Bead Journal Project 2010

Happy New Year! I am excited to have joined a project called the Bead Journal Project. It was created by bead artist Robin Atkins and involves creating one bead embroidery piece per month for the year 2010. The rules are loose and creativity encouraged – one just has to pick a consistent size for each monthly piece. Otherwise, let your inner artist emerge!

The project has several blogs – I’ll be participating in the More Bead Journal Project Three.

I have just recently started dabbling in beads and am absolutely entranced by seed beads and an encrusted style of beading. So, I think I’ll be working small (maybe 3 X 4 or so) and just see what mood strikes me each month as I work on each piece. It will be fun to see how it evolves.

I started a trial piece last month just to see how it might progress and I’m nearly done with it. It’s a round format and only about 4 inches in diameter. I’ll post another picture when it’s finished.

I hope to continue with botanical drawing and pet portraits this year as well, so stay tuned to see what I’m working on. Looking forward to a creative 2010!

6 thoughts on “Bead Journal Project 2010

  1. Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate your comments. I have just posted the finished version. Looking forward to getting started on the BJP for January!

  2. If you find the hoop gets in the way, try using acid-free paper as backing… It works perfectly to keep the puckers away. Sumi watercolor paper works well as does interleaving paper…Your finished piece is absolutely gorgeous!Robin A.

  3. Thanks, Robin! Good to know about the paper — I'll definitely try that for my January piece. I have some ultrasuede that I'd like to use and it's very thin. The paper will help immensely.

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