Each month, one of the members of the Art Elements team comes up with and issues their monthly challenge theme. The challenge is open to any medium and any blogger who wants to participate. This month, Claire chose the theme of "White". And, I was instantly inspired.
While sticking with a single "color" might seem hard, white is, by definition, the combination of all colors. I immediately envisioned all the different shades of white that exist. I don't know if you've ever tried to pick out the perfect shade of white paint for your interior, but it can be near impossible. And pearls and beads, my word! They come in so many shades of white. And, that's what led me to my first submission for this challenge. Thinking on the shades of white beads I own, I recalled that my bead box contained a necklace design with a variety of white beads.
I made sure to jump right into that design and finish it up for today.
The original pendant was made in a stoke of inspiration some months ago but got pushed to the side for another day. When I pulled it out to go into the bead box, I realized that the metal needed something more added to it. Tiny beads in shades of white and brass were added haphazardly with wire to the front of the distressed tin. Admittedly, it kept slipping off, so I used a needle and thread to sew it more securely to the fabric.
It took me a while to decide on what to do for the chain, but once I hit on the idea of just using varying shades of white beads and buttons and darkened brass wire, I was sold on the design.
I think it was the perfect decision for the pendant made from a scrap of eco-dyed fabric, bright white lace, and antiqued white mother of pearl button - all in their own shades of white.
Once the necklace was complete, I wanted to get my hands messy! So, I knew a mixed media art piece would be my next project.
I pulled out anything I could find in my craft room that was white. I got paints, inks, sprays, paper tape, masking tape, lacy stickers, papers, and cheesecloth to name a few.
And, I created a pretty piece of art with them!
I documented my whole process in a video.
Take a peek at some of the close-ups.
The bottommost layers are magazine pages, paint, and book pages.
That was followed by layers of tape, inks, coffee filter, more paint, rub-ons, and stickers.
I also added cheesecloth and doilies for texture.
Hearts were cut freehand from paint swatches in shades of white.
The sentiment was a Tim Holtz sticker and brown accents were added with inks and a water-soluble pencil to age the edges and pull up some of the textures. I also added a few touches of brass and gold for shimmer.
It's not completely white but definitely shows off its many shades.
Now, hop over to see what the Guest Artists and the Art Elements Team also did with this month's white theme! I know I can't wait.
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