April Monthly Challenge

April Monthly Challenge

My very first Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge entry…’Degas’ Bracelet.

The challenge from Art Bead Scene (http://artbeadscene.blogspot.co.uk/) was to create something that fits within the current monthly theme – and this month it was the painting ‘Swaying Dancer (Dancer in Green)’ 1877-79 by Edgar Degas. I have always loved his depictions of ballet dancers, and the beautiful colours in this painting really inspired me.

My bracelet has been made using a variety of handcrafted polymer clay beads. First I needed to carefully mix the colours to resemble those in the painting as closely as possible…these are not colours I tend to work with normally, so that was really interesting…then I began to create each of the beads using both millefiori and surface texture techniques. I originally wanted to have a word bead, something that might capture the passion of the dancer whose life is dedicated to their art…I couldn’t fit ‘blood, sweat and tears’ onto a bead so I changed my mind!

I teamed my handcrafted beads with some beautiful speckled ceramic discs and glass rounds, both from the wonderful Smitten Beads.

I really enjoyed this project, so thank you Art Bead Scene for a wonderful challenge, and thank you Edgar Degas for the beautiful inspiration.

10 thoughts on “April Monthly Challenge

  1. I love you entry for the ABS challenge. The colours of the beads are perfect. I want to follow your blog but you don’t have anything to allow me to sign up to follow.

    1. Hello Nan, Thank you for your lovely comments, really glad you like my ABS entry!
      At the moment I don’t have an option for you to follow my blog, but it is something I will look into. In the meantime, if you have Facebook you could follow the link at the bottom and connect with me there…I post a link to all my blog posts, as well as feature new items – and there’s even a Ditsy Blue giveaway every now and then! Hope that helps, thank you again!

  2. I love your bracelet Karen. I think you have interpreted the colours in the painting beautifully and I’m very proud to be in there with some Smitten beads. Thank you so much for the mention. I love the blog too, let me know when you have a follow button and I will be there! Best wishes Claire x

    1. Thank you Claire, glad you like my bracelet…your Smitten beads complement it beautifully! I’ll let you know about the blog x

    1. Thank you for your lovely comments Gloria, the Degas painting gave me so much inspiration both with the colours and the different textures.

  3. I envy your ability to make the beads. Your choice of colors are perfect interpretation of the painting.

    1. Thank you Kathy, glad you like the colours. You should try making your own beads too…it’s hugely rewarding but very addictive!

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