Thursday, January 7, 2010

It's Great to Be Back!

Hello, everyone! I'm Marty S from Western Michigan. This is my second year in the BJP. Although I was a little apprehensive starting last year, I found the BJP very rewarding, both in process and product. It was a real treat to see everyone's wonderful beading and to feel that I got to know some of the other members. I know from the posts so far that 2010 will be another wonderful year.

After considerable dithering (It happens to the best of us...), I decided to stay with the same size page for another year. A 2.75 inch square worked very well. It was large enough for design variety but small enough that I could complete each page and still have time for other projects. Well, except for the February page, but I had good intentions and a rationalization that confused nearly everyone.

I use Lacy's Stiff Stuff as a foundation, and I paint it to match the main color of the beads. I lean strongly toward a monochromatic palette, but I may try more color variety this year.

My blog is Crackpot Beader. Come on over if you want to see what I've been doing. I haven't started on the January page, but I just posted a new little beaded doll. And I'll have another doll up tomorrow when there's better light for a photo. It's cold and snowy outside, but warm and welcoming at my blog.


Anonymous said...

Marty, your work is stunning! I read some time ago about how you made 'Not Quite Pink'. It was an inspiration to me with making a doll named 'Boudica' (on my blog). I did her the same way, beading flat then assembling the doll later. I'm so glad to see you here, I'll be following your work as the year progresses. Perhaps I'll become inspired again! :)

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Hey Marty,

Great to see you back! I'm on this blog too, but I did my intro fairly early. - Anne Marie - Toonto

Beady Zoo said...

Marty! I'm so glad you joined me in the dithering clubhouse, if only for a little while. Now that you've chosen your BJP size, I'm afraid you can't stay ... unless you want to change your mind again, LOL.

Loved watching your blog last year, and I look forward to seeing what you do this year.
Kathy B

Robin said...

Hi Marty! I'm soooooo glad you're back... always warm and welcoming in your heart! Two and 3/4 inches square is sounding very attractive to me right now... Hmmmmm....

Robin A.

Deborah C. Stearns said...

Hi, Marty! I visited your blog and loved your spirit dolls. The beading is beautiful and has a lot of movement -- very evocative. I'm always intrigued by art dolls, but haven't taken the plunge yet myself.