9.30.2007

October BJP: Beginnings

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.

13 comments:

  1. None of the photos are visible, morwyn...but I love the ideas.

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  2. I think I might have been updating the post when you checked in - anyone else having trouble with the pics?

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  3. I'm seeing the first one now...the sketch...but not the other two...

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  4. I too am only seeing the sketch picture : )
    Sandra

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  5. I think I have the problem fixed - can you see the pics now?

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  6. I see them all. I really like the pearls and the texture they created.

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  7. Lovely stuff Morwyn, those pearls are so beautiful & lush

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  8. I see all the pics. Thanks for showing your progression. Those pearls do look luscious under your stones.

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  9. Lovely job so far.
    I like seeing how you work.

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  10. Hi Morwyn, Thanks for sharing the step by step progression. I love everything about your page so far - the colors, the stones, the texture and most especially the PEARLS!

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  11. Yes, seeing your process photos is a gift for all of us! Thanks!

    Love your pile of pearls! Couldn't imagine what that would be like in your original sketch...

    Looking forward to more of this and to see eventually how your over-all concept plays out!

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  12. The pearls are delicious -- this whole page is gonna be scrumptious!


    Kathy V in NM (who thanks you for the liquid glass info 'cause she has lots of stones that could benefit from something like that!)

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