Saturday, September 28, 2019

Foliage – Art Elements September Theme Challenge

Photo by John Mccann on Unsplash
Art Elements September theme is Folliage. Caroline Dewison from the team selected Folliage  for the challenge which is open to all in any type of media. Take a photograph, make some jewelry, create a mixed media assemblage any thing goes.  Since I typically use elements from nature, I was able to create several pieces of jewelry as well as few handmade cards.

Where the Wild Things Are by BayMoonDesign
Even though it has been very warm in the East this month, I am thinking about the leaves starting to turn colors. I pulled out an enameled leaf by Gardanne Handcrafted Enamel to use as the finishing touch on a fun necklace that I was inspired to make.

Where the Wild Things Are by BayMoonDesign
This is a simple chain necklace with a floral pendant that says "Find Me Where The Wild Things Are".  Since in my previous life I was a children's librarian, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is a favorite book of mine.  I love the addition to the phrase  with "Find Me Where the Wild Things Are" .

 I used a red English cut bead to draw attention to the flowers on the pendant. The brown enameled leaf hangs below.  The natural brass ball chain is 18 inches long and brings out the browns in the jewelry. The oval floral bead with a message is by a Scottish artisan at Grubbi Ceramics.

Fall Leaves Photo by Doug Linstedt on Unsplash
Fall Leaf Earrings by BayMoonDesign
These gold fall leaf earrings combine small handmade art beads with delicate gold leaf charms. These earrings are a little over an inch from the top of the ear wire to the bottom bead. These autumn leaf earrings are inspired by foliage.

The brown and white leaf beads are by polymer clay artist Humblebeads.  They remind me of a walk in the woods. Earthy and woodsy earrings!

Photo by Doug Linstedt on Unsplash
I made a few cards with leaves as main feature.

This handmade log slice card is perfect to express gratitude for a fall gift or autumn favor.  It can also be used to thank a Thanksgiving hostess.  It has the word grateful in gold lettering with a log slice and green leaves mixed with gold leaves.  "Inside of the card card is blank so there is plenty of room to write a special note.

I am in the process of weeding out some of my paper supplies and I came across some gelli plate prints that I made a year or so ago and forgot about.  I love blues and greens in the paper and I made a bird on a branch with the papers.

This is a blog hop so please visit all who participated and leave comments.  

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  1. Such beautiful leaves, all of them. They definitely make me want to take a walk in the forest!

  2. lovely work, you brought back memories for me as I remember reading that book to my children.

  3. Beautiful designs and perfect for autumn. I love your cards too! Thank you for joining us for challenge.

  4. Oh, Kathy! You created some stunners this month. "Where the Wild Things Are" is one of my favorite children's books too. And, how did I not know you had been a librarian!? Awesome.
    Anyway...I LOVE that card with the tree stumps on it. So neat! And the earrings with the Humblebeads beads are perfect for this challenge.

  5. Loved the necklace and the saying and how you combined the colors together! The earrings are stunners too.
    The cards are amazing - love the different elements in each!

  6. Kathy, all of your 'entries' are awesome! And I love that quote :).

  7. Love your jewelry Kathy, as always, but your cards - they are lovely!

  8. I love your fall jewelry and your cards are so unique and interesting. I really like the tree rounds - that's a great way to use them.

  9. What a beautiful necklace with an unforgettable message! I love all your foliage creations!

  10. Kathy I am with you on Where the Wild Things Are. It has been a favorite book since it was published many years ago. I even have a stuffed figure of Max and keep him in our guest room for our grandchildren. We love being wild together. Your necklace with the addition of I am Where the Wild Things Are speaks to me with joy. A wonderful creation!! I am sure you enjoy wearing it.

  11. I love seeing your inspirations and your creative work Kathy! You are able to bring together so much beauty! :)

  12. The necklace and earrings are gorgeous. You've paired the artisan beads and components perfectly. Your cards are so charming.

  13. I like the "Wild things" necklace. It is my favourite of the lot.

  14. I love your first necklace with the quote! What a great book. I really love those earrings. I would wear those almost daily. Your cards are beautiful but I really love the 'Grateful' card the most.

  15. oh my gosh - isnt Gelli printing cool? its a rabbit hole I wish I had more time to dive into. your bead selections and compositions are lovely! so glad you could join us!

  16. These are all beautiful. I love the photos and cards and well all of your work.

  17. All your designs are great Kathy and I too love "where the Wild things are'... literary inspiration is always a winner.

  18. Love Grubbi and Love the necklace you made with her pendant! Those earrings are perfect for the fall! Now I need to go look up Gelli printing and add more craft supplies to my stash! Lol!

  19. I love your necklace and in particular the quote on it. Back when I worked at a hospital lab my coworker and friend had a sign inspired by that book. It said: “Let the wild rumpus begin.” We put it up every time things got crazy. Our way of embracing the insanity.

    Your earrings are beautiful, and the cards lovely.

  20. Beautiful dainty-looking earrings, Kathy, and the necklace looks like so much fun! Your cards are full of texture, greenery and nature - I love them.