AE January Theme Challenge - Moon

And the first month of 2019 is in the books! And a wild one it's been...I spent the first week of it in the UK, celebrating the New Year with my family at the Ceilidh under the Castle as part of Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Scotland. I also went to Billings, Montana for a few days, then got trapped in Chicago on my way home because of a snow storm. And this week we're experiencing insane low temps. My entire month has felt very scattered as I travel, shovel snow almost every day, and try to work on various adulting chores that need to be done, so I needed to keep my participatin in the Art Elements theme challenge SIMPLE. 

Lindsay selected moon as our theme to work with, which is a very inspiring theme. Just this month we got to witness the spectacular total lunar eclipse of the super wolf blood moon, which I peeked at very quickly when I left the airport in -7 degree actual clue what the windchill was I wasn't about to sit around to see how quickly I froze in place (funny story-when I told my 17 year old, via text, to take a look at the super wolf blood moon eclipse, she responded with "haha. Super wolf blood moon. Funny mom" because she thought I was making stuff up again. This time I wasn't. But it's on her to figure out when I am. Good luck with that one, kid.). 

I spent some time looking through art beads and components that I have and briefly considered using one of those, but nothing came to me quickly enough to do any of those amazing things justice. Then I remembered among the few goals I have for 2019 is to more consistently do lino carving (I use speedball speedy carve) and to improve my skills with that. I also kept thinking about how when I was a kid, I thought the moon was made of cheese. I don't remember why. Perhaps an adult in my life thought it was a good idea to tell me that ridiculous story and I was young and gullible enough to believe them. So I decided to attempt to carve a cheese moon that has been partially eaten because cheese is amazing and something I crave almost every day. 


November Theme Challenge Reveal - Stars

What day is it again? Good grief. I had loads of plans for the star theme, including doing a linocut to make Christmas cards, but then I blinked and November was over. 

A few months ago I had purchased the cutest star pattern (before I knew this was a challenge theme) from designer Hunter Hammersen called Scintillation. But I never got around to trying it. Below is what these stars are supposed to look like. 

Faeries - The September Theme Challenge Reveal

With the end of September, we're 3/4 of the way through the year! WHAT??? Caroline selected the really cool theme of faeries for the challenge this month. I wish I could have done it justice, but I am in and out of town so frequently, I just don't have time to do any theme justice right now. Hopefully things will slow down in a couple months. 

Swirls - The August Theme Challenge Reveal

I FINALLY got my blog to cooperate with uploading photos...a bit late in the reveal. The theme challenge was swirl. I used one of Lesley Watt's ceramic cabs as the centerpiece for a bead embroidered pendant. 

Please visit the other theme challenge participants:

Guest Artists:














Art Elements Team: 




Jen <---- You are here

Jenny & Lesley 




Seed Pods - the July Theme Challenge Reveal

Now that we've careened through another month, it's time for an Art Elements theme challenge reveal, which, for the month of July, is seed pods. Below is a photo I took while standing under the Redbud tree while trimming it. It was dripping with seed pods that I never would have noticed if I hadn't been trimming it. I collected most of the pods off the branches I cut off the tree, and threw them into a container. 


Tide Pools - The May Theme Design Challenge Reveal

Over at Art Elements, Lesley challenged the team and our readers to use tide pools as the inspiration for May's design challenge. I haven't really made any jewelry in months. I was kind of missing it, even though I keep thinking about getting rid of all my jewelry making supplies. So I pulled out some of my supplies that made me think of tide pools, in particular the crustiness and the small lifeforms that reside in tide pools. This is by no means every piece that qualifies for the tide pool category. 

Art Elements April Theme Challenge: Horses

Over at Art Elements, we decided the current monthly component of the month challenge was beginning to feel stale. So we decided to mix things up by revamping the format into monthly themed challenges with a giveaway drawing for a randomly selected guest participant. For the month of April, the theme was horses. It can be any media, any technique, and open to every maker, it just needs to somehow be an interpretation of the theme. 

February Component of the Month Reveal - Runes

It's the end of February, which means another Component of the Month Design challenge reveal, hosted by Niky Sayers. This also happens to be our last component of the month design challenge as we switch to a brand new format that will be more inclusive to ALL art forms and hopefully get people excited and motivated to participate on a regular basis. The first themed challenge is hosted by Cathy Spivey Mendola and the theme is NESTS. you can read all about it over at Art Elements.

January Use Your Stash Design Challenge

We are already 1/12 of the way through 2018 and I'm still not really used to writing 2018 yet...You know how at the beginning of every year all the stores beef up their organizing accessories and plastic bins sections and people all seem to want to organize after the holidays? Well, over at Art Elements, we're considering our readers and their already gorgeous and hidden stash of components. The challenge is open to all participants using any media they prefer. They just have to use some kind of handcrafted art component in their work. 

September Component of the Month

And another month just flew that it's already time for another Component of the Month reveal, hosted by Laney Mead, one of my Art Elements teammates. She made these super cute ZomBEES, which are so dainty and adorable, I didn't want to overpower mine with too much "stuff." I seriously considered making a simple child's necklace to give to a friend's 3 year old daughter, but decided against it because that seemed like cheating. 

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