It's time for the February ABS challenge!http://artbeadscene.blogspot.com/2013/02/february-monthly-challenge.html
Long before I saw this month's art selection I was in Spring mode!
Clay in an array of delicate pastels covered my work bench.
Spring is all about pinks, purples, sky blue...right?
The wood block print by Toshi Yoshida definitely said SPRING.
But, the color palette was very unexpected.
How did shades that usually say Autumn to me, take me to a warm day in early Spring? To tell the truth I'm not sure!
But, I decided to see if I could use those colors to create a necklace that would shout Spring when I wore it.
My starting point was a stash of wonderful rolled birch bark beads.
I love ,love ,love these beads!
I made some delicate apple blossom beads for my "branches".
I never pass up a chance to make a flower bead..LOL!
I tinted the beads in an slightly orange tone rather than pure pink or white.
I decided my focal would be a heart. Spring is the time for romance after all .I textured the heart and it's companion beads to give a look reminiscent of carved cinnabar.I realize that's more Chinese that Japanese. But, I hoped it would give my heart a bit of an oriental feel.
I had so much fun with the challenge of of using what I though to be unseasonal colors to create a decidedly seasonal piece .
I think this necklace will be perfect with an ivory linen dress !
I hope Spring comes soon!
work in an unexpected color palette
Bead Happy !