Showing posts with label creativity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label creativity. Show all posts

Thursday, February 13, 2014

10 Awesome Tips to Get Your Beading Mojo Back!

It happens, we lose that spark.  Winter gets long and it's more fun to shop for beads than actually sit down and make something.  Or maybe you just feel like you are a in rut creating the same designs and need to expand your jewelry horizons.  Use this list as a jumping off point to find new inspirations.  Or give yourself a weekly assignment for each of the 10 ideas! Print this out and hang it next to your bead area. Here are some resources to help you get started:

Jewelry Challenges & Contests: Art Bead Scene Challenge  *  Challenge of Music Blog HopUncommon Goods Jewelry Design Contest  *  Bead Star  *  Bead Dreams 

Bead Soup Basics and the Bead Soup Book and check out the bead soup inspirations in the Spring issue of Stringing.

Online jewelry classes: Beaducation is a nice resource to check out for online classes.

Pinterest is a good place to find tutorials quickly: Earwires and Clasps. It's also great for inspirations like Ancient Jewelry.

Explore Design Seeds for new color palettes.

Check out inspiring websites like Anthropologie, Sundance and Mod Cloth to find clothing to inspire your next jewelry design. Create a piece of jewelry to match an outfit.

How do you break out of a beading rut?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Studio Saturday with Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
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This weeks winner is.... Heather Fig
You have won a set of ceramic beads from Gaea Cannaday of Gaea Handmade.
Send Gaea an e-mail with your address and she will get it right out to you.
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This week we visit the studio of Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry.
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I lost the entire month of April.
 I am not sure where it went. And if I didn't blog at all that month, does that mean that I did nothing?
Au contraire!
I was so busy that month that I am having a hard time cataloging everything. But I will give it a shot.
Here is a sampling of what went on behind the scenes at Tesori Trovati in April...
I was approached by someone through my Etsy shop to inquire if I ever did mushroom spores in my work. Hmmm... that was intriguing. I had no idea what that meant, so I had to search and found out that spore prints are made when you take the tops off mushrooms and leave them overnight on paper where the impressions of their ruffly edges appear from the spores that are released. That is how they tell the type of 'shroom it is. She belongs to mushroom enthusiast groups (I had no idea!). I made the spores and also some other mushrooms using my own original artwork and textures. Available in my Etsy shop.
Every year I make a commemorative piece of jewelry for the director of my daughter's dance studio themed to the Spring Showcase for the upper level dancers. My Tiny Dancer was in nine of the pieces including a really amazing duet with an older dancer. The show this year was called The View and the opening and closing song that featured the five seniors was one that I suggested, 'Kaleidoscope Heart.' So I made this faux fused glass bib style necklace with all the lyrics from this short but powerful song.
You can see more of this up close on my blog.
A few years ago when the dance studio turned 10, I came up with a special necklace that would be for the dancers that had been there for 10 consecutive years. This is the third year that I have done this. It has become a right of passage for the these girls, something to cherish. The dog tag style has three pieces: one with their name stamped, one with the motto of the school stamped (above), and one with an etched dancer logo of the school. This year I had help with the etching from my friend Cat Pruitt of Boo Beads who did a great job. I like to hire experts and that helped me to focus on what I can do rather than fretting about what I can't. Thanks, Miss Cat!

I also do an annual fundraiser for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) themed to the show. We are the only studio in the state of Wisconsin that is accredited to have this honor. This year for The View I made kaleidoscope and dancer images under glass. Each pendant is hand engraved on the back with the year of the show.
In previous years I did a semi-custom order and usually donated around $250-300, which is 40% of the total. This year it was strictly cash and carry, which meant I had to have a lot of stock on hand. This fundraiser was at least 3 times more successful than in the past. I will be giving them a check for $900 at the NHSDA banquet tonight. My Tiny Dancer will be inducted into the middle school chapter after getting the necessary points in just over one year! So proud of her and this school! And since this was so successful, I am currently putting plans into place to offer a line of jewelry that will be for causes close to my heart that is affordable for all and interchangeable so that you can add to it every year. Stay tuned for more developments.

The April Art Bead Scene challenge painting of a walk in the meadow inspired me to bring a little bit of wild {flowers} to my Sampler Club offering. I thought about what it might be like to live in that field, as if you were getting a mouse eye view. On the back is a quote from a song... "you belong among the wild flowers." How is that for a pairing... Tom Petty and Monet! Get yours in my Etsy shop for a limited time!

