Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bead Journal Project - Guidelines

Hi Everyone, and welcome to the blog for our 2012 Bead Journal Project! I thought it would be a good idea to post a few guidelines for the newest members, as well as a refresher for returning members!

Bead Journal Project - Guidelines
The Bead Journal Project is all about making a commitment to yourself,
to art and to beading. The “guidelines” are simple:

1. Make one piece per month for a year.
2. Your pieces can be any size/shape you want, but you must stick with that same size/shape for the entire year. It’s OK for returning participants to choose a new size/shape.
3. You must use some beads on each of the 12 pieces. They don’t have to be solidly beaded.
4. The main emphasis is to give an impression about each month, to journal your experiences and record your feelings in a visual way.
5. The secondary emphasis is to challenge yourself to expand and develop your technical skills.That’s all. You are responsible for sticking with your commitment (there is no BJP enforcement squad). You will not be turning anything in to anybody each month or at the end of the year. It is not required that you make a physical book or journal with your pieces, although you may if you wish.
Some participants are total beginners at beading; others have years of experience. No matter what your skill level, you will measure your growth and success against your own work, not the work of other participants.
You can think of the BJP as a framework for you to explore and expand your own creative pathway.We have established a blog to keep our community informed of everyone's progress. We invite all participants to read and post to this blog. Although many of the past participants say they were very inspired and motivated by seeing the work of others on the web and by posting their own work, it is not required that participants have anything at all to do with the web.