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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ECT TV Episode 56: Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hi and welcome to a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I’ll show you how I took inspiration from my art journal to make a simple necklace.

You’ll learn:

  • How to make a knotted headpin
  • How to make a bead dangle with a wire wrapped loop
  • How to open and close jump rings
  • How to make a simple necklace

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are step-by-step instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video.

Wire Wrapping Tools

Tools and Materials:

* If you’re going to make a knotted headpin (which I will show you), I suggest using 22 gauge wire.  However, if you decide to make any other kind of headpin I would encourage you to use 20 gauge wire.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Cut a piece of wire that’s a few inches longer than your bead on each side.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

A few inches from one end of the wire make a bend.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hold the bend in the wire in chain nose pliers and bend up the wire as seen in the photo.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hold the bend in chain nose pliers again and start wrapping the shorter end of the wire around.  This will form the “knot.”  (Note:  it’s not really a knot, just looks like a knot.)

You can make this part as messy or neat as you like.

Wrap as closely to the tip as you can get.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Wrap until you like the look and then trim off the excess wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Slide your bead on the wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hold the wire in round nose pliers just above the bead.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Wrap the wire around your round nose pliers and in between the pliers and the bead.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

The loop will be off center, so we’ll fix that now.

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

There are several ways you can fix it, but I like to hold the loop in my chain nose pliers.  As I wrap the wire around once I simply move my chain nose pliers up to straighten the loop so it’s centered in the middle of the bead.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Then switch hands still holding the loop in chain nose pliers and wrap the wire around a few more times.  Keep your wraps as tight and straight as possible.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

 

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Trim off any excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Decide how long you’d like your necklace to be and cut your chain with your wire cutters.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal InspirationECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Using a jump ring, attach your clasp to the chain.  If you’re using a lobster clasp, add the clasp to one end and a couple of jump rings to the other end for it to connect to.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Find the middle of the chain.  Open a jump ring.  Add the charm and close the jump ring.

Note:  You can attach the jump ring right into a link and then the charm will stay in one spot or you could place the jump ring around the chain and then the charm can move around.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Open another jump ring.  I attached this jump ring to the jump ring that holds the charm.  Add the bead dangle and close the jump ring.

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Get a closer look at the art journal page that inspired this piece on this blogpost that I did last week.

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

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Inspired Mini Series: Art Journal Inspiration to Jewelry, Week 3-A

Inspired

This free 3 week series will help you feel inspired and teach you how to get inspiration and express your inspiration through making jewelry.

Each week you will receive 2 prompts.  The first is a journal prompt where you can write a list, journal or create an art journal page in any way you like.  You can use paint, crayons, collage or other mixed media, colored pencils or simply words.  I like making lists.  You may want to draw or write a poem.

The second weekly prompt will give you ideas to take inspiration from your art journal page and translate it into a piece of jewelry.  I’ll share what I made, but I expect that your piece will be quite different because your response to the art journal prompt will be quite different from mine.

Each week is full of inspiration and ideas to express yourself through making jewelry.

Find the previous prompts here:

Today is the final prompt of this mini series.

Inspired Mini Series Week 3A

This prompt will help you translate your art journal page into a piece of jewelry.

Here’s the video:

In this video, you’ll learn how I take inspiration from the art journal page I created with the week 3 prompt, create a map for a jewelry piece and then ultimately create a jewelry piece.

The steps are also outlined below if you prefer to read rather than watch the video.

Leaf Bracelet

Going from Art Journal Page to Jewelry:

out my window

Step #1:

Look at your art journal page again.  Does anything call out to you or stick out to you?  Anything inspire you?

If you used words, look for words that call out to you.  In Week #1 I used a word as inspiration for my page.

In Week #2 I used photos in my art journal page and used those as inspiration in a very similar way to how I did in Week #1

For this week’s prompt, I used the colors in my page and also was inspired by the shapes that I painted.

Out My Window

Step #2:

Just like in the previous weeks, make a map of ideas.

This is a starting point for your jewelry and you may find that you only follow it loosely or use it as a springboard for inspiration that takes you in a different direction.

In this case, I wanted to focus on the art page (my mini painting) as a whole, including the colors and shapes.

Then I wrote these categories:

  • Themes
  • Colors and Stones
  • Techniques

(The same categories I used in the previous weeks.)

