Beadwork Necklace – “Geneva Grapes”

 

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“Geneva Grapes”

I made this beadwork necklace specifically for the art exhibit at the Geneva Ohio Grape Jamboree.  I’ve been entering various pieces of my art, like my watercolors, mixed media, and photographs, in this exhibit for years.  This year I decided to enter my beadwork.  I was blessed with an honorable mention in the 3-D category.  I had hoped to do a bit better…I’m just saying.   I’m counting my blessings.

I was also blessed in another way…I sold it!  That made it all worthwhile.

A little bit about the jamboree…our area of northeastern Ohio is known for grapes and wine.  Each year Geneva, Ohio has a celebration called the Geneva Grape Jamboree.  There are vendors, food, entertainment, and the art exhibit.

Here’s how I constructed the necklace…I began by peyote bezeling my purple magnesite cabochon and adding a peyote bail, which I used two different size beads, 11’s and 8’s, to add a little whimsy.  Next, I peyote bezeled several different purple beads with 11’s and 8’s to represent grapes.  I even covered a couple of beads totally with size 11’s.   I used antiqued brass chain and filigree.  I gave the filigree a touch of patina colored paste to add a little color.  The rest was all strung on 2 lengths of jewelry wire on both sides:  Swarovski AB (aurora borealis) crystal 2 hole connectors,  alternated Swarovski AB crystal bicones 6mm and purple crystal rondelles, another Swarovski 2 hole connectors and finally I separated the 2 jewelry wires to add the “grapes” on the two separate wires.  I made my different “grape” beads all symmetric.  I then pulled the 2 wires together again to add a few more Swarovski crystals and finally attach to the filigrees using crimps.  Now, all that’s left is to attach the beaded strand to the chains.

Bezeled Cabochon

Bezeled Cabochon

"Grape" Beads

“Grape” Beads

additional "Grape" Beads

additional “Grape” Beads

The Beginning of a Painting….

Well, it all started when I went to my Wednesday morning art workshop where we, local artists do our art and catch up on all the usual artist stuff.  I didn’t have a new picture started, like I usually like to do ahead of time.  So I shuffled through my canvas art bag to find some birding and gardening magazines to get some ideas.

This coneflower is what developed out of a few reference photos that I used.  This was the beginning of a larger painting that I finished for an upcoming exhibit.  Here’s a “shout out” for our Geneva, Ohio Grape Jamboree Festival, which has an art exhibit as one of it’s events on the last full weekend of September every year.

So, first I started out with Arches 140 lb. cotton rag watercolor paper, which I swear by…..I like the cold-pressed version.

Next, I took a combination of watercolor pencils and watercolor paints to create the flower that you see here…..basically, penciling in the flower shapes and some of the shadows….then adding some water lightly (and I mean lightly…dip brush…dab on tissue….this was taught to me by an artist friend)…and carefully applying the wet brush to the penciled areas….also, adding watercolor paints where needed.

So, this is the beginning of my painting, which I will continue with the rest of the instruction in my next post……

Check back for further instruction and to see the final results   🙂

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