Friday, April 2, 2010

January 2010 BJP AMD


My 2010 bead journals will be in an ambitious 6" X 6" mixed media format. Gulp! My intent is to once again push the envelope and incorporate a variety of techniques & found objects into these pieces. My creative cues for January were taken from the Toronto Bead Society "Bag of Beads Challenge" & a "Bare Naked Postcard" swap, I participated in on the Fiber Art Mixed Media, Ning Group. Techniques and materials included are as follows: - intuitive landscape made from an acrylic paint monoprint; angelina fibres; hand embroidery; free motion machine embroidery; handmade, heat distressed fabric/paper bead; back stitch; stacked stitch; boucle/bocce stich; brick stitch (some diamonds I made years ago, originally intended for a bracelet); Robin's wildflower stitch; and a simple fringe. The central motif was bezeled with Robin's stacked stitch method. Some of the more unusual elements include the friend gifted zipper pull & a copper coloured paper faster (thanks to Cheryl & Deb), buttons from the family button jar, a Canadian penny, a marble, metal beads from a thrift shop find & the copper pipe cap from the BOB challenge. This last item was drizzled with alcohol ink & smashed with a hammer! Very therapeutic! My starting theme is reuse, recycle & reconnect with the environment. I'm not sure that I'll stick to it all year, but it's an enjoyable start to my journey.

14 comments:

Beth said...

More pictures!!!! Great piece.... wish I had the patience to cover something with beads, saved stuff and found things!

Looking forward to MORE.

Beth-Near Chicago

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

this is just phenomenal! i love everything about it. the colors, textures, movement...everything is gorgeous!!!

Penny said...

This is gorgeous and there's so much to look at.

Karen S said...

Beth's right --- more pictures!!!!!

Kaite said...

Yep, so much to see and maybe even to do? can i pull the zipper pull? a gorgeous piece, looks like a couple of month's work. love your colour palette too. |<.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks, everyone! Beth is it patience or insanity or an addicition? Only time will tell. Once I start, I just can't stop!

No Kaite, there's only E6000 and peltex behind the zipper pull. Shhhh! The interactive one will be on a future project.

Fibreartist said...

Reconnect with your environment, what a lovely phrase!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks Donna! I love words, almost as much as I love beads, fibre and the environment.

Robin said...

WEll!!!! Fun and challenging to try to find all of your items and techniques in this beautiful piece... almost lost sight of how gorgeous it is as a whole! I'm so glad you're blogging!!!! Love your starting theme!

Robin A.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks, Robin! I'm starting to think of this BJP year as a treasure hunt. It's going to be fun to come up with all sorts of sneaky things to incorporate in my pieces. Perhaps I should have a "spot the weird embellishment" contest? Maybe later....LOL!

Marty S said...

I love this one, too! I think you'll stimulate all of us to think outside the bead box.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks Marty! Welcome to my world....I don't think that I know how to work inside of the box! LOL!

Whytefeather said...

I love this, the colors, the texture, the buttons and zipper... just love the whole thing. One of those I'd love to see bigger or closer details and be able to touch. Beautiful work!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks! This is one of my favourites as well.