The truth is the design itself was a Big Surprise to me !!!
I was delighted to see that the monthly challenge painting was "Cache-cache" by Berthe Morisot !
Several weeks ago I made a series I titled "Jardin Potager" Wonderful ! I already had beads that seemed perfect for the color pallet and I had even given them a French name !
But ,the ABS challenge is my time to play . I always try to make something new to enter,something just for fun.
So I started working on my entry in my usual manner.
I really would love to tell you I sat down with sketch book in hand and carefully planned my necklace .
But ,that would be a Big Fat lie!!! My method is this ...first dump everything on my bed that matches color,shape or theme of the painting . Then keeping putting things into little piles until I come up with a group of elements that inspire some sort of design idea . Gather up tools ,wire ,jump rings etc and try to figure how to make the elements come together to form a wearable piece of jewelry !!! Creative Chaos ... LOL!!!
Challenges are always a good excuse to go shopping !
So I ordered some Fabulous chain and rings from missficklemedia in the Perfect white patina.
I couldn't resist making some beads to mimic that beautiful patina! And of course I made a big bright flower!!! Then I selected several ribbons that were in just the right colors. But ,I couldn't pick which to use and which to leave out. Finally I decided they looked so nice together I would try to use them all !
I set everything out on my worktable ,trying to figure how to best connect the ribbons ...then....SURPRISE !!!!
The leftover ends didn't look "leftover" !
Instead they looked very much like the ribbons in the painting !!!.
The free flowing ribbon ends also created a scarf like effect that somehow reminded me of both Paris fashions and soft Summer breezes !!!
My design had really created itself !!!
What a wonderful Happy Surprise !!!
allow yourself a bit of design freedom
see where your elements take you !
maybe you'll have a nice Surprise
and Bead Happy !!!