Thursday, August 4, 2011

Crescent Cycles: August Monthly Challenge Inspiration

"Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving." 
~Albert Einstein

Our challenge this month is a lovely art nouveau advertising poster with a serene woman with flowing tresses among the lilies. I have always loved art nouveau style. And the advertisements were so much more intriguing than they are today. Would you have known this was for a bicycle company if it didn't say it on there? There is an interesting palette of browns and yellows and white and black and greens. This is not my normal palette so I knew that I needed to find things that suited it. I am also drawn to fonts and logos and this is a great one! Also, there are some really intriguing motifs, from the bicycle that is barely visible behind her, the ever-present flowers and the crescent moon just peeking above the horizon. There is so much to choose from.

Keeping your creativity moving, I have rounded up some inspiratin on Etsy that fits the August challenge painting. Don't forget to enter your creation in the Flickr group, and if you post on your blog about it be sure to include the exact link to the blog post to be included in our end of the month blog tour. 
Yellow Swirl lampwork bead from SpawnofFlame on Etsy

Hand dyed silk cord Rusty with Green Moss from TandZSupplies on Etsy

Little Crescent Moon charm from KDemARTe on Etsy

Petro Autumn Tourmaline 14" strand from NeatOThings on Etsy
Bicycle Square Pendant link - Earthenwood Studios on Etsy

Hand painted Tequila Sunrise Lucite Lilies from BellasBeadsandMore on Etsy
 Art Nouveau woman with lily stamping from Dime Store Emporium on Etsy
These seem to have sold out. But you can find more lovelies at Barbara's shop, Floridity on Etsy.

Ornate oxidized Silver Plated Focal Framework from LuxeOrnaments on Etsy

Saddletan Deerskin leather cord from Element Beads on Etsy
Multicolor 1/2 strand Smokey Blue, Brown and Pear colored chalcedony from Succulent Gems on Etsy
Tiger Lily bracelet cuff from Humblebeads on Etsy

Will your creation be inspired by the color palette? the image? the motifs? the lettering?
What is it you see in this month's challenge that makes you want to sit up and take notice?
We can't wait to see where your inspiration takes you!

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


Teka and Zoe said...

Lovely choices!! thank-you so much for using my silk cord. AND boy that tourmaline of DELIGHTFUL!

kdemarte said...

Thank you for including my Little Crescent Moon among all of these beautiful choices!

Alice said...

They're all so lovely. You know that you are an enabler to us bead addicts, don't you? At least we are not alone.

Thanks for sharing!

spawnofflame said...

Thank you Erin for sharing one of my beads here along with the other great goodies!