Friday, November 28, 2014

Create using one or more Cameos...what I did with this Challenge.

I really enjoy taking part in the monthly Challenges within the B'Sue Boutiques Creative Group.  Each one is an opportunity for me to challenge myself, to create a design of my own.  Something that is not like anything I have done before.

Before the challenge was announced, I had the above idea set out.  I thought, hey, I will finish this design.

Then I would be pretty...but not a nail biting challenge.  And that is what I wanted to experience.

So......I pulled out a brass stamping of twin snakes that I have never used in a design.  I don't know why I purchased these.  I am not a fan of snakes.  Yet, I did buy several a while back because of the unique design.  I saw possibilities. 

Now what to do with it and one or more cameos?

I laid out this design to look at for a few days.  Yep, I think this may work. 
The coloring was not considered, only the pieces for the design.  I planned to co-ordinate the coloring later.  I chose a butterfly cameo.

After a few more days, I didn't like this anymore.  So...I laid out something different. I was getting somewhere.  I chose a different cameo for this design.  I thought...she is looking up and these snakes hiding in wait to....well, I decided that was too creepy.  Not working for me.

And then, I changed the design and the cameo that I used.  I was happy with this one!  Put it together, and this is the end result.

I work like this all the time.   Every design I have ever attempted has been a series of transformations before the end result STARES AT ME and I have that "AH HA" moment.

I still don't care much for snakes.  I am, however, pleased with the result of using these snake stampings.

By the way, you can find this stamping here, in raw brass, if you would like to challenge yourself to create with it!


  1. Kate, this is a wonderful blog post, and it shows meexactly what I need to start doing with the photo insertions within the text. Thanks for this perfect example.
    I imagine this post is very much like what Brenda has in mind for us to do when we begin the "create your own line" challenge in January.
    My design process is practically identical to yours..."great minds"...

  2. Kate, you inspired me to purchase this snake in my last B'sue order that that my mailman just drop off at my door.....loved your blog and your necklace.

  3. Great Blog and the creative process! And the necklace is spectacular...the snakes make it unique and different!


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