Themes:  As you can see in the photo above, for themes I wrote down:  nature, branches, tree, leaves.  These are taken directly from my journal page.

You may not have a direct interpretation and that’s fine.  Brainstorm and write down anything that comes to mind.

Colors and stones:  brown, red, orange, dark colors.

Again, I took these colors directly from my journal page.  In week 1, I used a list and just came up with colors I thought went along with the word I had chosen to focus on.  Anything that comes to your mind is great.  It does not have to be a direct translation.  We’re using our journal for inspiration.

Techniques:  Use this category to try to narrow down some ideas for techniques you may use since there are so many options in jewelry making.  Again, it does not have to be a direct correlation, but it can be.

I wrote down charm bracelet, which wasn’t necessarily directly related and necklace with twig or twig shaped wire, which is more directly related.

Leaf Bracelet

Step #3:

Head to your supplies and start pulling together components you think you may use.

You might have already come up with some ideas for the supplies you have when you’re doing the mapping in Step #2.  In my case, I knew I had these pretty, delicate leave charms waiting that I thought I would like to use.

Then I started going through my beads.  I sort them mostly by color, so this was relatively easy since I was looking for specific colors.

This process can help you remember and rediscover jewelry supplies that you may have forgotten about or find new ways to incorporate supplies that you didn’t really know what to do with.

And, of course, in some cases you may need to order some supplies to find the perfect shape or color.

As you’re doing this, it is possible (and likely) that your piece will change from what’s on your map.  That’s fine.  The ultimate goal isn’t to follow a map word for word, but to make a beautiful piece of jewelry that you’re excited about and feel inspired to make.

Each step of this process can lead you down a different road and that’s fine and wonderful.

Leaf Bracelet

Step #4

Put together your jewelry piece!

Inspired Mini Series Week 3A

Now, it’s your turn!  Be inspired and make some jewelry!  🙂

I have had so much fun bringing you this mini series and have loved getting your emails about being inspired and picking up your sketchbooks and journals and finding new inspiration.

How did you like this mini series?

If you liked this mini series, you’re going to love my new eCourse!

Inspired

In the Inspired eCourse we’re going more in depth with the prompts and you get creativity boosting activities to help you with your art journal prompts.  Plus I’m also giving you a jewelry tutorial each week.

One week you’ll have a surprise package of jewelry supplies from me to work with that goes along with one of the weeks!

Inspired eCourse is 4 weeks plus an introduction week to give you a great introduction to art journaling.

It starts on February 15, 2016.

I know....it seems so far off, right?  Well, starting today I’m offering a great deal on this eCourse!  It’s half off through Monday.  And considering you’re also getting some jewelry supplies (think: bead soup) in the mail, the price tag is pretty amazing.

Additionally, I’m having a sale on Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry, which is my most popular eCourse.  It’s a 6 week eCourse that will help you rediscover or boost your creativity with creativity boosters, jewelry making skills lessons and tons of jewelry tutorials!

The 2 eCourses go great together.  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry starts on January 4, 2016 and Inspired follows right afterward.

You can get Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry on sale here:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.

Or Inspired eCourse on sale here:  Inspired eCourse.

Or bundle them together to get the best deal here:  Rediscover and Inspired Bundle.

Remember, this sale starts today (Nov 27, 2015) and lasts through Monday (Nov 30) and this is the best deal you can get on either of these eCourses.

Bundle Deal

 

Rediscover Your Creativity & Inspired eCourses: Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!

Bundle Deal

Such excitement here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials!

Tomorrow (Black Friday, November 27, 2015) through Monday (Cyber Monday, November 30, 2015) I’m having a sale on my most popular eCourse and my newest eCourse!

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry

If you’ve been following along with me, you’ve probably heard about Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry before.

It’s a 6 week eCourse with emails, tons of videos and PDFs.  Each week you get a creativity booster, jewelry making skills and jewelry project tutorials.  There’s 18 projects.

I have been running this eCourse for years and each time I run it I make additions and improvements.  There’s now extra tips you get midweek, plus more projects than ever.

You can read all about it here to get all the details.

This eCourse is normally $99.00, but for the weekend you can get it for just $89.00!

But that’s really not even the best deal!

