Saturday, 21 August 2010


I've joined in again this week over at Something Completely Different challenge blog.

Week 3 and the theme is Red and Black. Here is my version.

I had to get 'peg leg' to photo it with his camera because for some reason, mine won't take a clear picture any more!

I sorted out my red and black beads to make the dragonfly, one of Heather's again from her book, only to find that I was short of seed beads in either colour. So off to Hobbycraft to buy some - any excuse to go craft hunting. My stash of dagger beads has grown over the last few weeks, thanks to Ebay! Anyway, once I had the required type and number I proceeded to throw them about the floor in a bid to make the little critter. I finally managed it in between both episodes of Corrie last night.

I had no idea what to do with the background so it came about after much phaffing about. I gessod the base and when dry I used fired brick and barn door DI to cover it all. I then smudged some black soot DI over parts of it where I inteded to put the red net and dragonfly. The little areas that remained red were then stamped in black archival on little dragonfly stamps. I trimmed the net and added both red and black stickles to the edges to stick it down. I then stuck the dragonfly in place using glossy accents.

In the end I had fun and that's all that matters eh?


Zoechaos said...

Stunning torso simply wonderful the dragonfly is beautiful the torso perfectly wonderful. xx Zoe

Artyjen said...

OMG! Joanne your beaded dragonfly is to die for..but then I do know how scrummy they are in real life ;)
Perfect background to complete the look
Thanks for playing along again this week at SCD :)
xoxo Sioux

Laura said...

Bless your kind comments on the SCD blog, we just want everyone to feel happy about the swap and offer alternative solutions . Many were very very personal which meant so much to view and share. It was a very moving week.

This torso is lush and the dragonfly glorious. I am glad it gave you an excuse to go craft hunting.

Heather said...

Joanne, you're really getting addicted to making the dragonflies, aren't you - *LOL* - this one looks really dramatic in the red & black. Great idea for torso! Just got to get cracking on my idea now! Heather x

She said...

Hi Joanne, this is gorgeous. I LOVE that Dragonfly. Love S xx

Janet said...

great torso so much detail,the dragonfly is beautiful
Janet x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic, wonderful dragonfly.