This month’s challenge over at Art Bead Scene was to create something inspired by this beautiful illustration by Edmund Dulac ‘The Little Mermaid’ 1911, taken from the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
There is so much inspiration in this piece and a huge range of colours…so many that I decided to focus entirely on the blues and greens. Brandi Hussey said the trick with this piece was ‘not to go too bright’…telling me not to use bright colours is like taking a small child into a toy shop and saying ‘don’t touch’. Tricky, but I did try!
Although the mermaid is central to the illustration, I decided to focus on the theme of hidden treasure in a magical underwater world. I wanted to create something like a sea anemone, and I knew just what I needed for this…
I love seed beads and have quite an extensive selection, but of course you can never have enough can you? So I found the perfect seed beads, and also picked up some gorgeous semi precious gemstones which were perfect for my treasure!
My seed bead pom pom sea anemone took me for absolute ever to make, partly because the first three weren’t quite right so I had to keep starting over again, but I was really pleased with this last one.
I made a selection of sea themed polymer clay beads including a beach glass bead, a glittering spiral, some bubble beads, rustic discs, a faceted jewel, a ‘treasure’ word bead and a rolled up treasure map where ‘x’ marks the spot.
I teamed my handcrafted beads with some beautiful River Stone beads (said to energize your aura and accelerate positive change), Lapis Lazuli discs (said to bring deep calm) and Vesuvianite (said to align the will with the heart, bringing a wholeness and integrity). Lots of treasure!