 I was delighted to be the one to select the painting for our May challenge. I was drawn to the glory of these amazing flowers, the incredible detail and also the architecture and the romantic little view out the window. I happened to find the perfect bezels with that rounded niche shape and focused on tulips to recall the 'Tulipomania' that transpired in the 1600s on tulips in Holland. These View to a Tulip charms and a coordinated Tulipomania pendant are available in my Etsy shop.

My friend Tanya Goodwin approached me to ask if I would consider a custom order. You see she was testing for her black belt in karate on April 12th along with two other women and she wanted something to remember this momentous occasion. I created a hand carved yin-yang symbol with the words "we are what we repeatedly do" on the back. I finished this in the Swellegant patinas to give it an aged metal appearance. You can see the really awesome necklace she made with this and a beaded infinity symbol here. I will take custom orders for this yin-yang pendant and your custom message in my shop.
I was honored to be selected to participate in the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month challenge. Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions created murrini glass headpins and sent me two. I made a flower bloom cuff bracelet for a corsage that will never fade. You can see more of this design on my post Bursting Forth.
I saw a post that Brenda Schweder had on her Facebook page about a bit of rust she picked up in a parking lot. Coincidentally, I had found the same piece from my own rust farm (i.e. van). She proposed that we make something and share it. I accepted the challenge. This led to the creation of a new series I am exploring called "LIES They Told Me." That afternoon I met a local boutique owner who was impressed by the story and has asked me to add to this collection and sell it in her shop, so now I need to work on that!

Whew! That is just a bit of what has been going on behind the scenes at the Tesori Trovati studio! (Can you believe that there was MORE? There was! But I am out of room to write about it here!)
I think I need a vacation ;-) 

I realize looking at this that pretty much all of these pictures show something that I custom made for a client or was suggested by someone else. 

My question for you...
Do you take custom requests from clients?
Or do you prefer to just do your own thing?

Share your thoughts!
A random winner will be selected to win their choice of either one of the available mushroom pendants shown above, or a pair of yellow tulip charms from this month's Simple Truths Sampler Club.

P.S. Happy Mother's Day to all those who are moms!
Erin Prais-Hintz invites you to go on a journey of inspiration at her blog Treasures Found :: Inspiration is Everywhere. You can view a gallery of her work at or purchase her popular line of 'Simple Truths' in her Etsy shop.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Inspired by Music

People can relate to the musicality of shapes... Painting is 'silent music'... Soft and hard edges are similar to loud and soft notes... Harmony, chords, pitch, rhythm, syncopation and timber can all be translated to the visual arts.
~Clyde Aspevig, painter

There are so many things that can inspire a piece of jewelry. A walk in a garden, a sunset at the beach, cute little baby toes, a snippet of your favorite poem and, of course, the art that we select on Art Bead Scene.

Usually, when I am designing I let the beads just talk to me and tell me what they want to be, but for a piece to be truly successful to me there has to be more than just pure prettiness as the inspiration. Of course, the best is when I am inspired by the person that I am creating for, but sometimes there isn't anyone in particular in mind for a piece of jewelry. In those instances, I like to turn to other sources when seeking inspiration.

Inspired by the song 'Gravity' by Sara Bareilles
A few years ago, I decided to challenge myself to see how I could turn varied inspirations into my own interpretations. I started offering what I call the Quarterly Challenges to my blog readers. I was actually surprised to find that so many were willing to join me in the Challenges. I promise my blog readers that they will have fun, learn new things and that I will always put a little bit of a twist to the Challenge just to keep it interesting. This month I am hosting a blog hop for the 2nd annual Challenge of Music. There are 48 participants who will be sharing their music and their creative interpretations for the reveal on March 1st.

Inspired by the song 'Uncharted' by Sara Bareilles

Your musical choices say a lot about you. And the personal playlist of every person on this planet will be totally unique. Last year I asked the participants to share their favorite pieces of music through a piece of jewelry. Since there were participants from all around the globe, we had a true world beat.

This year I challenged the participants to select a piece of music that was purely instrumental. Why instrumental? Well, when you select a song with lyrics you invariably see what the lyricist leads you to see. But when you select a piece of pure music, it is open to your interpretation. At first I worried that others would feel that it could be a bit boring without the lyrics to guide you, but I have found is that instrumental music is anything but boring. I also thought that it would be easy to select, since there is no shortage of instrumental music in every genre, style and era. That is proving to be the hardest part, even for me as the host!

