A Window Vine


When I glued the polymer clay tiles to the fabric for my August page, I really didn’t have any plans for the beading beyond choosing a color palette. I knew that I wanted to bead around the tiles but not surround each tile as if they were cabochons.

I placed the tiles in a grid pattern because a square shape looked most pleasing to me. After I glued the tiles down, it then reminded me of a window. Aahhh… A window into a special, secret garden place. All of the greens in my color palette spoke to me of leaves so now I create a window vine.


What do you think?

17 comments on “A Window Vine

  1. Stephanie says:

    That is gorgeous!!!

  2. judi d says:

    I think it is going to magical.

  3. artandtea says:

    Thanks Stephanie and Judi! I’m having a lot of fun with this beading project. -Karen

  4. A window vine – what a great idea!

  5. Brenda says:

    Very creative!
    Did you make the tiles also?
    They are marvelous also.

  6. Ellen says:

    I’m loving it! What a wonderful window this is going to be..

  7. Robin says:

    Ooooooh! This is lovely! The evenly spaced tiles especially appeal to the orderly part of me. And the varied borders appeal to the part of me that loves surprises. Order and chaos! Just curious about your glue… which one did you use? Thanks for posting! Robin

  8. bobbi says:

    what a great idea!

  9. artandtea says:

    Hi Lisa, Thanks! It just kind of evolved into this and I’m loving the idea so far.

    Hi Brenda, Last month I attended a polymer clay retreat and we swapped 1 inch tiles. So, most of these tiles I received in the swap from artist friends. I did create 2 out of these 9. They are in the middle row on the left and the right. I stamped the clay and then brushed Pearlex over the image.

    Thanks Ellen, glad you like it!

    Hi Robin, I used a white craft glue called Sobo. That’s what I usually use to adhere polymer clay to wood and metal so I hope it works well with the fabric and paper backing. BTW, my natal chart says that I have 2 sides to me – the logical, organized side and the artistic playful messy side. How perceptive of you to pick that up in my piece! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks ladies for taking the time to post your kind comments! -Karen

  10. Kathy V in NM says:

    This is so cool!

  11. CC Peyton says:

    I LOVE secrets & secret gardens…especially with hidey holes! ๐Ÿ™‚
    And, I really like the clay tiles you made…did you put on the Perlex before you baked ’em? I’m thinking it would be pretty on goddess faces I have to paint! Also, are you nervous about your stacks? You are brave! It looks wonderful!!! I’ve tried everything from socks to foil to a royal crown bag to keep stacks & rays out of my way, but still end up working upside down! Is it hard for you to work on this with the weight? Do you think I ask alot of questions! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good job!
    Hugs with aloha!

  12. matilda says:

    che bella idea, karen, che bei colori, complimenti รจ bellissimo…
    ciao matilda

  13. Sunni says:

    What a beautiful piece.
    I love the way you have laid this out.

  14. Very cool piece; what a novel idea (beading around the tiles)!

  15. artandtea says:

    Thanks ladies, I’m really enjoying how different this piece is from my first 2.

    Aloha CC! I did apply the Pearl-ex before baking. I think it would look fabulous on Goddess faces! The tiles are pretty light so the piece is not heavy at all. With beading the textured leaves, I’ve had to turn the piece upside down a couple of times to get them in just right. I think it’s great that you ask a lot of questions! ๐Ÿ™‚ -Karen

  16. Mom Wattai says:

    Hi Karen – my note didn’t go through. I just wanted to note that I didn’t realize when you were a little girl that all that imagination and talent was inside of you justing waiting to come out like the petals of a flower unfolding to the world. Besides your artistic talent, you have a way with words and you didn’t even kiss the Blarney Stone. I was almost tasting the tea as I was reading. Love, Mom

  17. artandtea says:

    Mom, you made my day with your wonderful note. Love, K

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