Sunday, September 29, 2019

September Theme Challenge: Foliage

Leaf that was on our driveway with water droplets

This month's Art Elements Theme is Foliage.

Well, I have to say this is the most prolific mom and I have been for the Art Elements Theme Challenges. Mom and I like leaves - so there will be a lot of them.



I actually made some sketches for ideas - they suck - but gives me something to show mom what I am thinking of.


This image was actually a leaf pattern we use for our bowls, a house pattern we used for a cuff bracelet we made years ago - and then I just threw some trees on there for ideas (mom said no to the trees - which I agreed with - but needed ideas for her to see what I was envisioning).


I actually did some sawing - since these were easy enough for me to saw out. Mom is the intricate saw master - give me the easy!!!!



These are the leaves as they are being enameled. With the leaf bowls, or any bowls, I like to enamel the interior first and then the back. The leaf pendants I like enameling the backs first and then enamel the fronts. That is just my preference - I am sure everyone does it slightly different.


Mom and I actually finished the bowl and pendants two weeks ago - for us that is really good. But we had a show last week and I wanted to make sure we were done before the reveal date. The above picture is the one I shared when I completed enameling everything.

So - here are the finished pieces:


I actually made this bowl a few months ago - I used crackle enamel on this bowl and I LOVE how it turned out. So, I had to sneak it in with the pieces I actually made for this month.



This is the bowl based on the two patterns I incorporated into one. Mom made some modifications and I am really happy with the way it turned out. I am so glad mom and I can work together on ideas!





These are the leaf pendants I sawed out. These pendants will be listed in our Etsy store after I open it (hopefully tomorrow). We do have three listed already, but it will be nice to add  more of the leaf pendants. The purple leaf and the brown/yellow leaf have frit on them for a different look. These pendants always put a smile on my face!


This last piece was a last minute piece today. I have had the sketch done for a couple of years and we have had the components for longer. The pendant is one of our abstract/oblong enameled copper leaf pendant and the polymer clay I can't remember who mom bought from. They were a St. NicklausTag gift because I just loved the way they looked. If you know the artist please let me know because I would like to make sure they are named as the artist who made the pods/bird polymer clay.



I laid out the components and then said, "MOM-HELP!". Mom figured out how to add the bird (used a headpin to connect it to the bottom) and then created a loop with the pod at the top of the enameled copper pendant. I then used our lampwork glass beads and poppy jasper as accents to make the necklace. At the top is a seed pod with a jump ring, so I used it as my clasp.



Should have assembled when not tired - I assembled one side wrong.
Going to have to tear apart and reassemble - oh well. Gives me
practice.


Overall I am happy with the way my idea turned out.

Thanks for sticking until the end.

I hope you head on over to all the other wonderful artists participating in this month's challenge.

Guests

Dawn  
Hope  
Alison  
Beth & Evie  (you are here)
Laurie  
Sarajo  
Tammy  
Divya  
Karen  
Alysen  
Mary  



AE Team

Lesley  
Marsha  
Claire  
Jenny  
Niky  


19 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful collection of leaves, I love all of them!

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  2. Your enamelled leaves are gorgeous, I especially love the one with the piercing and the little house.

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  3. I love seeing your collaborative work, your enamel bowls and pendants are stunning and I love the necklace. Thank you for joining us for the challenge!

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  4. Your enamel work and the leaf shapes go together so wonderfully and the results are stunning! :)

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  5. Y'all really rocked out some serious leaves! I like the ones that have the mottled color. They look so much like real leaves! Great work with the challenge. I can tell you were inspired.

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  6. The leaf pendants are gorgeous and my favorites.

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  7. Those are stunning! I like the purple leaf pendant. The leaf bowl is a great design too

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  8. Hey Ladies! LOVE those leaf bowls and pendants - WOW they are so pretty! Necklace is wonderful too! Great job!

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  9. Those leaves turned out with beautiful colors! The necklace turned out wonderful!

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  10. The leaves are amazing - just wonderful colors and textures. I LOVE 'em! That crackle enamel makes them look just like the patterns I see on real lives. That is some beautiful work!

    I love the earthy feel of the necklace. It's kind of rustic, kind of cottage and kind of country.

    It's pretty cool to see a mother/daughter team who do such nice work together and who are able to collaborate with each other in a way that complements both of your strengths and skills.

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  11. I totally love all your pieces but those with the bright fall colors are my favorite!

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  12. I love that you two get to work together and bring ideas into physical form. Such a delight to see how things turn out! Magnificent work :)

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  13. Your enameled leaves are so gorgeous. I especially the details of the different leaf types sawed into the larger leaf. The necklace is a great blending of components.

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  14. I really love your enameled leaf bowls and pendants- the colors and shapes are lovely! Your final necklace is also a perfect way to celebrate fall foliage.

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  15. Wow! What a prolific month! You really meant it. I love your speckled layers of enamel wonderful colors. I think the leaf pendants wit the frit are my favorites though! Thanks for joining us!

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  16. Your leaves are so beautiful. I am in awe of you sawing such intricate pieces and then giving them such wonderful colors. Great way to celebrate the changing of the seasons.

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  17. Stunning work as always...I love the mottled ones too.

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  18. What beautiful work! So cool how you and your mom work together and I love to see the progress shots! Her saw work is amazing and your colors are so pretty! Love your necklace design, too!

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