Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

A couple of days ago I shared my latest art journal page and shared about being inspired by materials.

Creative Inspiration: Materials

This is the necklace that was inspired by this art journal page:

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

I studied the art journal page and just let all the colors and shapes sink in and this necklace came out.

In Inspired eCourse, I show you a step-by-step process for taking inspiration from the art journal pages that we make from prompts in the eCourse.

However, for this necklace I didn’t use that process specifically.

I had every intention of using the process, but instead the idea came to me in a state of sleepiness.  I saw the bottom part with the wires loosely wrapped around the stone.

The rest of it came to me more on the spot as I pulled out materials and thought about what direction the necklace would take beyond that loosely wrapped stone.

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

I used colors from the page, which is part of the process I teach in Inspired eCourse.

I’m pretty crazy about the color combination in the necklace.  It’s something I would probably have not tried together had I not had a similar color combination in the art journal page.

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

It’s interesting where inspiration can come from. 

I made the art journal page (inspired by materials), then made the necklace (inspired by a sleepy idea and the art journal page) and now this necklace has inspired me to sketch out a bunch of other ideas..

Where your inspiration take you?

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The introduction is all about getting started art journaling and I also have some fun techniques for you.

Then each week you’ll get a creativity activity and art journal prompt, create an art journal page and then I’ll show you a map to go from art journal page to inspired jewelry piece.  You’ll be designing your own jewelry, but I also have a jewelry project each week to inspire you, give you techniques or you can make it if you’re feeling stuck.

Learn more about Inspired eCourse here.

Creative Inspiration: Materials

Creative Inspiration:  Materials

I love using prompts to get inspiration to do an art journal page.  It helps me focus the page and choose the elements.

But often times I’m simply inspired by materials I have.

This is true for both my art journal inspiration and jewelry inspiration.

Sometimes you simply have materials that you want to use and that is the whole inspiration for the piece.

Creative Inspiration:  Materials

That was the case for this art journal spread.  I started by painting some colors I liked in the background, making some marks with a gold pen and then just went through my “art journal ephemera box” and choose things that I liked that I thought went together well with each other and with the background.

{The image on the right side was taken from an old calendar that was based on one of my favorite book series, Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock.}

Creative Inspiration:  Materials

Not only is it just fun to do and a great way to relax, but it can also be a great way to experiment with color.

Lately I’ve been into layering paper on my art journal pages.  Typically I’ll start with some watercolor and then build up from there.

As I’m choosing what papers I’m going to use I arrange them on the page and then switch them around until I get them how I want them.  Typically I’m trying different color combinations together and seeing how they work and making sure the balance is right.

Goddess Athena Charm Bracelet

You can take that lesson into your jewelry making as well.

I highly recommend that you keep a sketchbook or some sort of visual inspirational book where you can experiment with sketches of designs and colors and gather inspiration.  You can certainly try this technique in your inspirational sketchbook or, of course, your art journal.

Or you can simply just pull out different beads, place them next to each other and keep switching them out until you find a combination you.

Try colors you haven’t thought would go together before just to see how they work.  You may be pleasantly surprised.

Then go ahead and make a piece of jewelry with that new color combination.  Remember:  if you end up not liking it after you try it, you can always take it back apart again.

If you do an art journal page simply using materials that inspire you, think about how you can then use that art journal page as inspiration for a jewelry piece.

I’ll share a piece of jewelry I made inspired by this page on Wednesday.

Have fun and experiment!

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The introduction is all about getting started art journaling and I also have some fun techniques for you.

Each week you’ll get a creativity activity and art journal prompt, create an art journal page and then I’ll show you a map to go from art journal page to inspired jewelry piece.  You’ll be designing your own jewelry, but I also have a jewelry project each week to inspire you, give you techniques or you can make it if you’re feeling stuck.

Learn more about Inspired eCourse here.

Jewelry Making Quick Tip: Working a Clasp

Jewelry Making Quick Tip: Working a Clasp Long

Did you ever make a necklace or bracelet with a lobster clasp and then have the clasp fail and your jewelry piece fall off?

Today’s Jewelry Making Quick Tip will help you!

