Monday, January 31, 2011
Starting The New Year Right!
My January 2011 Bead Journal Project is Starting The New Year Right. For me, starting the new year right means using my favorite color for beading. I really like all shades of blue, but this periwinkle blue is my all time favorite. It makes me happy, happy, happy!
When I was very little, my sister and I would help my mother bake Christmas cookies. My sister, 14 months older, decided that red was her favorite color and so the cookies with the red sugar were hers. I can remember my mother telling me that green was my color and the cookies with the green sugar were mine. For a long time green was my favorite color. I still like green, but I love blue.
I've used blue in other Bead Journal pages. I used blue to show Abundance here and Tranquility here and to remember Morocco here.
The foundation is Lacy's Stiff Stuff painted with watered down blue Dye-na-Flow.
This page contains the usual combination of 15/0s, 11/0s, 8/0s, and 6/0s plus some hexes, cubes, and charlottes. There are also some flat teardrop shaped beads and some flat round beads.
I used the backstitch and the stop stitch.
The page is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. That's the same size as my 2010 Bead Journal pages.
The thread is blue Nymo D.
What I Was Thinking:
Happy thoughts! I love working with blue. This page has a very small range of color and value, and it was interesting to see myself continue to try to limit that range. And I wondered whether I could really do all twelve pages for 2011 in different shades of blue.
Issues that Came Up:
The most challenging thing about this page was trying to get it balanced. The three "wallpaper motifs" above the row of bugles went on early. The three "eyebrows" (that's the way I think of them--call them what you want) of 6/0 beads seemed so heavy. I didn't have any more of the 6/0 beads to use elsewhere on the page. In the end, I think the teardrop beads and the three smaller "wallpaper motifs" above the "eyebrows" helped to balance the page. Ripping was not required.
And now, can I really do all twelve pages for 2011 in different shades of blue? No need to decide till tomorrow, when February starts.