Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Crossing over

I've had beads on the brain lately, and I guess it shows...
Lampwork has its own special beauty in the bead world, as each bead is its own work of art. My friend Carolyn is a lampworker who has tons of smaller beads, so we thought it would be fun to design a piece of jewelry that could use a bunch of 'loosies'.  These are beads without partners or sets, that have a beauty all their own, but don't always find a place in beadweaving. I have a good selection of different sizes, bought mostly because I couldn't resist their beauty, but couldn't figure out what to do with them. This necklace actually uses about four different lampworkers' beads. Carolyn's appear in the strands, and I wish I could remember who created the larger beads.
    This design is named Village Lampwork Necklace, as it took a village of artists to create it. I feel very lucky to be inspired by the artists who created these beads, and reminds me once again, that inspiration makes the world go round. And it often takes a village for things to come together.
    Thanks to both the bead village, and the Zentangle village! There is nothing more fun than cross pollination!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I never know

This week's Diva challenge is centered on JJ LaBarbera's tangle, Huggy Bear. I thought it would be fun to fill every section of the string with the same tangle. In true Zentangle® fashion, I had no idea what this would end up looking like. I don't ever feel confident starting out with a dotted grid, as I don't ever space them out very evenly. But that's all the more reason to love this art form... I never know what will happen! If I was able to space out the dots evenly, I most probably would be tempted to have more control over the whole thing. As it goes for me, the lack of control is usually way more fun!
   Once I had my basic circles going, other things began to happen, so I just followed the lead of my little voice of intuition. No thinking, just moving. No second guessing, just moving. No judgement, just moving. Always a metaphor for life itself. The fun really is in the process. The outcome might be pleasing, too, but if I had known where I was going before I got there, I would have lost a lot of the joy of the journey. Expectation can be a real buzzkill.
   I had a great time!!! Thanks, JJ and Laura!

“One does not discover new lands 
without consenting to lose sight of the shore 
for a very long time.”
Andre Gide