Art Elements Design Challenge and Blog Hop - Fossils

The first thought when Niky announced "fossils" for the new Art Elements design challenge in November was obviously to look into the mirror.
I have been calling myself a fossil for a long time as I sometimes have the feeling I don't fit into this modern world very well ;-) Now that I'm sitting here I think I should have tried to do something with the idea, just for the heck of it, but the days have been slipping through my fingers in a most unproductive way, so it was much too late for it.
In fact I was late, anyway. Somehow I thought the month was much longer and that the reveal wouldn't be before the end of the month. When I was reminded of the actual reveal date, I almost panicked. It meant I HAD to make something on the weekend before because there was no chance for a last night action this time.

I did have several ideas, but a problem with the execution. Do you know those days when you feel time is running out and you just keep messing things up? Believe it or not, I started three pendants and cut all of them up again because I didn't like the asymmetry here and the setting there and why didn't that ammonite want to stay in there the way I wanted it to? I think I was just pushing it too hard, so I put both wires and the fossils away - ammonites in different sizes and a beautiful fossilized coral cab.

When the reveal date started hanging over me like a Damocles sword, I gave up on the wire.
Instead I took out a bottle and my Delicas. I have been making quite a few of those little beaded bottles lately, but the pattern I had in mind needed a bottle that was a little bigger.
I have been fascinated by dinosaurs forever. Which kid hasn't been? One of my favorite books was "Mamal" by Niels Meyn, a Swedish children's book from the 40s about one of the first mammals on Earth. I can't say how often I checked this book out and I was devastated when the library took it out of their stock. Thanks to the internet I own it myself now and can take a look at my favorite illustration, the fight between the T. Rex and the Triceratops. Sorry, Triceratops, children can be cruel and I know I didn't show enough grief for you having your belly ripped out by the T. Rex in the end.
Then there was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World from 1912. I read it back and forth and all over again.
I don't remember the title of the book with the girl and the German Shepherd that I think I got for Christmas. I do remember that the dog was supposed to be taken away, but wasn't in the end because he helped the girl finding some kind of fossil, not the crocodile she had hoped for, though.
You see, dinos and fossils everywhere!

I live only 10 miles from the Urweltmuseum Hauff, and my area has a lot of fossils to offer. One of the most amazing exhibits at the museum is the world's largest colony of sea lilies, but of course there is more. Even a crocodile! ;-)

So instead of using a fossil for a design, I decided to bead a fossil, inspired by my dino fascination and by the Jurassic Park logo showing a T. Rex skeleton.
Unfortunately I didn't stand a chance to finish it in time, so all I have to show today is a WIP. I'm still happy I got that far considering that I only had Sunday evening and a little time after work on Monday and Tuesday.

I chose a black background for the contrast as I used a mix of two slightly different beige colors for the fossil itself. I liked the look better than the idea of bleached white bones.
With more time on my hands I might even have tried a Triceratops fossil on the back to honor the fight from Mamal! ;-)

This is a blog hop, so please hop with me to all the other participants' blogs, so we can check out their posts and "fossil creations" together.


Beth and Evie - Cat (that's me ;-)) - Dawn - Divya - Kathy - Michelle - Sarajo - Tammy  

AE team members

Jennifer - Jenny - Lesley - Niky - Susan


  1. Oh wow, I love that little bottle - the dinosaur is fantastic! this time of year, the days go so fast I know what you mean!

    1. Thank you, Sue!
      I had thought I would be able to do a little more after work, but no chance, I would only have messed things again *lol*

  2. OMG you made a Dino fossil! This is so cool!

  3. Love the bottle! And I completely understand having uncooperative materials that don't understand how little time there is to get things done. Your interpretation turned out great.

    1. Thank you, Tammy!
      I insist on life not getting in the way of my creative ventures in the future, so I can create in peace! :-D

  4. Ok, Cat. First you made me laugh because when I read the part about you getting out a bottle, I thought this challenge had driven you to drink!

    It's so frustrating when our materials and hands won't cooperate with the vision we have in our minds. It seems the more crunched we are for time, the more uncooperative things become. But, looking at the sweet bottle you made, one would never know that you were having such difficulties. Love it!

    1. Maybe I should have taken a drink to make me faster! ;-)

  5. I also thought you got out the bottle for a little bit of help :)
    I love what you created - it is just amazing the detail in the beading and I love it on the bottle.

    1. I forgive you, but Dawn should know me better by now *lmao*
      Thank you very much!

  6. Wow! I love it! You made up the pattern yourself? Any tips for me - never don't that before..... We always appreciate a WIP! Thanks for joining us!

    1. Thank you very much!
      I do use a bead program (BeadTool 4) to transfer a picture, but then "clean up" and change the pattern to my liking.
      It's also what I do with my bead loomed portraits - the fan wall https://catswire.blogspot.com/p/fan-wall.html

      Send me a message if you want to talk about patterns! :-D
      cat @ catswire . com