Inspired

My newest eCourse, Inspired, is on sale for the very first time and I’m offering it for almost half off the already affordable price!  For this weekend it’s just $25.00!

What is Inspired?

It’s a 4 week eCourse plus an in depth introduction.  We’ll take art journal inspiration and make jewelry.  It’s similar to my Inspired Mini Series, but much more in depth.

Each week you’ll get an art journal prompt, creativity boosting activity to help inspire you with your art journal page and then we’ll get inspiration from that art journal page and create a piece of jewelry.

There is also a jewelry tutorial each week.

Plus — and I’ve never done anything like this before — you’ll get a special secret package of jewelry making supplies (think:  bead soup) from me for one of the week’s lessons!  How fun is that?

You can read more about it here.

It’s seriously just $25.00 through Monday, November 30, 2015.

Bundle Deal

And finally, the best deal, the bundle!

Bundle Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry and Inspired eCourse together for just $99.00.  So really, it’s like getting Inspired for free when you consider that’s Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry’s regular price!

They perfectly compliment each other.  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry has creativity boosting activities and tons of jewelry making skills lessons and jewelry project tutorials.  Inspired will take you on a journal to start an art journal as inspiration for your jewelry pieces and has a jewelry tutorial each week.  It’s 2 and a half months of creativity and inspiration.

The sale officially starts tomorrow.  (Here’s a hint, though, those shopping carts are open, so you can go ahead and purchase now at the sales prices if you want to get a jump start!)

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry Deal

Inspired eCourse Deal

Bundle the 2 eCourses Deal

Note:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry starts January 4, 2016 and Inspired eCourse starts right after Rediscover with the introduction week on February 15, 2016.

I know it seems a long way off, but you’re only going to get this deal now.  After Monday, November 30th, the prices go back to normal.  (Still great value, by the way.)  And 2016 will be here before you know it!

This is such a lovely way to start out your New Year.  I know that each year I want to bring more creativity and inspiration into my life and this is the perfect way to do it.  You’ll have prompts every week starting on January 4th into mid March if you take advantage of the bundle of the 2 eCourses.  What a great way to start 2016.

Get the bundle here.

Warmly,

Kim

Inspired Mini Series: Art Journal Inspiration to Jewelry, Week 3

Inspired

out my window

This free 3 week series will help you feel inspired and teach you how to get inspiration and express your inspiration through making jewelry.

Each week you will receive 2 prompts.  The first is a journal prompt where you can write a list, journal or create an art journal page in any way you like.  You can use paint, crayons, collage or other mixed media, colored pencils or simply words.  I like making lists.  You may want to draw or write a poem.

The second weekly prompt will give you ideas to take inspiration from your art journal page and translate it into a piece of jewelry.  I’ll share what I made, but I expect that your piece will be quite different because your response to the art journal prompt will be quite different from mine.

Each week is full of inspiration and ideas to express yourself through making jewelry.

Find the previous prompts here:

Week 3

Today I have a new art journal prompt for you.

Here’s the video:

Week #2 Art Journal Prompt is:

Out my window . . .

You can respond in any way you like.

  • Make a list
  • Write it out
  • Write a poem
  • Draw a picture
  • Paint
  • Collage
  • Use photos
  • Anything at all you can think of to represent the prompt for you.

If this is your very first attempt at journaling, I recommend you simply make a list in response to the prompt and then maybe use some crayons, markers or colored pencils to add some color.

You can see an example of some art journal pages at the following links:

My Page:

out my window

I’m not great at painting, but I do love to paint.  Doing it in my art journal means that no one has to see it but me and I also get to practice as much as I like without sharing as well.

For my page, I simply used inexpensive watercolors.  I have really gotten into using watercolors lately and I have a waterbrush (the water is in the brush handle!) that makes things really simple and easy.

One of the big reasons we live where we live is we love the view from our home.  I love this tree outside our window.  It takes on many different colors throughout the year.  In the spring it’s white.  In the summer it’s green.  Right now it’s beautiful autumn colors.

Now, it’s your turn!

Use the prompt “out my window” and create your own art page.  Like I mentioned above, it can be in any format you like or feel comfortable with.  Just do it and don’t get hung up on making something beautiful or perfect.

On Friday, we’ll pull inspiration from your page to make a piece of jewelry!

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