At the bottom I used Kiwi Organza that I swished across the bottom. I have never used anything other than beads in my projects, so this was something new. It made me think of big, sweeping watercolor strokes. In between the ribbon I used a little bit of seed beads to show some lines, but I left some of the fabric showing. Hard for me! In the grass there are little clumps of, oh, I don't know, maybe moss covered stones? I simply fell in love with the 6mm Emerald Isle Mix Glass Pearls!!! They have the most luscious luster to them! (I can't wait to use them in another project and my mind is swirling with ideas on how to feature just those beads.) Here is a shot of them, so you can see them close up...it comes with 3 shades in the mix...just yummy!
I also used several different kinds of flowers. I used Czech glass lily flowers in turquoise, Czech glass hole star flowers in light blue/amber and pink/white silk, Czech glass large flat flower in sapphire/white/coral, and a matte amethyst resin buttercup flower. I think they made a nice mix of wildflowers that I saw in my mind. I wish the Swarovski butterflies came in a little bigger size. They did get swallowed up a little bit in my big project, which is a shame because they are very pretty.
(oh, wow...my enlarged pics really shows my crooked lines! lol. oh well. They looked pretty straight when I was doing them.)
And the last thing I absolutely fell in love with are the 9mm Swarovski teardrops that I used as big raindrops. They are so sparkly and a beautiful shape. I saw them and immediately thought of rain!
So, here is my imagined meadow,
Springtime in Heaven
(you can click for a larger view)
Oh, my gosh! the grass border became a big problem! I did the grass before I did the sky, and I really shouldn't have done that! Every pass I made while beading the sky, the thread got wrapped up and tangled in the grass. Ugh! I was going to pull my hair out by the end. Not only did the organza ribbon remind me of watercolors, but I was thinking last night as I was looking at it how the sky made me think of a sky blue Crayola crayon. :)
And I cheated a little bit. My BJP pieces are 5x7. On this one I put on the ribbon first and put it all the way to the edge of my limits, and added the flowers. But I couldn't help but think it was missing something. That's when I added the grass border. Now this piece actually comes out to 6x8 because of my poor planning. But the picture part is still 5x7! So, do I get a slap on the hand for breaking the rules? lol. Sorry. It really needed the border, and I wasn't going to tear it all apart and start over.
This piece really speaks to me in what I think Spring should be. I don't get these kinds of springs in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, and I really miss them. On this one I practiced simplification, a literal interpretation rather than the abstract that I normally do, showing some fabric, and using something other than beads. Even though the design is a simple one, it was a huge challenge!
Happy Spring to you!
p.s. after I posted this, Robin Atkins at Beadlust posted some commentary and tips that I struggled with in this piece. I recommend reading it. Thanks Robin!
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