Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Actually a Bead Post!






Yes, it's true! I am finally posting a bead-related post on my blog. I have finished my February (GULP) Bead Journal Piece. As some of you know, this years bead Journal Project pieces are honoring an important person(s) in my life. I chose to do this one in honor of my husband, Chuck. We have been married for almost 15 years. My husband is an avid deer hunter, I am an animal lover. We are opposites in many ways. This picture was taken of him by his sister Kim, and of course, he is climbing a tree to hang a deer he just shot. It is an older picture of him, but it represents him in a way no other photo could. He looks so happy and excited, so even though it represents something unpleasant to me, I had to use it!
For this piece, I used a new bead backing, called Nicoles BeadBacking. I have to tell you, I am in LOVE with this product. It is nice and stiff, but the needle goes through it like butter! No shredding, distorting or fuzzing. I love that it comes in some really pretty colors too. This one is called "Hawk Wing" but to me it looks like Buckskin. I thought it made a great background color for a deer hunting inspired piece. I found it was nice to have a background color that compliments the beads I was using, because I didn't like it when I would have white showing between my beads when I was using my other bead backing. I used a bead mix for the background (once again added 1 bead at a time) along with some diamond shaped glass beads, 3mm aqua colored druks, and some turquoise picasso seed beads. I also used letters to spell out "Husband". I am having a lot of fun using some new colors for me, like the turquoise and many shades of brown in the seed bead mix. WHEW! On to the next one!

12 comments:

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

your husband heart is beautiful. i love the choice of colors, the leaves, vines, pic, it all works so well together. very nice tribute!

Carol said...

Nice piece Tracey. Terry and I will celebrate 40 years in just a few weeks. We are also opposites which may just be part of the secret to success!!
xx, Carol

Dee D said...

A fabulous piece. Thanks for info on the bead backing material that you tried.

Cyndi L said...

That is amazing, Tracey. I love how this piece pulls out his personality and your deep love for him!

jumbledhutch said...

Your heart is gorgeous! The colors are just perfect :) This photo still is one of my favorites of Chuck. Where has the time gone....

char said...

Your piece is just beautiful, and a lot of work. Really really like your work.

Beadwright said...

First off I love love love this piece you did in honor of your husband. Textured beading around the hunter. Second thank you for showing off my Nicole's BeadBacking.
I am not going to show off your piece on my blog with your permission.

Nicole/Beadwright

Beadwright said...

OKay so my last sentence is suppost to be
I am NOW going to.....
LOL fingers don't work like they use to.
Nicole/Beadwright

BeadsForever said...

A wonderful BJP! I love the design and the beads you used and the way you incorporated the photo.

Lynn said...

F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!! I love love love this one. The colors are so perfect and I love the blaze orange in the pic. somehow it just makes it all come together, but I don't know why. (Try not to think about the deer..............just that your husband is happy)

My Life Under the Bus said...

OMG!!! I LOVE this !!! *LOVE* It reminds me of the old Sailors Valentines really a beautiful piece!

QueenMarcy said...

That is beautiful! Thanks for the heads-up on the bead backing, I ordered some.
Marcy
www.queenmarcyoriginals.typepad.com