These small pieces are so addicting! I’m sure that people who make postcard art or ATC’s can relate…you can’t make just one! Mine just happen to feature beads and I’m choosing to mount them on canvas. And I chose the odd size canvas this time–4 x 12. Long and skinny.
Working method: pick the bead and create the background–works well. Make a background and pick the bead–works well. Either way works just fine and today I picked the bead first.
These are actually vintage buttons, with shanks, that I fell in love with at the bead store. Some technique ignorance, here…I had to find out the best way to attach shank buttons to a beaded piece and the internet works well when you have a specific question. I may have to add another layer of batting before I attach to the canvas, though, because of the extra depth of the shank. We’ll see when I get to that part.
Now to figure out a background…it definitely needs to be simple. Maybe square and gridlike.
NOT dark, not floral, not plain.
Getting closer–some movement, not a lot of color, but not quite there…
AHA! Perfect. Next question…do I want to piece this into something, and find yet another fabric or fabrics that might work? Nope…I just added some lines of stitching with the colors in the buttons.
Used some of the extra to cross over the main strip and give a little texture and dimension and I’m all set to go. But what layout do I want to use for the 3 focus points?
I think not this one…it feels too ‘cliche’ somehow.
That’s where I’ll leave it for now. Some more bead selection and decision making to come, but not tonight. My brain can’t handle too many decisions all in the same day anymore!
Linking to Off the Wall Friday…go see what’s happening there!