Inspired by the song 'Gonna Get Over You' by Sara Bareilles

So, how do you go about choosing a piece of music to inspire you? For me, it has to have emotion. As I listen to it, there has to be some power behind the sounds. Not necessarily that it is a driving beat or loud, but that the music makes me feel something in my gut when I listen to it.

Once you select a piece of music, then what?

I suggested to my Challenge participants that they listen to the music over and over. Have it on in their studio space when they are doing something else. Play it in the car. Try listening to it at different times of the day. While you listen, close your eyes (okay, not when you are driving!) and let the sound wash over you. Pick out the individual instruments. Listen to the beat and rhythm. Every time you hear it, pick up on something new.

Close up of some doodles for a design I am working on based on one of the songs
Then, with pen and paper, doodle while you listen. Fill an entire page with shapes and lines and squiggles. It doesn't have to resemble anything that you will create and you don't need to be a great artist. Just make marks on the page. You might be surprised to find repeating patterns relating to the rhythm or sound of certain instruments. Set that aside and come back to it later. You might be able to translate one of your doodles into a shape you can create with wire, or beads, or fiber in your work.

 I wrote a blog post about synesthesia, in particular chromesthesia, the idea that you can see with your ears. Consider the colors that you see in your mind when you listen. What textures or shapes or patterns are prevalent in the music. If there is a driving beat, what beads in your stash evoke that strong force? If there is a repetitive pattern, how can you use beads to reinforce that? Does the music loop back onto itself with repetition of sequences? If the music is soft and mournful, what materials or colors might you use? As I am listening, I will go around my studio and pull out all the pieces that I feel represent the music to me and then start to arrange them like puzzle pieces.

My doodles and notes after listening to several songs I am considering

I used to teach a 7th grade English class and we would write poetry inspired by a piece of instrumental music. But this exercise can also help you with any visual representation of music. Try this:

Listen to the piece of music and freewrite your thoughts, feelings, moods, phrases, whatever it is that you see in your minds' eye when you hear the sounds. Don't worry about grammar, punctuation or complete sentences. Don't lift your pen once the music starts. Just write and write and write. Be as descriptive as possible whether you are writing a story of what you are envisioning or just the feelings, shapes, textures the music evokes. Maybe you can even envision a scene unfolding. When you are done you should have a page (or more) of words. Next, fold the page(s) in quarters. Cut the paper(s) into fourths. Highlight or circle the words and phrases that pop out at you on each piece. These words will be powerful and can become incorporated into your interpretation literally (if you use words in your work) or figuratively by translating those words into shapes and colors and textures.

For me, it is easy to pull out all my art beads and make something pretty, but sometimes the piece feels flat and lacking soul and substance. I feel that my work goes to a different level when I allow myself to be inspired by something - a walk in the woods, the monthly art inspiration from Art Bead Scene, a powerful poem or a piece of striking music - that is larger than myself.

Please come by my blog on Friday, March 1st to see the reveal of the 2nd Annual Challenge of Music and consider joining me for the remaining quarterly challenges coming up in May, August and November.

Do you find it easy or difficult to interpret various inspirations for your creations? Would you rather just let your beads lead you to beauty, or would you prefer to have some sort of an inspiration? Why do you think that is? 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Studio Saturday with Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry

 Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard.
The following week we choose a random winner.

This week's winner is Renetha of Lamplight Crafts! Congratulations, Renetha! You have won a a polymer clay Buddha pendant from Barbara of courtesy of Erin Siegel of Erin Siegel Jewelry! Send Erin an email with your address and she will get your prize out to you soon!
This week we visit the studio of
Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry

I started my Simple Truths Sampler Club in the spring of 2010 with the idea that it would push me in new directions and help me come up with new ideas. I wanted it to be affordable, so I broke it down into four levels: 3-, 6-, 9- or 12- months. The original idea of the Club was to have a limited edition design that was exclusive to the Club and would not be sold elsewhere. If someone came back to me and asked about a previous Club selection I would explain that I could not recreate it. However, I have a limit of 20 spots in the Club and if the membership was not full in a given month, I would sometimes bend my rule and make one that might be similar to the Club selection at full price.

