Monday, April 19, 2010

Under Sea Fantasy with Wool, Thread Scraps and Beads



As the White Rabbit says, "I am late. I am late!!" But now I can say that I am done with my Bead Journal Project for March!! As April 1st came and went I was emmeshed in several other projects and really had no clue where I wanted to go with this months project. I was working on some needle felting and using my embellisher so I decided to start a small piece and see what it said to me. On a blue rectangle of sythetic felt I laid out pieces of roving in shades of blue and green and added bits of this and that. I oput down bits of silk velvet and some trims , then some bits of thread trash and a circle of red silk. I took it off themachine and sat and looked at it. What was it saying???? I felt like I was looking for hidden pictures, like those favorite pages in old Highlight's magazines.
After leaving it to make dinner and other chores ,I returned and immediately saw a red Jelly Fish looking up at me. We ahve been watching the fabulous LIFE series on Discovery and perhaps I was influenced by the Deep Sea episode we had just watched. Not usre, I just know that I knew where I was going and the rest would be easy!!


I really enjoyed embellishing the felted piece. I did stitch in the majority of the red tentacles to make the Jelly Fish really come to life. Then I added bits of quahog shell found on Nauset Beach last summer and drill shells and perwinkle shells also from my stash of holey shells! I used tiny flower shaped sequins in shades of orange, as they look like anenomies and glass donut beads from Tanzania with strands of purple beads spewing from the centers like sea urchins. There are also several colors of fresh water pearls as well as several forms of mother of pearl beads.



Considering that I was floudering about and undecided about what to create for this month's project I am quite pleased with how this project evolved!!!
What to do for april's project- has to be something with leaves and my favorite spring flower- now that I ahve located a pattern for creating beaded leaves, I will definately be including foliage!! Stay tuned!!!!

18 comments:

Carol said...

This is a work of art! I am always amazed at felted art pieces. The colors are so vivid, and you certainly enhanced yours with that jellyfish!

Everything about your page is beautiful.
Carol

Debrina said...

Elizabeth! This is absolutely fantastic! I love how it all works together to form a sea-scape. Reminds me of Jeannie Baker's mixed media books: in particular The Hidden Forest.

martha brown said...

This is wonderful! I love the jellyfish and all of the beading. WOW!

Anna said...

Fantastic Elizabeth. I think your painting class with Ariel is showing! This is really beautiful.

a2susan said...

I just love your piece! And I don't think you "floundered" at all - isn't flounder a fish?! Fits right in with your theme!

Beena said...

Oh, it is so beautiful! Just dreamy!

Joella said...

This is amazing!

Patti G. said...

Most beautiful E!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your stitching and combinations of fabrics and fibers and beads takes us to another world!!!!!!
Wonderful!
Hugs,Patti

Lisa said...

gorgeous Elizabeth.. delicious theme and the colors and all the yummy embellishments nestled inside. i'm loving the texture and depth.

Barbara said...

This is truly a beautiful interpretation that only an artist could have achieved. I love anything representing the sea, absolutely lovely!

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

i really love how you used bits of this and that and came up with a really cool piece of art! it's fun to look at all the individual little pieces, and then the work as a whole. it's really cool the way you mixed fibers with your beads. it all works together magnificently! wonderful page!

beadbabe49 said...

Just love it!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

This is fabulous! It is a lovely showcase of your talents and your ocean treasures.

Julie said...

It's all been said Elizabeth but it is fabulous! Gorgeous!

Robin said...

Isn't it magical when you begin to assemble things you love and it takes shape independently of your intent, becoming something vivid and exciting!!!! Your piece is proof that letting go works! Of course it helps to have lots of fun stuff on your work table. All that said... I love this piece and all of your embellishment choices including the jelly fish tentacles! Bravo!!!

Trillian said...

WOW, I love it. It is wonderful!

Zinaida said...

Your peace is fantastic!!! I love it!

Sharon M said...

This is such a fun piece, so much to oohhh and aaahhh over! It reminds me of a piece I saw years ago before "fibre arts" was an art and I became enamored with beach scenes and the idea of using several mediums to create a scrap of fabric art. Yours is far more intricate and creative though!

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