I need beads! A lot of the crafts I make have beads incorporated in them. The only way I can get some beads is to buy them in a collection and the container usually has “loser beads.” I don’t have the heart to toss them so when there is jar full of loser beads it is time to figure how to use them up! I am happy to report a pint jar full of leaf shaped plastic antique silver beads was empty at the end of yesterday!
My first idea was using a paper doll printout I purchased on Etsy. I already had a board I purchased at a garage sale to use as the base. I used alcohol ink to cover the image of the flowers. It was fun assemble the paper doll and put the leaves on her gown. I flashed back to a Project Runway segment when they had a Flower Challenge!
After I finished the Garden Diva, I was surprised to see I had MANY leaf shaped beads leftover. So it was back to square one. LOL Out popped an idea to make the leaves represent a lady’s hair….I see a Garden Queen!
I like making Queen art! I collect faces so it was fun to go through my images and print out this beauty. Is she a garden fairie or does she spend so much time thinking of her garden her hair is turning to leaves? Either way the Garden Queen is special. She is a celebration of summer and a thoughtful piece for a your favorite gardener. Most of my art sells for gifts and I love making things that are purchased for gifts! When the Garden Queen was finished I had 10 beads left over. Mission accomplished! p.s. check out my Smiling Thought why I make crowns.