Sunday, May 23, 2010

May Bead Journal Project


When I started to bead the May piece, it came together as a collection of items - some from here, some from there. I'd had the large flower for a while - it came from a beadshop in Portland, which means it's about 5 years old. And the smaller flowers are new - purchased at a bead sale earlier in the year. Some of the beads (and certainly the buttons) are vintage, but new to me, so the button is a real mix of different things. It's also the first work to incorporate my own lampwork beads, even if it's a tiny, tiny spacer. I guess the work really does mirror how the month has gone - some good, some bad, somethings that just have to be dealt with.

I wanted to follow up on my colour wheel comments from the last post. In some respects, the colour wheel is limiting, but it is also forcing me to use and look at beads that I wouldn't have otherwise. The small yellow flowers are like that - I don't usually use flowers in my work, and I'm not a huge yellow fan, but they showed up when I was browsing beads at the bead sale, and I knew I had to have a few for this piece.

10 comments:

Dani - tkdchick said...

Kari. I do like this April button but like you not
the biggest biggest fan of yellow or flowers. I do like your line that it just had to be dealt with. So true.

Barbara said...

I like it in all yellow, except for the two elements that have more orange in them, and they are perfect complementary colors. Very pretty, once again.

Cyndi L said...

Karin, great job with yellow. I guess you feel about yellow the same way that I do, but think how wonderful the colors we don't like so much look in the context of the whole color wheel :-)

An Innocent Abroad, Part Deux said...

Although yellow may not be your favorite color, you've done a beautiful job with it. Your button radiates sunshine and happiness.

Susan

robin michelle said...

I like this! Yellow isn't one of my favorite colors either but it's cheerful looking and your piece made me smile which is always good!

Christine said...

Ooooo, I love this!! Well done!!

Robin said...

Working with yellow beads is difficult for me because so many of them have an acidic color cast that is not appealing. Yet, more and more I've been adding yellow beads to my work. Always, when I do, the piece has a cheerful, optimistic feel to it... as does this beautiful button of yours. Innocent, sweet, charming, friendly, happy... those are the words that come to mind when I look at it! Bravo!

Robin A.

Margaret Sutherland said...

Sweet...that is the word your April button brings to my mind. April in my state (Michigan) is very yellow, beginning with forsythia and leading to daffodils. I love these colors.

Marty S said...

I love yellow--especially yellow toward golden (not green). I love this piece. I see the sun in it.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

ArtNtheheart said...

You've done yellow a great service! Congrats on completing it; great work!