This month Karen challenged us with… petroglyphs! Ancient, a bit enigmatic, but very inspirational.
The first one I created was a bit of a happy accident. I was creating class samples – for class at Let’s Bead in Rochester, NY. My “Vintage Views” class was using vintage postage stamps as locals, and creating polymer surrounds that were inspired by and accentuated the stamp art. What did I find in my collection? A Norwegian stamp with petroglyphs!
I opted to keep this earthy in tone, so the red stamp would pop. And it was keeping in the theme…
I am drawn to the figures most in petroglyphs. Whether they be shaman, or deities, or humans in regalia… I love them. Some horned figures bring to mind Celtic deities, like Cernunnos, the antlered Lord of the Forest. So I can relate to them in an archetypal way – from my research and heritage from Celtic lands.
I realized I had a pewter magnet – purchased in Arizona. When? Perhaps when my sister and I drove across the country and visited the Grand Canyon? Was that 2000? No matter… I conditioned some polymer…
There are these 2 cabs, one in an earthy ochre color and the other? I do love greens. (These 2 are available. I may just “list” them on my FB page. Message me if you are interested. )
This layered piece may end up stitched into a felted mixed media piece. I like the torn edge very much, and have a half formed idea of beads piercing the edges in random spaces… We shall see.
But I decided to take the smallest one and really experiment. I have done 1 freeform peyote piece in my life. ( it was for a COM with a SueBeads scarab, actually). I wanted to try having the freeform grow out of the beaded bezel… In my sketch below. see the shape? Sort of a triangle.
I really have no idea what I am doing – and it is SO much fun! Here is as far as I have gotten… this could take a while. Queue up the Netflix – and lets bead!
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Claire Fabian: https://saraccino.blogspot.com
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Tammy Adams: http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog/
Karen Zehe: http://trudgintheroad.blogspot.com
Alison Herrington: http://AlisonAdorns.blogspot.com
Sarajo Wentling: https://sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Jenny Kyriach: http://anafiassa.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer: https://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/