The only problem was that I would not really plan out what I was going to make and more often than not, I would wait until the very last minute. What came out was what I was focused on at the moment, what was in my heart and on my mind. And sometimes what was sitting right in front of me. While that is a true representation of where I am as a person there wasn't a lot of advanced planning. And I sort of felt like maybe I had failed my loyal members.

Each year I put together a collage of the previous months to see where I have been. It is interesting to me that there is sometimes a theme present. Sometimes there is a color or shape that I gravitate to. This year there were a fair amount of winged things (birds, bees, fairies) and flora (flowers, leaves, acorns).  (For some reason, I am missing a month and cannot for the life of me recall what it was! June? July? Does anyone who was in the Club last summer remember?) I am not sure what that says about me and my mental states... that I have tried to fly away and seen a lot of growth? Hmmm.....maybe....

At the end of last year the interest in the Club seemed to be waning. That is bound to happen. I have a lot of hoarders in the Club and several members told me they wanted to continue but just couldn't. I completely understand. I have a shameful glut of art beads that I must deal with this year before I can allow myself to buy new ones. (On a side note, I do have a special Pinterest board to promote those that use the Simple Truths in their creations. And if you get one published and let me know so I can celebrate you!). I have always said that as long as there is one person in the Club I will continue. I thought that the Club might fade away at the end of the year. I almost removed the listings from my shop, but some long time customers, and some new ones purchased spots to start in January, so that gave me a reason to refocus my vision for this years' Simple Truths Sampler Club.

So I knew that I wanted to change things up a bit to the Club. Here is an excerpt from the revised Club welcome letter:

For 2013, I have made a few changes to the Sampler Club.

I am challenging myself to carve my own designs whenever possible and to try new techniques. I am excited to share them with you! This will be a big learning curve for me but I am ready to take these components in a new direction.

I find incredible inspiration in the monthly challenges over at Art Bead Scene and my plan is to make some of these ABS-inspired pendants as Club offerings. I encourage you to come and play with us in this fine creative community at It is where I got my start designing. It pushed me creatively and I have met some of my best friends through this place. Since you have to use an art bead in your submission, my hope is that you might consider using the one I send to you as inspiration. This monthly focus will allow me to have a plan in advance and to work at pushing my creative boundaries while still giving you a quality jewelry component.

The biggest change involves that I am actually planning instead of procrastinating! And since my word is BALANCE for 2013, I think that feels sort of good!

I sat down with the paintings for the year and sketched out designs. That doesn't mean that I will be sticking to these exact notes, but it feels good to actually have a plan that I can look forward to each month. I am even ahead of the game because I have already completed my design for February and I have ideas percolating for March and May! Because I made the decision to change things up at the very beginning of the year, I was a little bit late with the January Club selection, but I was also trying a few new things that have been on my list:
  • Inspired by the Art Bead Scene challenge painting for January, Black Peacocks with Japanese Persimmons
  • Carved my own texture plate with an original design
  • Played with the Swellegant line of patinas, a new technique for me
I hope that my Club members felt that it was worth the wait. ;-) What do you think?

Inspired by the challenge painting, I carved a peacock feather. The center, or eye, of the feather is a wee little heart.

I wanted it to look old, like a relic from the past. The patina I used is a rich bronze with verdigris and touches of Caribbean Blue, Indigo and Violet. The highlights are in a rich brass.One of my members emailed me to say that she thought it was bronze PMC and not polymer clay. Aha! My clever disguise worked! Pretty good considering that before I worked on the patinas, my husband thought it looked like fish bones!

Proud as a Peacock
One final change to the membership - or rather a clarification - is that I will continue to offer these special pendants inspired by the Art Bead Scene challenge each month to the Club members first. Their privilege is that they are guaranteed to get one. And their membership price works out to be reduced from my regular shop offerings. However, I have decided that I will now offer limited edition runs of these pendants each month to my Etsy clientele, provided I haven't hit my membership max. This month I only had four members, so I have a few available in case you are interested. ;-)

The remaining Proud as a Peacock pendants are available in my Etsy shop as of today. But I set one aside just for my Art Bead Scene readers. Would you like to win it? It might be a bit too late to enter a design with it before the end of the month, but I sure hope it will inspire someone to make something special! And that it will be shared with me so that I can Pin it!

Answer the following question to be entered:

What is a new technique that you are interested in trying to shake it up in 2013?

