This is going to be a bit of a tutorial/process journal. I love reading these kinds of things, so I’m going to try my hand at this yet again. There will be several parts to this – probably three, since I’ll be updating as I work on this project. Who knows? This could be fun!
A few weeks ago, I went to the Lincoln Park Conservatory with my sister and we spent an hour there looking at all the beautiful plant-life. And since I don’t go there nearly often enough for something that is completely free, I took a ton of pictures. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with them (if anything), but I was focusing more on detail shots of texture and color rather than trying to get interesting compositions. I figured it would be good research for my bead-work. Here are some of my favorites:
Hmm… Definitely some color themes going on…
Anyway, this next picture I have to share because incidentally, I find it gorgeous and haunting so I hung it on my wall.
Recently Jo-Ann’s was having a sale, so I spontaneously bought a ton of pin backs and blank hair barrettes and needed something to do with them. I thought back to my conservatory trip and decided I would do a series of small brooches and clips. I think it will be a great exercise, since I tend to get carried away and overwhelmed by the bigger projects lately. This way, I have somewhat strict size limits.
I did a few sketches inspired by my photos and then scoured Pinterest for more, trying to incorporate folding and stuffing and raised beading opportunities (and desperately trying to color-match because I’m SO awful at it.)
I’ve gotten bored of doing mostly flat beadwork as of late, so the plan is to try some multi-media combinations. The new challenge with making 3D objects will be needing to make sure the base fabrics are stiff enough and attractive-looking on all sides because they’ll be seen from multiple angles. So I’m anticipating doing a good bit of layering and interfacing.
I should have some good process pics by next week. I’m excited!