Saturday, March 31, 2018

Art Elements March 2018 Nest Theme Challenge

Cathy Spivey Mendola is sponsoring the March Art Elements Challenge and has chosen the theme "nest" for our inspiration.

I have been making jewelry for so long and really wanted to try something different for the challenge.  The only problem in focusing on jewelry for so long, is not developing the skills needed for other art mediums.  I can now say that I've tried something new and I had some fun experimenting and learning.

My first idea was to research the word "nest".  This lead to looking up the synonym of the word and then looking up the word in other languages (home, nidus, shelter, comfort, abode, gnezdo, bo, nyth, nid, nido, nesuto, sanctuary, nich....).  I wanted to make something using one of the mint tins that I have been saving.  I printed various words for "nest" on a coffee filter and cut strips to make a nest.  I recycled an birthday card as the backing for the tin.  The bird, red bead and feather were made by Gaea.

In doing my research of "nest" I remembered that there are other types of nests besides the ones made by birds.  This gave me an idea for a small assemblage project.  I used a small box lined with collage paper that has a fine print and a hive pattern, a yellow jacket nest that I had collect last summer and some Tim Holtz Alpha Dice spelling out "NEST".

Next, I tried painting a nest on a rock.  Although I wasn't very happy with how my idea turned out, I would like to practice more with this technique.

As I was getting my post ready I had that feeling that I needed to do one more thing.  I do need some earrings to wear for Easter.  And, I just happen to have some nest charms!  So I made a quick pair of earrings using some Easter egg colored beads.

I also want to share a picture of my cat, Fatty, nesting in my tool bag.  She prefers to be in my lap, hence the angry look.


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Friday, March 16, 2018

We're All Ears March 2018 Challenge

The March 2018 challenge of We're All Ears is Monochromatic.

 I made the earrings below for another challenge and was happy that they would also work for this challenge.  

I love the zebra pewter charms made by Kelly Luttrell of Vesuvius Arts and paired them with white and black lampwork beads were made by Denise Sachs-Mishalanie of Whirled Peas Beads.

The next pair are made with round faceted larkivite and little silver colored lotus pods.  The beautiful flashes in the larkivite are really hard to capture with the camera, but I think I managed a little.

I appreciate your stopping by my blog today!  

To see all of the creative entries for the challenge, hope over to the Earrings Everyday post.

Have a great day!