January Page Accompli

January's Bead Journal Page takes the Earth as its theme.

This is my eighth page for the Bead Journal Project. I chose the Element of Earth for my theme this month because this is the time of year when I must be more grounded, as I mentioned in a previous post.

On the left is my "squared away" self, smack in the middle of my recreation of a citrine geode. Like Violet Baudelaire, I find it hard to concentrate unless my hair is tied up. As you can see, even when I try to contain some part of myself, it has a tendency to do as it will. Madly.

On the right, from the bottom to the top, are the four pillars of the earth, with the four winds blowing over them. All of it capped with a replica antique Chinese coin of base metal - I tried to make it seem as though it were the centerpiece of a Zen garden (Inspiration #9).

So the page is of stones and glass and metal - all having their origin in the earth.

Finishing a page is a most excellent feeling. Even better is the next page on the horizon:

The February BJP: Imbolc, the Time of Healing, the Time of the Quickening Moon. Lots of wonderful correspondences here to play with.

I had a brainstorm this afternoon - I'm going to film this one as I work it up and post it here. Nothing like a really difficult technical challenge to get your brain rockin' into gear!


  1. January is wonderful, morwyn, and I'm really looking forward to watching your progress on February!

  2. This is stunning. I especially love the hair tie. These are colors that I always reach for first. It's strange because I rarely wear them. ??? Can't wait to see February.

  3. Awesome!

    Kathy V in NM

  4. Well, Morwyn, you never stop amazing me...it is pure JOY to see not only your process, but your finished pieces as well. Such beautiful and inspired work....!

    All the best,
    Christi, in WA state

  5. Gorgeous page, Morwyn! I love everything about it - from the earthy square shapes and colors to the playfulness of your tied hair. I'm looking forward to watching how your February page develops.

  6. Ok, I didn't spell check the last one and it had some wonderful typo's, so I'll give this another try.... Love your January page, but then I admire everything you do. Can't wait to see your February page video.

  7. Great page. It looks soothing. Maybe because when we are well grounded we are more at peace. I like your zen garden. Makes me think of the sand being raked into nice simple designs.

  8. I agree with everybody else... January is so grounded and peaceful! Did it help you? Triangles are special to me, so I'm looking forward to seeing how February progresses. Thanks for your frequent and in-process posts!

  9. Stunning work and I love all the symbolism behind all the imagery.

    I look forward to your little movie next month, it will be interesting to see how someone works. Not that I am offering to do that, that movie might be a bit long and tad chaotic with my lack of direction


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