The inspiration for this month's challenge is a lovely impressionist painting from Monet. Water Lilies were a series of approximately 250 paintings that Monet created over the last thirty years of his life. We can see his failing eyesight which translates into abstract colors and shapes over time. An impression of nature rather than a duplicate was the thrust of the work of the French Impressionists, of which Monet was one of the founders.
Have fun with this calm color palette of blues, purples and greens. Pull out the floral art beads, grab a few lotus/water lily inspired charms and let's see what you can come up with for this challenge!
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.
A winner will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on May 1st.
Our sponsors this month our Chinook Jewelry and Humblebeads, 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 MAYABS to your photos. Include a short description, who created the art beads and a link to your blog, if you have one.
Deadline is May 31st. 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.