Video:

Working a Clasp

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It’s disappointing and somewhat embarrassing, but this tip will save you that embarrassment.

When you get a bunch of lobster clasps, a few in the bunch will not work.  It’s pretty frustrating, but it almost always happens.

Before you use a lobster clasp, work it.

All I mean by that is you simply open and close it about 10 times.  If it’s not going to work, you’ll know and you can use a different clasp.  If it’s working for those 10 times, then you’re safe.

This is particularly important if you’re planning on selling jewelry.  You want to make sure that your customer doesn’t have any issues down the road.

So that’s the Jewelry Making Quick Tip for today.  I hope it saves you some frustration and embarrassment.

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ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81

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ECT TV Episode 81: How to Make a Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

In today’s episode I’m teaching you how to make a fun pendant design.  This pendant is great for all the long necklaces you may have been seeing if you happen to follow fashion trends, but if you prefer a shorter necklace it works well for that as well.

My inspiration for this necklace is an art journal page I created recently.

Art Journal Inspired

I love taking inspiration from my art journal pages to create jewelry designs — so much that I created an eCourse, called Inspired eCourse, where we go through creativity activities and journal prompts and then map out jewelry inspiration that we take from the art journal pages.

How I went from Art Journal Page to Jewelry Piece:

When I made this particular art journal page I wanted to feature the word inspire.  I chose the elements on the page around that general theme.  Butterflies have a very symbolic meaning for me, especially around creativity and the word inspire.

When pulling inspiration and ideas from an art journal page, you can go in several different ways.  I make a “Jewelry Map” from the art journal page that includes pulling out themes, colors, shapes, textures and techniques. (I teach this in detail in Inspired eCourse.)

In this case, I was most drawn to the colors and the butterfly theme of the page.

Sketching jewelry:

Typically I’ll sketch out my jewelry ideas after making the Jewelry Map.  In this case I went straight to picking out supplies.

Inspired Supplies

As I was choosing supplies the idea came to me.

Inspiration comes in different ways on different days for everyone. 

Sometimes I need to create a Jewelry Map, sketch out a bunch of ideas and then choose the idea to try.

Sometimes I look through old sketchbooks until I find something I designed previously.

Sometimes my inspiration comes from the materials themselves, like in this case.

However the inspiration comes, follow it.

Once I had the idea, I made a sample and then I created the tutorial to share!

ECT TV Episode 81: How to Make a Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

Materials and Tools:

  • Focal bead
  • 5 smaller beads and/or charms (I used 4 beads and one charm) + optional extra bead for clasp
  • Headpins for all the smaller beads.  (I made my own knotted headpins.)
  • Chain
  • 4mm jump rings
  • Clasp ( used a lobster clasp)
  • 20 gauge half-hard, round wire
  • Optional:  Filigree piece
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Decide how long you want the tassel part of your pendant to be and cut 5 pieces of chain to that length.  I cut mine 1 1/2 inches.

I slide the chain on a piece of scrap wire so I can cut them all evenly.  See the full jewelry making tip: cutting chain.

Set the chain aside momentarily.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Cut a piece of wire a few inches long than your focal bead.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Hold the wire about 1 1/4 inches from the top in round nose pliers. Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Slide the 5 pieces of chain into the loop you just formed.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Slide the chains to the side and hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Wrap the short end of the wire around the long end while pulling out the long end to straighten the loop so it’s centered on the wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Wrap the wire around 2 more times, keeping the wraps tight, straight and next to each other. Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.  Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Slide the focal bead on the wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the bead.  Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Follow the instructions above to complete a wire wrapped loop.

This would make a really cute pendant just as it is.  Just slide it on a chain and you’re set.

But I’ll show you how to bling it up even more.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Now we’ll make bead dangles with the smaller beads.

I made my own knotted head pins, as I mentioned in the materials section above.

Slide a bead onto the headpin.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Hold the wire with round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the bead.  Form a loop by wrapping the wire around the pliers.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once while pulling the bead out straight to center the loop.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Wrap the wire around 2 more times. Trim the wire making a flush cut.  Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Repeat for all your smaller beads.

Step #13

 

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Attach one bead or charm to the end of each chain with 4mm jump rings.

