Thursday, July 2, 2009

Monthly Challenge

The inspiration for this month's challenge is from Lascaux Cave paintings.
Lascaux is the setting of a complex of caves in southwestern France famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings. They contain some of the most well-known Upper Paleolithic art. These paintings are estimated to be 16,000 years old. They primarily consist of realistic images of large animals. Rooms in the cave include The Great Hall of the Bulls, the Lateral Passage, the Shaft of the Dead Man, the Chamber of Engravings, the Painted Gallery, and the Chamber of Felines.
Have fun with the earthy color palette of reds, yellows, and browns. Pull out the yummy art beads, grab a few accent 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.

The Prizes:
A winner will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on August 1st.
Our sponsors this month will be revealed tomorrow
, 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.***

. 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 JULYABS to your photos. Include a short description, who created the art beads and a link to your blog, if you have one.

Deadline is July 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.


mairedodd said...

i love this one! although there isn't a challenge that i haven't loved :0) ... cannot wait to see all of the interpretations...

Shai Williams said...

I have a piece of White Buffalo Turquoise that really sat up and took notice of this challenge. My only issue is time (my husband's boys are going to be here this month) and some proper art beads....

RupaB said...

ohhh....need to make something for this one...for sure!

Jennifer Cameron said...

interesting challenge....I am thinking I need to enter this month.

WillowWalker said...

This is so cool! I have never entered this before, but I will be! I have the perfect idea for a dichroic fused glass pendant.

Cindy Caraway said...

What a great theme! I'm sure the entries will be fabulous :)