Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Monthly Challenge - The Kiss

The inspiration for this month's challenge is Gustav Klimt's painting, The Kiss. Our theme this month was picked by Beverly Herman of No Easy Beads. It's the perfect painting for the month of romance! Your entry this month can be inspired 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 few places to start: wood beads, gold foil beads, frit lampwork glass in floral hues, brass filigree, and bronzite. We can't wait to see what you create!

The Prizes:
A winner will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on March 1st. Our prize this month is a set of Florence White Frosty Sparkles lampwork beads by SueBeads. And a set of Golden Kiss beads from Humblebeads.

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 FEBABS to your photos. Include a short description, who created the art beads and a link to your blog, if you have one.Deadline is February 28th.

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.


LiPeony said...

I absolutely love that painting and his work... never made an art bead before hmm...

Beverly Herman said...

If I could own one piece of art it would be this painting. "The Kiss". So many possibilities for this month's challenge

Dale said...

This is so perfect.... it just so happens that this painting is on display in the Seoul Arts Center, where i am living in South Korea!! That is fabulous... i will see the orriginal next weekend and use it for my inspiration. Can't wait to get started on this luminescent piece.

Barbara Lewis said...

I happened to be lucky enough to see the original in Vienna, Austria last summer. It is huge. Probably about 12 feet high. I guess I better get to my studio to get started!