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Monday, January 14, 2013

ABC's of Creativity - A is Art

Over 2013 we are going to journey creatively throught the alphabet. Touching on techniques, inspiration and eye candy we hope to help spark your creative process.

Creativity is defined as the state or quality of being creative; the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; and the process by which one utilizes creative ability. (from

We will start our journey with A for Art. Art is defined as the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance; and the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings. (from

Art is whatever you creatively produce, but it is also the process of the creation and it can also be the work of another that inspires you.

Taking the time and effort to learn the techniques of your chosen art form is an important part of the creative process. You will expand your ablities and see the possiblities in the any variations of your art. For beaders a great reference book for a variety of techniques is The Art and Elegance of Beadweaving by Carol Wilcox Wells.

When looking to art for inspiration galleries and museums are the obvious places to go, but the world of the visual arts are available in books and online sources. Without leaving home you can go to the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim.
Mona Lisa by da Vinci as see at the Louvre
Bridge of a pond of water lilies by Monet as see at the Met
Green Violinist by Chagall as seen at the Guggenheim
Here are some handmade beads inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night. These polymer clay beads are from Humble Beads by Heather Powers.

Inspired by the painting and the beads I combined the beads with navy blue pearls and bright yellow crystals.
 I hope that this will ignite a spark or two in your creative process.

Happy Beading!!!

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