Tuesday, August 02, 2011

August Reader's Challenge...

This is the second "Reader's Challenge" for The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton blog. It's a fun and informal way to play, create, and challenge yourself with a pre-selected set of components. Let's see what you can make!

To participate you must purchase a Design Kit from my Shop, featuring a ceramic "magic" bead by Diane Hawkey, a ceramic floral charm by Marsha Neal, a lampwork glass bead by Sue Kennedy, a lampwork glass bead by Bernadette Fuentes, vintage acrylic, Swarovski crystals, copper chain, and a Luxury Bead Blend.

The Luxury Bead Blends consists of Japanese Toho seed beads, freshwater pearls, coral chip, garnet rounds, jasper rounds, vintage sequins, and other semi-precious stones, and Czech glass.

Each kit also includes as special MYSTERY component! The mystery component will be publicly revealed on August 15th! Please keep it under wraps until then.

In selecting the pieces of the Design Kit, I thought a lot about the "magic of summer". I drew inspiration from ideas like summer love, the beginning of the harvest, and the heat of summer. The color palette reflects these themes in the bold reds and juicy berry colors. I really wanted to spotlight beautiful, artist-made pieces. The piece are really versatile and can go in a lot of different directions. If you saw the pieces from the first challenge, then you know that there are a TON of design options!

With your kit, using as much or as little of it as you like, create a piece that showcases your creativity, individuality, and artistic expression. Ideally your creation will spotlight the great artisan components included, but the sky's the limit with what you make. Keep your project secret until the reveal date!

The reveal date is Monday, August 29th! Post a picture on your blog or send one to me (before the Reveal Date) to post if you don't have your own; the August Reader's Challenge will end in a Blog Hop with your other participants to showcase your beautiful creations!

There are only 20 Design Kits available! (Last kit shipped Monday, August 15th.) CLICK HERE to get your own Design Kit for the August Reader's Challenge. Hurry! Supplies are limited!

I also wanted to mention that all Reader's Challenge Design Kits will now be shipped with First Class mail. Due to the relatively short timeframe of this challenge, if you know it takes a long time to receive orders, please place your order early! I will do my best to get your kit out as early as possible, but unfortunately can't be held responsible if it arrives late. With that said... I hope you all have lots of fun and I can't wait to see what you make!

13 comments:

Alice said...

I just purchased my very first kit. I'm excited about this challenge and can't wait for the kit to arrive!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Yippee I got one! I can't wait to get it!!!

diane hawkey said...

I can't wait to see what everybody does!

One Kiss Creations Beaded Jewelry said...

sally of wireworked guided me to this. she laughs at how i obsessively buy red beads and never use them. i guess now i am gonna have to use them! can't wait to get these beauties in the mail! thanx for the opportunity andrew!

Janet said...

Beautiful colours!! I think I need to step up to this plate!

moonlitfantaseas said...

bought the kit, can't wait to get it and get started on the challenge

Leslie Todd said...

I'm giving this a try! It's a color palette I really love but don't often work with. I love the challenge.

Sally Russick said...

Can't wait to see the mystery component and create a little magic! ;) This is going to be a challenge, I don't really work with red, but I couldn't resist those beautiful art beads!

Xmichra said...

Can't wait to see what everyone does! I live a little far for that type of challenge ;)

BUT, i did receive the lot beads I ordered from you today! Fantastic selection, I can't wait to work with them all!! Thanks Andrew!

darbyscloset said...

I too am very excited to receive my kit...I love the way Andrew chose the color with the berries and the ending of summer!
Have Fun Everyone, we all in this Together!!! ; )
Darby

SueBeads said...

Thank you for including my bead in your kit, Andrew!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Wow - Love that idea! Really nice mix of rich reds. Looking forward to the Kit Reveals!

JeannieK said...

Hi Andrew,
Not sure if all the kits included chain, but my kit did not. I just wanted to let you know so that when you saw piece you would not wonder why there is no chain.

Love the mystery component and thank you.