Saturday, September 10, 2011

Etsybloggers Carnival - New Designs

Rose's September Etsy BeadWeavers Street Team Challenge piece,
a cuff called Yellow Brick Road.  You can read more about it here.

Our host this week for the Etsybloggers Carnival is Rose at randomcreative.
The two topics she proposes have a fall flavor:
1) Do you have a favorite fall recipe? Share it here.
2) Have you been working on any new fall designs? Post some pictures and talk about these new designs and/or post a tutorial.

Most of you know I'm no cook, so I decided to write about what's happening in the storybeader’s studio.  To carry out one of my short term goals for September, I'm rolling a WHOLE BUNCH of paper beads.  Here's some I'm offering on Etsy.  I love these colors - perfect to wear with fall outfits.   Earlier, they were drying in between their sprays of acrylic sealer.   

I recently sold an art journal on Etsy and want to make at least one more to take its place before the end of the month.  The first thing I do when making an art journal is to choose a color scheme.  I decided to see what Design Options is forecasting for the fall color trends  - an old habit from my jewelry making days.  Here are four combinations I like; my favorite being the Urban Romance.  
Fall 2011 clothing color treads
I use three colors in my art journals and decided on turquoise, purple and gold.  Most of these colors are too dark for journal backgrounds, but with my watercolors, I can lighten up the shades.  Here's what happened:

Pale Urban Romance colors
These pages are 90lb. watercolor paper.  If you had your choice, what kind of paper would you prefer for your journal: watercolor, posterboard, or a all-purpose medium weight?  


Kathleen said...

I like the idea of the watercolor paper for the journal pages. 90 pound would make the pages more like book pages and yet still be heavy enjoy and sized to take water based media or collage. Sounds like fun! Your paper beads are really pretty!

BeadedTail said...

I don't know the difference between papers so I'm no help there. It sure looks like you're being mighty productive lately! Can't wait to see how everything turns out!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Fun colors and fun projects!
I think watercolor is a great choice for the paper. Heavy enough to withstand all kinds of fun art! But not so thick it won't close.

Erika said...

I like to use watercolor 140 lb paper for my journals. They are heavy weight and I feel can withstand my layers of gel medium, papers, and paints on both sides! And then I just like the weight in my fingers too.

randomcreative said...

Thank you for including my piece here! Personally I would prefer poster board or an all-purpose medium weight. Can't wait to see more of your beads and journals.

cindy said...

I love seeing the photos ofyour work in progress. As for paper choices, I really don't know the difference in weight, and what that means to the final outcome of the journals.

Skulleigh said...

I too like 140lb watercolor paper. I find that 90lb tends to buckle on me, but I tend to use a lot of water.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I'm not focused or organized enough to keep a journal, but if I did I'd surely pick the art journal with the bird house bead that is in your shop! I love you haiku on that one.
I'd probably pick watercolor paper! And, I like the fall colors that are not typical fall colors -- your new journal will be lovely!

Splendid Little Stars said...

I like the colors you chose for your new journal. It's interesting that you're making the background pages all at once.
For me, I'd like either watercolor paper or cardstock, depending.
Looking at your paper beads sent me on an internet search to see what folks were making with them. Mostly I just found a variety of beads. I think the papers can be quite interesting and I'm sure there're folks out there making creative items.

MagdaleneJewels said...

Love the paper beads - I have tried making them - but I seem to be all thumbs - they look great!

Love the watercolor papers - the soft colors will be perfect for your journal. I have been doing some watercolors using some of Sassy's watercolors - I done a watercolor painting in years (like a century ago!)

tamdoll said...

I love your Yellow Brick Road cuff!

Do you know, I never thought to use an acrylic sealer when I make paper beads. Last time I tried making paper beads they ended up on the website.

storybeader said...

just wanted to let you know, the cuff was make by our host, random creations! {:-D

tamdoll said...

oops!! I got carried away.

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