March Beaded Journal Page

Well, after 3 months, my March page is finally finished. I’ve gone through a lot of changes since my original idea and beading start, the biggest change being a physical move to a new home.

I’ve named this page “Looking Out from my Healing Place”. The tree represents a journey of healing that I took after my divorce 4 years ago. There were a lot of twists and turns in this journey but I was always reaching for the sky and growing. My tree has grown in strength and wisdom and now it is time to look out upon the world with awakened eyes and find out where this person that I have become will fit. I don’t have one face because there are 3 aspects of me, who I was, who I am now and who I will be. My past, my present and my future self. Which face is which? The tree roots are not yet firmly in the ground but I have hope that they will find their place, too.

Many thanks to Robin for her inspiration with this twisted tree branch stitch. The timing of receiving her new book, “Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery” was perfect for what I needed to express with this piece. I wrote about that here.

I have just begun my April page. The colors are much more vibrant than my March piece. Right now the title that has come to me is “Home is Where my Heart Grows”. Stay tuned for photos of this work in progress. I started this piece watching “Ethics and the World Crisis – a Dialogue with the Dalai Lama”. What an amazing human being he is.

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30 comments on “March Beaded Journal Page

  1. vivage says:

    Love, love the piece. Great use of texture and color. LOL, I love how pages morph into something totally different than our original idea (kind of like life is, eh?)

  2. elfriedabijoux says:

    Wow, I love this!

  3. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much, Viv. Yes, it’s amazing how it does evolve. This page took me the longest out of all of them so far.

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks for your kind comment!

  5. Frivolitea says:

    Your beaded work is beautiful!

  6. Well, Karen, I absolutely love the colors you used on this page! The beading is exquisite and has so much rhythym . . .

    Kathy V in NM

  7. nina says:

    stunning work here – my favorite page thus far! xx

  8. Pam says:

    ooooo I really really like this page!!! I get lots of feeling and thought just looking at it….. I can imagine how it felt doing it and then finally finishing it!

  9. artandtea says:

    Thanks Kathy, this stitch was a lot of fun to do. I studied the colors on the trees back in March and chose the bead colors based on that. Trees are so much more than brown! 🙂

    Thanks Nina, I loved creating this page.

    Thanks Pam, it was interesting to start this page in one place and then work on it and complete it in an entirely different place. There were a lot of feelings surrounding my move and I think they came out in my piece.

  10. Jacqui says:

    Congratulations on a wonderful piece. I like the fact the tree doesn’t have roots yet so it has more room to grow and I think the face looking out at us is the one for today. The sleeping one is just mediating about the future and contemplating a wonderful future full of growth.

  11. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much Jacqui! Yes, the more I think about it, the more I believe that it’s beneficial not to get too rooted in anything or anyplace. As you so eloquently put it, there is more room for growth.

  12. heidibeads says:

    This piecet is so calming in color. I love it! I can just feel the growth you’ve made – Way to go.

  13. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much Heidi!

  14. leah says:

    another beautiful piece!! love the colors and how you pulled on the colors you saw in trees. it’s true. they are so much more than brown!!

  15. artandtea says:

    Thanks Leah for your kind comments!

  16. PJ says:

    reminds me of the flow within…water over and deep down roots.. what wonderful deep meaning art! So, this is just on one page I can just imagine the other pages! Beautiful!

  17. vivage says:

    Heh, you’ve been tagged.
    vivage

  18. Nancy K. says:

    Just beautiful. The colors go so well together. And that is a great stitch. Robin’s book came out at a great time for me too, I have been referring to it quite a bit in working my current page. Since things always evolve, I bet at one point one face will be the past, at another it will be the future. Great journaling.

  19. artandtea says:

    Thanks PJ for your kind comments!

    Ok Viv, that post will be coming soon. 😉

    Thanks Nancy, I agree, Robin’s book is just so fabulous and inspiring. Can’t wait to see what you’ve done!

  20. Jim says:

    A lot of other folks have already said this, but it is indeed stunning.

  21. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much, Jim!

  22. Steph W says:

    I am so inspired by this bead journal page — and by your writing. Thank you!

  23. Acey says:

    Oh Yum, Karen. This piece is so beautifully evocative – it speaks very deeply to me even without the benefit of your remarks. I love everything about it!

  24. Lisa Clarke says:

    I love the colors you chose!

  25. artandtea says:

    Thanks Steph, your writing inspires me as well.

    Thanks Acey for your kind words about my page. This piece came from a very deep place.

    Thanks Lisa, I thought these colors really spoke of the first signs of awakening in March.

  26. LB says:

    I love this one! Great work 😀

  27. bonnie says:

    Wow! This is amazing!

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