrings, I added some fun Czech glass dangles to the bottom of the ceramic lentil beads. Golem’s beads never cease to amaze me with their gorgeous colors and wonderful designs It’s awe inspiring when you understand that each bead is carved and glazed individually by hand!

Before I leave you, here’s a sneak peek at the other art bead possibilities that I pulled from my own stash for Art Journey 5.

Tilly Losch :: Art beads clockwise from top left: Gaea, Summer Wind Art, Golem Design Studio, Diana Ptaszynski
Untitled (Soap Bubble Set) :: Art Beads clockwise from top left: Tesori Trovati, Humblebeads, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Hotel de la Duchesse-Anne :: Art Beads clockwise from top: Blue Hare Art Wear, Sj Designs (me!), Jenny Davies-Reazor

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I’ve been up to. I hope that you’ve been having fun creating for this Journey as well! You have until Saturday, July 27th to add your entries for Journey Five. Click HERE to submit your creations for this Art Journey. Remember, you can enter as often as you like… the only rule is that you have to use at least one art bead or component.

Sarajo Wentling, Your Monday Muse

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1 Comment

  1. AnnMSchroeder
    July 10, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    It’s always so fun seeing what you pull out of the inspiration, things I would never thing of.

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