Friday, April 1, 2016

May 2016 Challenge: "The Four Elements"

A wonderful theme for May thanks to the winner of the March Challenge Sabina Vladimirova of Sabina Jewel:

The Four Elements:

The ancient Greeks believed that there were four elements that everything was made up of: earth, water, air, and fire. This theory was suggested around 450 BC, and it was later supported and added to by Aristotle. The idea that these four elements - earth, water, air, and fire - made up all matter was the cornerstone of philosophy, science, and medicine for two thousand years. 
Crystals and stones have been used in the arts of alchemy and magick for ages. Different stones are traditionally associated with the four elements of nature. 

Air Season, Symbols, Direction, & Colors - Spring; Wand or Swords; East; Sky Blue, Yellow, White
Air Related to - Thought, Reason, Intellect, Knowledge, Freedom, Memory, Awareness, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra
Air Stones - Amethyst, Citrine, Diamond, Mica, Opal, Tiger Eye, Topaz, Turquoise, Sphene, White/Clear Fluorite, Zircon

Earth Season, Symbols, Direction, & Colors - Winter; Pentacle, Stone; North; Browns, Blacks, and Greens
Earth Related to - Stability, Strength, Comfort, Grounding, Harvest, Animals, Root Chakra
Earth Stones - Agate, Celestite, Emerald, Green Jade, Green Tourmaline, Halite (salt rock crystal), Hematite, Jasper, Jet, Malachite, Onyx, Obsidian, Peridot, Quartz, Salt (all types), Schorl (Black Tourmaline)

Fire Season, Symbols, Direction, & Colors - Summer; Sword or Candle or Wands instead; South; Red, Orange, Yellow-Orange
Fire Related to - Passion, Courage, Lust, Creativity, Fertility, Virility, Desire, Romance, Force, Enthusiasm, Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra
Fire Stones - Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Fire Agate, Fire Opal, Garnet, Red Calcite, Red Jasper, Rubellite (Red Tourmaline), Ruby, Sard, Sardonyx, Sunstone, Volcanic Black Salt (natural)

Water Season, Symbols, Direction, & Colors - Autumn; Bowl or Cup; West; Blue, Light Gray, Sea Green, Silver
Water Related to - Emotions, Intuition, Divination, Healing, Dreams, Ocean, Rivers, Lakes, Throat Chakra, Heart Chakra
Water Stones - Amethyst, Aqua Aura Quartz, Aquamarine, Azurite, Moonstone, Azurite, Blue Calcite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue (Indigo) Halite/Salt, Blue Topaz, Celestite, Chalcedony, Chrysocolla, Indicolite (Blue Tourmaline) Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Pearl, Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire, Sea Salt, Selenite, Sodalite

The theme provides many possibilities for expression of art. Of course it is relevant also to beaded jewels. If for someone is difficult, can focus on only one or two elements, but it will be great if all are combined.
Internet is full of paintings and drawings on the topic. Here is some, just for inspiration.

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Please be sure to have your entry listed in your Etsy shop by May 5, 2016 23:59 EST and remember to include EBWC in the title and tags of your entry.

Kindly refer to the Challenge Rules below for details on what is allowed in Challenge entries to ensure that your entry is compliant:

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