Want an additional entry? Leave a comment if you share on social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, blog, etc) with a link back to what you did. The random winner will be announced on January 26th!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Studio Saturday with Erin Prais-Hintz

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
This weeks winner is Erin Strother! Congratulations! You have won a 'Goddess Bless You' button!
Send Tari an e-mail with your address and she will get it right out to you.
This week we visit the studio of Erin Prais-Hintz at Tesori Trovati Jewelry.

I never met a challenge that I didn't like. I find that I am quite comfortable in my own little rut, that there is little incentive for me to push myself further, but I also know that there is so much more waiting for me and I am the only one that holds me back. So a few years ago I started seeking out challenges.

It started innocently enough. Right here. With the ABS monthly challenges.

At first I just looked and oohed and aahed a lot. I didn't think I could make anything good enough to post. But then there was that time that they did Matisse, and I thought, 'Why not? It is only one harmless little challenge? What could happen?' 

{One of my first ABS submissions inspired by Matisse, March 2009 featuring ceramic discs from Jennifer Heynen of Jangles, still one of my favorite pieces}
 I entered my piece and was delighted that I was chosen as the designer of the week by Miss Jennifer Heynen of Jangles. I will never forget the high that I felt from that moment. I was in awe that people could make jewelry inspired by master works of art. And it was also my first introduction to the world of art beads, mini masterpieces in themselves. Those editors at ABS kept coming up with new inspiration every month, which is like crack for me. I couldn't get enough. And I recall completely looking forward to what the next month might bring. And seeing how I could push my own limits.

{'Grow Tall, Bend Deep & Love Life' for the ABS challenge April 2011 featuring a Green Girl Studios leaf, a ceramic leaf bead from Earthenwood Studios and a tile from Marie at More Skye Jewels}
From that innocent foray into challenges, I started hitting harder competitions: first it was the online retailers and their annual contests for prizes, next it was publications like Bead Trends and Stringing. And finally, I felt the bug to compete in the Bead Star. From there it was only natural to do the Bead Soup. It was a lot of hard work, but I was up to the challenge.

{Winner of 2nd place in the Designs with Heart category of Bead Star 2009 - 'Good Advice' features ceramics by Jennifer Heynen of Jangles}

Then I decided that I just wasn't getting the same sort of buzz from the challenges that I was doing. I wanted more. I had ideas of what I would like to see in a challenge, and so I started offering my own version called 'Inspired by..." each month and a few people played along with me. I was now fully addicted.

Then I decided that I should come up with my own challenge, and in 2010 I started with the first - the Challenge of Color in November 2010. I was able to tease my participants into joining me and getting the same high off their creative juices that I was experiencing. And I have been able to do it again... and again... This November will be the 3rd Annual Challenge of Color and I am already planning what we will do to rev up our color palettes!

{For my Challenge of Literature, inspired by a poem by Cristina Norcross "For Those Who Endure Midwest Winters" I call this 'Winter Into Spring' featuring fold formed and patinated leaves from Mary Jane Dodd, polymer clay egg from Heather Powers and a wee ceramic birdie from LeAnn Weih of Summers Studio}
 This year I decided to bring the crack of a challenge to the masses with a new challenge each quarter. There was the Challenge of Music in February, the Challenge of Literature in May and now, on Monday, July 30th, I will announce the next Challenge of... on my blog. I can't give away all the secrets, but I will give you a taste and tell you that it will take you to places you never thought you would go! (Don't you just want to mainline a bit of that challenge with me? Hmmmm? ;-)
And lately, there have been others coming to me and suggesting different themes or ideas for hops... and I have been gently encouraging them to pursue that on their own, to splinter off and make their own attempt at running a blog hop. To franchise the idea, if you will. After all, there is so much to be gained by being the hostess and there are plenty of great ideas to go around!

{'Inner Joy' created for the 4th Bead Soup Blog Party, September 2011, featuring a gorgeous enameled hummingbird and beautiful lampwork glass beads from Beth & Evie McCord}
I have found that the best challenges don't have to be the largest ones with the most participants or the wackiest theme. The whole point is about creating a community, cultivating an appreciation for our artistic differences and giving ourselves a push outside our comfort zone. That is what we are trying to do here at the Art Bead Scene as well. I hope that is what happens when people come to play with me in my Challenges and what others experience with the myriad of opportunities out there there is a hop for everyone!

