This month's inspiration is the artwork of Heather Powers of Humblebeads. I've been an admirer of Heather's beads and jewelry compositions from seeing her designs in magazines and books, but I didn't realize she also painted and illustrated. Do stop by her website and see her amazing work! This is one of her paintings:
Here's the palette generated from the artwork:
I made it to my local Michaels and found a great bunch of beads. I had a hard time with the palette as it is. I could find beads with the greens and golden tan or I could find the purples and the gold, but I couldn't seem to find a way to get all of the colors to work together for me. So, I went with the greens and gold.
I was very happy with this selection which includes ceramic, glass, two colors of quartzite, amazonite and howlite chips.
My pendant is resin which I created from a mold of the carved knobs on my old desk. It looked like this only more opaque when I started.
I added some tan paint and wiped it off. Then, I added a blend of alcohol paints (verdigris and jade from Ranger). I wiped it off again. After all that, here's what it looked like:
Here's my pendant:
|Pendant with patina and tassel|