Friday, October 12, 2012
Beaded Art Journals -- Step 1
This morning it was time to get off the computer, stop messing with the camera and actually start making something. Sometime after my son's last birthday I learned that he was rather disappointed that his sisters each got a beaded art journal for their birthdays and he did not. I had no idea a 7 year old boy would want an art journal, but I should have known he wouldn't want to be left out. Since his birthday is coming up soon (along with the holiday craft shows) I figured that I should get to work making him one. I sold all the ones I had at the Summer Bainbridge Island Artist's Studio Tour. A woman came into my booth and bought them all. She had bought one last winter at the studio tour and her friends raved about it. She came back specifically to buy more for all her artist friends and wanted to make sure I would have more again this winter. I don't want to disappoint her so I started 28 more. I got as far as cutting the paper and fabric and fusing some of the fabric on. I ran out of wonder under so I will have to make a trip to town before I can finish the other half. Probably best anyways since my fingers are a little tender from getting too close to the hot iron as I stretched the fabric around the paper.
The nice part about these journals is that I can work on the beading away from home. I create a mixture of beads in a little tin and its very easy to transport. Most of my work either needs the sewing machine or I have the embellishments all laid out and I can't more it until everything is sewn down. I'm often waiting in the car for the kids to finish their various activities so I figured I better get something productive prepped. Now I only need to get the beads together (and I better clean the bathrooms a little before company comes over -- hopefully no one will look too close!) and I am all set to go.