Saturday, June 30, 2018

Art Elements Theme of the Month - Sunflowers

It was my turn to choose the Theme of the Month for the Art Elements monthly challenge, and I chose Sunflowers! Why not? They're nice and sunny and fun and lighthearted and happy and bring up everything summer!

I also know I wasn't going to get much done because my boyfriend had his second hip replacement June 4 and he's staying with me to recover. So I just concentrated on two things.

First, I made a sunflower cab. I didn't have enough time to explore this the way I wanted to, but I made a prototype anyways. There are so many great lampwork artists out there who make wonderful sunflowers that I'm not sure I will bother anyways! But here you go!

I knew I wanted to make something beaded, a la Jenny Davies-Reazor and Lesley Watt, and other beady people, so I concentrated my free time on this.  It's a beaded faux mosaic sunflower. I plan on framing it but haven't gotten that far yet!

My intent was for it to look somewhat mosaic in nature - if you wanted all the beads to line up straight, you would draw lines on your beading medium (I used stiff stuff that was hand dyed by Meg Mullen) making sure they were straight and then you could follow those lines.

I made my piece on the diagonal. When I was done stitching the design on the stiff stuff, I backed it with some thin cardboard because it was too whippy. It will hold up better to framing now.

This is the back - pretty darn proud of this! I used ultrasuede to finish it off. I glued the design to the cardboard and then to the ultrasuede using E-6000.

And finally, the beauty shot. You can see there's a little dimension to the piece - I used size 8 and 15 beads in the middle, and used large square beads for the edges for the mosaic look.

I hope you had fun with this challenge! There are so many amazing people who participated this month, I hope you give their blogs a look! Thank you all who participated - I can't wait to see what you all made!



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7 comments:

Jill Kiln Fired Art said...

Your beaded piece is so neat and intricate, it's beautiful. Beading people must have such a lot of patience, I'm in awe

Divya N said...

Thanks for this lovely challenge Sue. I Love you created a stunning bead embroidery to go with the theme. I am not sure how big it is but if its small enough it could be a fabulous brooch or pendant as well

Lesley said...

Love your mosaic piece Sue and the diagonal format adds so much interest...it would make a wonderful top to a little trinket box! Thank you for choosing such as inspirational theme this month.

Laney said...

Oh wow that mosaic looks amazing, it is going to look fabulous in a frame. I like your little lampwork sunflower too.

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love your beaded faux mosaic sunflower. It is stunning! Thanks for a great theme to work with.

Cat said...

Your little mosaic is simply adorable! It came out wonderful and it was a great idea to do it diagonally, too.

Tammy Adams said...

The beaded cab is lovely. Your beaded mosaic sunflower is stunning. The textures and colors are perfect and it's going to be fabulous framed.

Art Elements Theme of the Month - Sunflowers

It was my turn to choose the Theme of the Month for the Art Elements monthly challenge, and I chose Sunflowers! Why not? They're nice an...