I'm back and so the journey begins! After several false starts, I'm happy to say that I'm now committed to a simple shape for my 2012 bead journal project. It's smaller than 2010, but far more practical. My problem is that I want to do it all, so need to leave some time to swap and play with other techniques.
I started the shape and then decided on the colour. Blue always reminds me of winter, so what better colour to use for this first piece.
Add a dash of purple, white and metallic for contrast, then slip in a few buttons from the family jar.
One is for the month of January!!! And the result is.........
A house, of course!!
The number "1" and the tiny screws are from a circa, who know when, touch tone phone (I knew that I was keeping it for some reason). The tiny key was found in the bottom of my mother's old jewelry box. It's stitched, not glued, just in case I ever find what it belongs to! The dark metallic button is part of a collection I started in the 80's (that button store is long gone!). I thought that it was about time I started using them!!
The base is 4" tall x 2" wide and made on a base of acrylic painted peltex. As usual, I've used an eclectic collection of beads, included three vintage flower sequins and then beaded them with a combination of peyote, back, stacked and bocce/boucle stiches.
My focus this year will be on the home......recycling, repurposing, making do and begging, borrowing and stealing numbers from my friends and relatives. The series of twelve will be tied together with a common thread of a unique number, combined with a vintage button. After that, who knows what I might get up to..........I don't guarantee that they'll all be bead encrusted..... and the size will restrict me somewhat......but that will just make it more challenging!
This year promises to be a mixed media exploration of the houses of the rich, eccentric and technique obsessed! Now, don't you want to pick up your beads and play?
Now on to February.......so does anyone have a cell phone or hand held calculator that they're not using? Giggle!!