Habitual Habitat of the Amy

I kept reading advice columns for how to bring sales to your etsy shop, and one thing they all said is to get a blog.

I can't say this blog has boosted my etsy sales, but it has given me yet another outlet for talking about myself, and that can't be bad--can it?

The direct link to the Etsy shop is HERE

Thursday, May 5, 2011

All Hail the Wiz

Pattern - Wizard Beaded Tapestry
This is clearly the pattern that goes with yesterday's post. It was a rather fun one to make, really, even if I forgot to add my signature.  I also went out of my way to make sure the background beads were all matte transparent, and the wizard beads were all...shinier.  Except for his skin, which couldn't be helped unless I wanted it to be straight up ivory.  I wish I'd gone with my original plan to use a transparent matte color for his staff, but I talked myself into that ...striking gold instead.  Also the clouds are shiny color-lined, but again it couldn't be helped.

And you can kind of see where I made some changes to the pattern between printing and beading--most notably the inside lining of his cloak is green in the beads and blue in the pattern. I thought it would work better this way.

I'm actually quite pleased with how the background turned out.  I haven't done much beaded landscape, but now I'm thinking I might look into more. I do have a TON of greens.  I believe I mentioned how it was slightly more difficult than I'd expected to make the background. I guess I just hadn't put much thought into things like aerial perspective recently, so it was a whole new game.  Still, aside from some bead choices that could have been a bit better, I think it turned out quite well.

It did take TWENTY colors to make this, which is way up there, although I can't remember if it's the most I've done or not (my memory says the world map has 12 colors, but it's been wrong before).

I'd originally wanted to just put this pattern up as my EBW Challenge entry, but apparently that's not allowed. So instead, it's up next to it, such that looking at the tapestry will show a thumbnail of the pattern.  Hopefully that'll be enough for someone to buy it.

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