When I started the Bead Journal Project, I had a theme in mind. I wanted to create a visual representation of the Wheel of the Year. As there are 8 spokes in that wheel, I still needed 4 ideas to complete the year. I decided to interpret the Four Elementals. Well, that was my intention anyway. I think I veered off a little here and there. Then again, if we didn't make rules for ourselves, how could we know the joy of breaking them?
For the month of October, I'm drawn to the Undine, the elemental representing water, flow, intuition and dreaming.
First, the sketch:
I've already changed my mind about the placement of the different focals on the left side.
Here is that beginning. The stones I used were a gift from a rock-hound friend who found these in a dry riverbed somewhere between Truth or Consequences and Las Cruces. I think the larger one is some kind of agate - it was very fragile and quite porous so I coated it with liquid glass. It dried a little unevenly but I still like the effect.
I pictured my Undine as standing on a pile of pearls - I had no idea this was going to get as deeply textured as it did. When I fill in the background, it should really stand out.