Saturday, February 26, 2011

March PCAGOE Challenge Entry "Bottles of Hope"

The PCAGOE challenge for this month is "Bottles of Hope".  "Bottles of Hope" is one of the charities which we, as a guild, support.  The tiny (about 2 1/2" tall) bottles are decorated by the artists of the guild and donated to be given to cancer patients.  The guild members are encouraged to submit decorated bottles throughout the year, but we decided to designate one of our monthly challenges to feature Bottles of Hope.  While I always intend to be more active with the guild and participate in more of the challenges, I find my time so divided that I fail at being as dedicated a member as I would like.  It is for this reason that I heartily welcome the monthly challenges which support our charities, because it gives me further motivation to participate.  I spent a few hours in my studio this past week working on my entry for the March challenge.
My entry for this challenge came from an idea revolving around the quote, "Where hope grows, miracles blossom".  I thought this was the perfect quote for a Bottle of Hope, to remind its recipient to keep hope strong.  With the metaphor of growing and blossoming, I wanted to use the symbol of roses, with a gradual blooming of the rose going up the bottle to the full bloom on the top of the cap.  The banner encircling the bottle contains the quote which inspired me... "Where hope grows, miracles blossom."  Here is one photo:
For more photos of the bottle (at all angles, showing the full banner), check out my Flickr photo stream at:

For a sneak peak of the other wonderful entries for this challenge, check out the group Flickr photo stream at:

I will post again when it is time to cast votes.  Voting each month for your 3 favorite challenge entries is a great way to win FREE prizes of polymer art handcrafted by the artists of the PCAGOE!
To learn more about the PCAGOE, our challenges or our charities, please go to our website: