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.

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Soar: Art Journal Inspiration to Inspired Jewelry Piece

Soar:  Art Journal Inspiration to Inspired Jewelry Piece

Last week I shared my art journal pages so far in my new art journal this year.

This page, “Soar,” is one of those pages.  In that blogpost I also shared my layering technique for each of the pages and what materials I used to create each page.

Soar:  Art Journal Inspiration to Inspired Jewelry Piece

Today I wanted to share a jewelry piece that was inspired by that art journal page.

Soar:  Art Journal Page to Inspired Jewelry Piece

How I went from art journal page to jewelry

When I use an art journal page as inspiration for a jewelry piece, I have a process that I call “mapping.”

I look at the page and look for themes, colors, shapes and textures that I can pull out of the page.  Then I think of techniques I can use to translate those ideas into jewelry pieces.

Then I sketch jewelry ideas and choose which idea I want to pursue.  (And, of course, save the other sketches for another time.)

Soar:  Art Journal Page to Inspired Jewelry Piece

For this piece, I choose blue because it was very prominent in the art journal page.

The quote that is the most important to me on the page is, “Not only could she fly, she could SOAR.”  And the page has a lot of birds on the page as well. So I choose feathers as a symbol of flying – and soaring.  I added a bird to the clasp that I made myself as well.

Materials I used for this piece:

  • Recycled sea glass beads in a gorgeous blue color that I made into wire wrapped bead links and connected with jump rings.
  • Feather charms.  The charms had a hole on each side and they actually came in a chain that I took apart so I could use my own jump rings
  • Jump rings that I made myself.
  • Chain.
  • Clasp that I made.  It’s a hook clasp and the other side is a wire wrapped bead link made with a little bird bead.

Soar:  Art Journal Page to Inspired Jewelry Piece

The result is this lovely necklace that isn’t just beautiful, but it’s really meaningful and inspiring to me.  When I wear it I remember to not only fly, but to soar.

I often take inspiration from my art journal pages to create jewelry pieces.  I love the process so much that I created an entire eCourse around it called Inspired eCourse.

In Inspired eCourse, I give you creativity prompts and art journal prompts to create your own art journal pages and then take you step-by-step through the process of how to get inspiration from your art journal page and map out and sketch jewelry design ideas.

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In the class there is a jewelry project each week.  Students typically create their own jewelry designs and complete them each week, but I provide the jewelry tutorial as inspiration and instruction for perhaps new techniques that you don’t already know or to give you ideas for your own piece.

If you’re new to art journals, Inspired eCourse’s introduction is an introduction to art journaling.  And even if you’re not new, you may learn some fun new ideas and techniques.

After the intro there’s 4 weeks of class with each week having art journal and creativity prompts, creating art journal pages, pulling out inspiration from art journal pages and making jewelry.

Learn more and sign up for inspired eCourse here:  Inspired eCourse.

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My Process: Inspiration to Finished Piece

My Process

I get asked about how I’m inspired to create jewelry pieces, so I made a video to show you!

In this video I’ll show you how I went from inspiration to finished piece including a change I made along the way.

Watch the video:

Here is the art journal page I made that was the inspiration for the jewelry piece:

Summer Haiku Art Journal Page

For the step-by-step tutorial video on how to make the anklet, click here.

We dig deeply into this process in my Inspired eCourse.  Inspired eCourse is an art journal/jewelry making class.

First I give you creativity prompts and art journal prompts.

Then I show you how to take inspiration from your art journal pages to make a map to design jewelry pieces.

Then I show you sketching designs.

Finally, we make jewelry pieces.  (Each week there is a jewelry project that I show you how to make step-by-step.  You can use it as inspiration or a jumping off point for your own designs or make it exactly how I show you step-by-step.)

It’s full of fun and inspiration.

Learn more and sign up here.

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Jewelry Inspired by Art Journal Page: Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

Last week I shared an art journal prompt and my page from it.  The prompt was to choose a quote and make an art journal page from it.

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

I used that art journal page as inspiration to make a necklace.

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

In Inspired eCourse we dig deeply into how to pull inspiration out of your art journal pages and use that inspiration for jewelry making.

This necklace didn’t turn out at all how I was planning to begin with, but I do love it just the same.

Originally I was envisioning the beads all cascading down from a central floral piece that would be the center piece of the necklace.  I didn’t have a floral piece for the center. I thought I did, but I didn’t.  I had used it on another piece of jewelry and forgot.  I tried some other options, but none of them really worked out.

Then I considered what I most wanted in this necklace and what I loved the most were the gemstone beads.  I loved the irregularity of them and I loved the colors.

So I chose to do a simpler concept.  Simple almost always works out better in the long run.

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

I got the original idea of the beads cascading down from the art journal page where the flowers are growing up the left side.  And you can see the obvious color inspiration from the art journal page in the color of the gemstone beads.

Often things change while we’re making jewelry.  Maybe you’re missing a component (like I was in this case) or maybe what it’s just not working out the way you envisioned it.  You often have to be flexible and willing to change your idea.  You will oftentimes end up with something you love even more!

I’ll keep the original idea in the back of my head for when I find the perfect center piece to use in the necklace. But for now, I love this necklace and it’s beautiful colors and gemstones.

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

To make this necklace:

I used the interlocking wire wrapped bead link technique found here.

The only other skill you need is opening and closing jump rings.

Choose your gemstones and have fun!  The only thing that takes a little trial and error is if you use gemstones that are not the same size (my purple stones were larger than the pink and green). If that’s the case you may have to experiment to get the strands to lay just perfectly.

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Inspired eCourse gives you creativity activities and art journal prompts then I show you how to take the inspiration out of your art journal pages to design your own beautiful jewelry.

I share a step-by-step map of going from art journal to jewelry.

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Circle Jewelry Inspired by an Art Journal Page

Art Journal Inspiration: Circles

Yesterday I shared my latest art journal page with lots of circles.

Art Journal Inspiration: Circles

After I completed the page, I was inspired to make some circle jewelry.

Wire Circle Jewelry

I don’t often making matching sets of jewelry, but I was having such a fun time with the technique that I kept going!

I made earrings:

Wire Circle Jewelry

A necklace:

Wire Circle Jewelry

And a ring:

Wire Circle Jewelry

(Then I was so inspired that I also created an eWorkshop to show you how to make them all!  That workshop is here:  Circle Jewelry eWorkshop)

The art journal page was simple:  just shapes and colors.  The jewelry inspired from it is also simple:  lots of circles like the art journal page.  Sometimes inspiration is something so simple like shapes you want to try to recreate.  Sometimes art journal pages can be simple, too.  In this case I just wanted to play with watercolors and pattern papers.

Whatever your inspiration is, it’s perfect.  It doesn’t always have to be deep and meaningful.  Sometimes you can just play.

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We’ll be making art journal pages with prompts and activities, pulling inspiration out of those art journal pages with a map to inspire our jewelry pieces and making jewelry in my new Inspired eCourse!

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