How to properly open and close jump rings.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

If you like, attach the top of the focal bead to a filigree piece using a jump ring.

Then add 1/2 of the chain to each side of the filigree piece using jump rings.

If not, you can simply thread chain through the top loop of the focal bead or attach it to the chain using a jump ring if you want it to be more stable.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Attach a clasp.

I used a lobster clasp on one side and a wire wrapped bead link on the other side.  I made one loop really large so it would be easier to hook with the lobster clasp.

ECT TV Episode 81: How to Make a Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

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Using Your Art Journal to Release

Using Your Art Journal to Release

An art journal can be anything you want it to be. 

That’s what I love most about it.  It’s a personal place (if you keep it personal) to experiment with different techniques and express your thoughts and feelings.

My earliest art journals were in my writing journals.  I called these diaries when I was a kid.  As I got older I started drawing in them here and there.

I remember in my 20s I had left a job.  The job was very stressful and very intense, but I also loved what I was doing.  Eventually I had to leave it because the stress was affecting my mental health.  I felt like I was abandoning the people I left behind, even though I left on good terms and I don’t think they felt abandoned.

I guess I felt bad because I was leaving for my own purposes, putting myself first and it felt really uncomfortable for me to do that.

I held this guilt for a while.  I wrote and wrote about it, but I didn’t feel much better.

Then one day I pulled out my colored pencils and did a page about releasing it all and moving on.  I remember it was a tree with leaves.

( I burn my journals to let them go every so often, so I don’t have that page to share with you.)

I felt so much better.  Drawing it out had worked so much better for me than just writing words.

Words are important, too.

I do have a daily practice of writing in a journal in the morning to get everything out before I start my day.  Plus throughout the day if I’m having a moment of anger or confusion and I don’t have someone readily available to talk to, I’ll put out my journal and write it all out.

But having that extra bit of creative expression really helped me move on in the situation with that job.

I’ve used that process over and over again in my life.  I didn’t know anything about art journals or that that was what I was doing.  I was just doing what naturally made me feel better.

Now I have a specific art journal practice.  I’ve shared lots of my art journal pages on this blog to hopefully inspire you.  I’ve gone through lots of different styles and techniques.  I love experimenting in an art journal.

I picked up art journaling because years ago I discovered painting, but I realized that I don’t have enough space in my home to hang them all.  And I didn’t really love every one of the paintings enough to display them anyway, but I still wanted to paint and make art.

Enter my art journal.  I can do all the same fun experimentation in my art journal and not have to figure out where to put the art then it’s done.  I can flip through the pages whenever I like.  And it’s great because I can express how I’m feeling via art, but not have to share it with anyone that I don’t want to.

As you know, I love making jewelry and my passion is helping others to learn how to make jewelry.  As much as I love jewelry making, there are times when I want to express myself in a different way that I can’t quite convey with jewelry.

As I made more and more art journal pages, filling up book after book, the pages started to influence my jewelry making.

For example, I could experiment with colors in my art journal and then translate that into a piece of jewelry.

I could take a theme from an art journal page and then think of ways I could use that inspiration in jewelry making.

I love this process so much that I created an eCourse to teach you about it as well called Inspired eCourse.

In Inspired eCourse, I give you creativity prompts and art journal prompts, you make an art journal page, and then I show you how to take inspiration from your art journal page to design and create jewelry.

So if you’ve thought about trying art journaling and you love making jewelry or if you’ve wondered how to put the two together, or if you are interested in more ways to get inspiration for your jewelry pieces, I suggest you check out Inspired eCourse.

Even if a full eCourse isn’t your thing, try making an art journal page and see how you can translate that into a piece of jewelry.

I chose this art journal page

Art Journal Inspiration

I encourage you to try out art journaling for yourself.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate.  You don’t need a bunch of supplies.

My first “art journal page” was simply a really sketchy tree drawing with colored pencils I had around with images and words I needed to see and read to let go of my feelings of guilt.  (And definitely don’t let the fear of “I can’t draw” hold you back.  I can’t either.  No one has to see your art journal.)

Do you have something you need to let go of?  Try using art journaling as tool to help.