Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Monthly Challenge - Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus
Sandro Botticelli, c. 1482–1486
The inspiration for this month's challenge is "The Birth of Venus" by Botticelli. Let the beauty of the Italian Renaissance inspire your creations this month.
Your entry this month can be influenced by the colors, pattern or whatever you choose to focus on for your creation. Just remember to include at least one art bead in your design.
The Prizes:
A winner will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on May 1st.
Our sponsors this month our Creative Impressions in Clay and Hint, please visit us tomorrow to see the prizes!

Featured Designer of the Week!
From all the entries during the month, an editor is going to pick their favorite design to be featured every Monday here on the ABS. We want to give our participants more time in the spotlight! Our Featured Designer will be this Monday, so get those entries in soon.
How to enter the Monthly Challenge:
1. Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.
***Beads by themselves and beads simply strung on a chain or cord will not be accepted.***
2. Upload your photo to our flickr group. Detailed instructions can be found here and click here for a tutorial for sending your picture to the group. If you can't upload to Flickr, send your entry and information to Heather.
Please add the tag or title APRABS to your photos. Include a short description, who created the art beads and a link to your blog, if you have one.
Deadline is April 30st. Photos are approved by our moderators, if a photo hasn't followed the guidelines it will not be approved. You may upload 2 photos a day.
What is an Art Bead?
An art bead is a bead, charm, button or finding made by an independent artist. Art beads are the vision and handiwork of an individual artist. You can read more about art beads here.
*** A bead that is handmade is not necessarily an art bead. Hill Tribe Silver, Kazuri ceramic beads or lampwork beads made in factories are examples of handmade beads that are not considered art beads.
p.s. If you have a blog, post your entry and a link to the ABS challenge to spread the beady goodness.


SueBeads said...

Heather - what a fantastic choice! I actually saw this when I was in Florence - it's wonderful! I have a scrabble tile pendant of it in my other etsy shop as well! Good choice!

2ifbysea said...

Oh! I am so excited! This is my favorite piece of art...Woohoo! I MUST enter something this month. Thanks for choosing such a inspiring piece.

TesoriTrovati said...

Great choice!
Is it April Fool's to have the deadline be April 31st?!?! I am sure that you meant April 30th!
I will have to see where the challenge takes me this month, but the color palette is really lovely.
Thanks! Enjoy the day!

sharon said...

Oohhh, the possibilities!

Suanough said...

YES! The colors are yummy! I love this piece, also. I think I must enter this month...

Jenny said...

HINT charms as a prize! That is stellar!

tamdoll said...

I'm definitely intrigued! This is one of my favorite pieces of art, love the colors. I can't wait to see what everyone does, and may even try my hand at this myself.

Stephanie said...

I agree with everyone else - GREAT CHOICE! Blogging about my progress already!