Thursday, July 05, 2007

June Bead Journal Project

You can see my Bead Journal Project entry for June. I'm not really sure what I think of the finished piece... I certainly have a lot to learn. I have never filled a shaped with sequins, and I'm not sure a solid shape like the moon was a good choice.... I really enjoyed using all different blue beads for the water, although I struggled with wanting better-defined lines, which would have required all seed beads, or having fun with the different sizes of beads and not having the line effect I was going for. I had planned to have leaves or flowers floating on the water, but with the water beads being so big, it seemed like it would look like the water was floating on the leaves/flowers. I had also planned to fill in the water with lots of different embroidery threads, but thought it would take away from the beads and maybe be too "busy."

Things I would say I learned from this piece:
Beads behave differently than threads.(This may seem like a "duh", but it surprised me)
Sequins fill areas in a more airy way, than in a solid way.
Portions of the design that are done in beads tend to come forward, unbeaded areas recede.
Every piece doesn't have to be a masterpiece (thank goodness!)
I need to play more. (yay!)

Happy Stitching and Beading,
~Lin Moon


Sue in western WA said...

Left a brief note on your flikr site but wanted to catch up with you on your blog too! I very much appreciate the thoughts you expressed in your post on the BJP blog and again here in your personal blog. I'm currently having a hard time with the concept of "playing" myself!

Elizabet said...

i seriously adore this journal page and would give it a home if I could!

Just treat it as a learning experience. I have half a dozen learning pieces on the go at the moment.

Marty52 said...

This is gorgeous... I love the swirling water! Way cool!

Lillian said...

I love how you did the blue beads for the water :o) and Thanks for reminding us to play more :o) Lillian in WA

Susan said...

I like it quite a lot. I think it looks exactly like what it is supposed to be - the waves coming into shore. Your variation in bead sizes seems just right to me.

Krazy Kathy said...

I think it's great. It looks just like refreshing water. It works for me!

Barbara said...

Wow, what beautiful work! Love it!

The Lone Beader said...

I LOVE the water. GREAT job!! :)

Kiwi Ellen said...

Gorgeous stuff! Water & the moon are you sure you aren't me? LOL
Seriously tho the swirling water is fantabulous!!

Judi D said...

I missed this, but it is absolutly simple and gorgeous.