The Art Bead Scene Studio challenge this month was The Bouchardon Mill at Crozant by Armand Guillaumin. I immediately fell in love with the colors of this impressionist painting! The blue/purples, the red and orange poppies, and enough black to give a nice contrast. I knew I wanted to make beads that captured this palette.
This is what I came up with - the background is many colors of ceramic stains washed and rubbed together, then fired to set them. I added black for contrast, fired again, put on the poppies, fired again, and finally fired a last time with a clear glaze. They are about 13 mm in diameter.
And after admiring them for a couple of days, I laid claim to two of them and made this pair of earrings - one of my favorites among what I've made lately!
You can read more about the challenge here and look at how others are interpreting the inspiration piece in beads and jewelry here. And if you'd like to create your own masterpiece with these beads, I've put four of them up in shop at stoneypointstudio.com
And to celebrate my successful Holiday Studio Open House Sale this past weekend (it was truly soooo much fun!), I have a coupon code for those of you that live too far away to have joined in. From now through Sunday, November 26th at 12 midnight PST, use the code OPENHOUSE to get free postage within the US.
Happy Creating! Deborah