Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CC7A March Challenge - Contrast - Sally Russick

Hi Y'all,

Welcome to The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists March Challenge.  March is Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime blog's month and the theme that she chose is Contrast.

For those of you that are not familiar with this challenge I will recap.  Back in the latter months of 2013 Alicia Marinache of All the Pretty Things blog asked seven of her blog friends if we would like to participate in a challenge that would cover 7 months, of course we all said yes.  So we were assigned months, we picked themes for our months, and shipped out packages with all sorts of little goodies to design with.

Sally sent out various beads to each of us from the following list:

Here is what I received

I had already started my design when I remembered I did not take a picture of what I had received.

What is the definition of contrast in art?
(taken from
(noun) - Contrast is a principle of art. When defining it, art experts refer to the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.) in a piece so as to create visual interest, excitement and drama.
The colors white and black provide the greatest degree of contrast. Complementary colors also highly contrast with one another.
Contrasting colors are opposite each other on the color wheel, they are also known as complementary colors.

Now that you have an idea of what a contrast color is let me show you what I did with my contrasting color palette.

Juli Cannon of Studio Juls got a new cabochon mandrel and started making cabs.  I bought one and when the package came there was an extra one inside as a gift.  When I saw it I new it was perfect to go with the color palette that Sally sent to me.  I got stated on my project right away, you know when hot inspiration strikes you have to go with it before it goes cold.  I had also downloaded the Bead Me e-mag from iTunes with the Starburst Pendant tutorial that Tanya Goodwin of A Work In Progress blog created.  I kinda took one of her steps from the tutorial and used it in my piece.  I also liked the neck strap that she did with the super duo's and used that as well, thank you Tanya for also giving me inspiration.

I had several of the super duo's left so I started playing around and the above bracelet is the result.  I am in the process of writing up the tutorial for this bracelet, which is my very first tutorial.

I made a pair of matching earrings in the daisy pattern...

and with some of the remaining Czech beads.

Thank you Sally for the wonderful color palette that you sent I truly enjoyed working with it.  Also thank you Alicia for thinking up the challenge it is so much fun to create something each month with the palettes and themes that each of the CC7A participates have created.

Now please go and visit the others and see what they have created in this month's theme challenge and thank you for stopping by my blog.  The month of April is my month and the my theme is Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.

1. Monique
3. Sally
4. Therese (you are here)
5. Alicia
6. Cynthia
7. Emma

Happy beading Y'all,


  1. Holy wow, Therese~ that necklace is TDF! Absolutely LOVE it.
    (you rocked that ugly cab...I knew you would!)

  2. Gorgeous, I knew you (and probably Christine too) will create magic with those duos - and here you are! All your pieces are beautiful, I am drawn to those gracious flowers, I just love this type of pieces, with connected flowers. The cab is not linked to Kristi's copper pendant, is it?
    Thank you again for agreeing to be part of this group - it is fun, fun, fun every month!

  3. Absolutely LOVE every piece, Therese! As I said at Christine's post, I have gone from a seed bead (well not a hater, but just not a great fan) to being quite excited about all the different ways they can be used to add the LOVE. While I am super impressed with all the weaving skills and the beautiful designs you gals create, since I don't have the eyesight to even dream about learning this, I focus on all the small subtle extra design features seeds can provide. Everything you made this month is just stunning :) (You DID say some of your best work on the challenge so far?)

  4. Oh, wow, Therese! I love that necklace!! It's fabulous! All the projects are great but that necklace is really spectacular!!

  5. Omg just omg! You are so creative and these are all amazing!!!

  6. GORGEOUS!! You weren't kidding when you said you were inspired by the beads! WOW!! I love everything and the necklace is a showstopper! The way the beads flow around the cabochon and the way it is suspended from the copper component, I just must say that the necklace "chain" you stitched is FANTASTIC!!! WOW!!!!!

  7. oh Wow oh Wow!! Therese this is beautiful! Love your designs and color combinations!! You rock!!

  8. I love all of your beadwork! That focal you have dangling from my copper component is amazing!! Thanks so much!

  9. Gorgeousness!! That necklace is a statement necklace. Will you be wearing it?

  10. Therese, your work on this challenge certainly does live up to all your hype ;-) You took your inspiration and ran with it. I love how you gave that sweet pendant a little edge with the orange beads above it and the marquis dangles below ~ GORgeous!!! The earrings are so pretty too. The yellow pair is fun and the flower pair is delicate. When your tutorial comes out, I will be making MANY of those earrings for my Ears to You commitment. They are the perfect earring to send (and to make for myself to wear too! and maybe the girls too ;-) ) And speaking of tutorial, that bracelet!!! It screams your name. It is such a beauty. Taking that pattern and simply changing up the color will give each new bracelet a whole different feel. I have colors swirling in my head already. Yours is elegant and romantic. YAY~so glad the day came and we finally got to see what you made!!!

  11. Wow, Therese, your necklace is really breath taking. I love so much what you made. You are a truely wonderful artist.
    Love, Sabine

  12. Therese you pieces always have such beautiful texture and flow. You are a wonderful designer. Congratulations to you for writing your first tutorial. I hope that you continue doing so because your designs are inspiring.

  13. oh my, wow, a bit of a loss for words here. I think the cab is stunning and how perfect that you were able to tie it in with this colour scheme so beautifully. That bracelet is really gorgeous, the colour just sings with this clean design. You really were on a roll this month!

  14. Wow .. oh wow .. you were inspired! Those are all amazing. I love the pendant. I am really starting to love superduos. They have such a great texture. I'm so glad my project inspired you in some way. I love the bracelet and earrings. Totally awesome! I agree with Christine .. so many possibilities!

  15. Man you have some mean seed beading talent my friend! that pendant is to die for! I love your style .... I can see why you were talking up your stash! you really did it justice! and I'm loving how you've used your duos for the flower pattern - I have to try that! LOVE these Therese!

  16. Stunning pieces! Love what you did with the cab and the bracelet is beautiful!

  17. Beautiful!!! I love how you coordinated the elegant!!! Great job and great piece!

  18. You created SO MUCH with that little mix of beads. You always seem to have so many ideas! I especially like the flower bracelet and earrings that you're writing the tutorial for. I bet it's going to be highly wanted as the design is just so sweet. Amazing work as always Therese!