And speaking of hops, today is the first of three reveals for the popular Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. Lori is a whiz at running one of the largest hops around and making everyone feel welcome. My reveal date is today. Come on over to my blog today to read about my new friend Eni Fabian from Austria, who makes amazing seed bead creations, and see what we created with our Bead Soups. And if you are looking for a new challenge, join me on Monday, July 30th for a reveal of the next Challenge of...

Up for grabs this week to one random commenter on this post:

A custom made 'take time' message stick pendant

Do you like to participate in hops and challenges? Why or why not?
What are some of your favorites?
What is your best idea for a hop or challenge? 
Have you ever considered hosting one of your own?

P.S. Come back here on July 31st for a reveal of the ABS Monthly Blog Tour that I curate as well!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Creating Art Beads from the Unexpected!

 A few thoughts about Art beads. Are they only the beautiful clay and glass pieces that those amazing designers sell in their shops? Of course not! You can make art beads yourself with fun or basic materials. Use unusual things or just a little wire you have laying around...

One of my favorite designers and dear friend Jody Engelmann did just that with these amazing little hearts! She used bronze wire and what looks like double headed copper head pins to create these amazing and unique art beads.
 She even took it one step further and created a matching toggle! So a double whammy for Art beads in this stunning bracelet! Please take a moment to visit her Shop and Facebook to see more wonderful designs!

Another long time favorite of mine is the creator behind Fanciful Devices! Creativity without borders! I would love to be able to come up with some of the ideas they do! Absolutely wonderful!
The earrings named "Deserving Your Love" are made with stunning Mesh flowers! Now that is truly creating Art beads with unusual things! I can honestly say I would never have thought of that myself! I love the intricate folds that must have come so naturally in the mesh, I love even more that the earrings are asymmetrical! 
Last but not least, the amazing Erin Prais-Hintz! I just love how she turned a link in this chain into an art bead. That's all you need! Seriously! She wire wrapped delicate little pink crystals to a link in this chain with wire! Amazing and unexpected detail!
 If you look at the whole picture you will see she did the same to two more links in this necklace. What a beautiful, simple yet out of the box creative result!

So what will you make into an Art bead? What unusual products will you try to turn into an Art bead? Leave us a comment, we would love to know!

Thanks for stopping by...


All pictures in this post were used with permission from the artists. Please do not reproduce these ideas, but use them instead to inspire you to create something new.

Friday, June 10, 2011

All About Ophelia: Inspiration for the June Monthly Challenge

Sometimes the hardest part about the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge is just getting started. I will be going to the Bead & Button show and hope to buy some beads for this month's painting, but if you can't make it there, here are a few Etsy art beads and components that you will jump start your inspiration.

For your eye candy pleasure, a treasury that I created inspired by this month's challenge painting.

'All About Ophelia: June Art Bead Scene Challenge' by TesoriTrovati

Inspired by June 2011 Art Bead Scene challenge painting Ophelia by Odilon Redon, and the 7000 Bracelets for Hope challenge, I have gathered a collection of art beads and components that will help you join in the challenge!

Turquoise and Black Small re...

5 Double Flower Beads In Sun...


Ancient Goddess Beads I

Bubble Link

Handmade Raku Cabochon - Tur...

Jamn Coral Reef Silk Ribbons...

Southwestern Flowers Handmad...

Variety of Beach Stones

10 Little Ponds - Czech Glas...

silk sari ribbon sapphire HA...

3pcs round applique/embellis...

Cosmic Swirl Polymer Beads

zen lotus sterling silver ch...

Freshwater Pearl Baroque Nat...

HIGH SEAS - set of 5 glass b...

Don't forget that each Monday one of our editors chooses a winner from all the entries posted to the Flickr group. And I will host the blog tour on June 30th, so post your pictures with links to your blog post in the description on Flickr for me to add to the tour by June 29th.

This month, we are also encouraging you to use the blues in the palette to make a bracelet to donate to 7,000 Bracelets for Hope. If you are participating, please let us know in your description! Read more about this month's challenge by going to this post.

Erin Prais-Hintz writes about all things that inspire her at Treasures Found::Inspiration Is Everywhere. Her jewelry designs are one-of-a-kind made one-at-a-time. She collects quotes and dust and invites you to send her your favorite (quote - not dust!) to