Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

ArtBeadScene July Challenge

This month, the Art Bead Scene challenge is a painting by Picasso of one of his wives, Olga Koklova. Painted in 1917, the picture is a portrait in cool greens and blues, with a leafy floral motif.

Portrait of Olga in the Armchair, 1917
Pablo Picasso
Oil on Canvas 130 × 88.8 cm
Colour palette by Brandi Hussey

I used the colours in the painting as my primary inspiration for this necklace, which has a green floral ceramic focal by Marsha Neal. I matched it with a couple of ceramic beads and Czech beads in various hues of greens, blues and browns. I put the leafy brass clasp to one side and balanced it with a couple of small brass floral links.

ABS July challenge collage

And there is a pair of earrings to match, with smaller versions of the ceramic focal, and some of the Czech glass beads.


I’m planning a few posts this week. On Wednesday I will reveal what I made with the porcelain flower pendant from Suburban Girl Studio I received as a guest designer for Art Jewelry Elements’ Component of the Month challenge. And on Saturday I plan to have something ready for Sharyl McMillian-Nelson’s Summer Color Inspiration Challenge.

Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

J-Lynn Jewels’ Summertime Color Challenge

Last night I entered a necklace into J-Lynn JewelsSummertime Color Challenge, which has been running this past month or so on Facebook. Janice Everett, of JLynn Jewels, gave us a choice of four images for inspiration. I picked the owls, no surprise there!

Here is my entry. It features a beautiful ceramic owl pendant from Spirited Earth, and some more of those lovely sea glass beads in blue and lavender. When I saw the beads and the pendant together it was a match made in bead heaven. I added a couple of sweet antique silver beads and finished it off with antique silver chain. The clasp was from a swap I did with a friend (more on that swap in a day or two!).


This necklace is for me, I just love it!