Sunday, April 04, 2010

March Bead Journal Project


This is perhaps the most literal of my Bead Journal pieces to date, in that it actually represents an event that took place in the month. The idea of a fish swiming in water is to commemorate a cruise taken early in the month. The cruise was the perfect holiday - too much food, a little good wine, very little connectivity to the outside world, and the company of good friends.

About the red fish ....I received the fish many years ago as a "treat" in a secret swap program, and decided that the fish would fit this month's chosen colour of "red" perfectly. (For those of you who are reading my blog for the first time, or more hopefully, are enjoying too much BJP eye candy and can't keep up with what everyone is up to, I decided to do form all of my BJP on button covers, for a 1 7/8" round shape, and decided to complete a colour wheel during the year. It seemed like a good idea at the time....)

The fish is joined by lots of seed stitches in opaque and transparent red, along with some off-centre/bubble/magatama beads to form the ground. I think the off-centre beads are actually amber, but look slightly red, and when combined with red background fabric, seem to be a perfect garnet colour. I also threw in to the mix 3 red circles purchased in New York last fall (again, while on holiday). I'm not entirely sure of the significance of three, other than it felt right, and it fell into my new mantra of trying to edit less and bead more.

9 comments:

Christine said...

I love it!!! Red is my fave colour and I love how striking this project is. Beautiful!

Cyndi L said...

Re: "it seemed like a good idea at the time"

I still think your idea is brilliant! This is a great way to remind yourself of your cruise :-)

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

those reds just really pop! and the fish adds a nice little touch of whimsy to it. great work!

Barbara said...

Very pretty, and especially nice that it has meaning for you!

Marty S said...

I'd say your method of editing less and beading more is a great success. I'll be anxious to see the rest of your color wheel. It's a beautiful button.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Kathy A. said...

Just too cool girl!

Karen said...

So cute! Love the colors and love the fish, too! I nominated you for a blog award. See my blog for more info.

Kali said...

The fish really tickles me. And the red is wonderful. It's a perfect little piece!

Robin said...

Red fish, red button, happy vacation!!! This is a wonderful piece! Here is an interesting take on the meaning of the number three... Anything fit? Robin A.