June Art Bead Scene Challenge June 13, 2013
Art Bead Scene hosts a wonderful monthly challenge with inspiration from a fine art piece.
The one caveat is that your original design must include at least one hand-made art bead.
June’s art work is a gorgeous watercolor that simply makes me want to pack my bags
and go spend a month at this seaside village!
Jackknife Village, 1926
Watercolor on Paper
Color palette by Brandi Hussey
This painting that calls back a bucolic life was a delightful inspiration with so many directions to go.
I finally decided to go purely with the colors on this one.
Especially the lovely purple mountains and azure waters.
When I started dabbling in the acrylic paints for these two polymer clay beads however,
I’m afraid I got a teensy bit carried away with the vibrant side of these hues.
I seriously thought about toning them down to more closely match the colors in this painting,
but in the end, fell in love with my original choices, plus a dash of gold for the rolling hills.
Wouldn’t these be perfect for a seaside summer vacation?
Library Outreach June 8, 2013
Our local library branch offers so many community outreach programs…
besides the venerable preschool story time…
they offer literacy and computer classes, yoga, needle work class, anime club, mystery book club,
and I love this one…Paws to Read with Buddy (a friendly Schnauzer).
What kid wouldn’t love reading to a furry friend!
There are so many more.
For several years now, one of the librarians has organized a jewelry making class.
To fund this twice monthly offering, she receives a small amount of money
from the library’s used book store to purchase tools, beads, and findings.
Dianne also donates her time scouring bead stores and the internet
for the best deals on beads to stretch this money.
About 20-25 folks have a grand time sharing ideas, learning how to create wonderful jewelry, and socialize.
At no cost to them!
At the end of the month, the library will host its annual tribute to the Fourth of July,
with an Old Fashioned Independence Day Festival for the community.
Music, Food, Games, Crafts, Half-Price Book Sale, and more…
The jewelry class will be selling some of their pieces as a fundraiser for more class supplies.
If you live in the San Diego area, do come out and support the wonderful outreach of the Rancho San Diego library.
Saturday, June 29th, from 11:00-2:00.
At the most recent session, one of the ladies brought in some sweet bamboo tiles.
We were ooohing and aaahing over these.
And she said that they were originally from a place mat she bought and took apart,
but thought they might be repurposed into jewelry. How cool is this!
(Found this place mat on line at Amazon..set of 4 for under $16. That’s a ton of tiles!)