I hope that you already discovered that our 12x12 blog was unlocked on Saturday and all of us have posted our illumination quilts. Here is my contribution.
You can read about its development in my entry on the 12x12 blog. I'll add a few tidbits here that I forgot as I was writing the other entry.
I got a crazy itch to do some monoprinting a few weeks ago. After we returned from our trip to California, I actually pulled out the paints one evening at about 10:30pm. (I was still on California time.) I had intended to use yellow paint on white fabric. Blah. When I switched to gold and silver on the black, I was pretty excited. I just used a plate of glass from an old picture frame. I don't remember how big it was, but it was smaller than 12 inches on either sides, which is why the background is pieced. That was not a completely planned design decision. But think it worked out well.
I also discovered that a very smooth, clean brayer is essential. See those black dots in this close up? Brayer glitches.
After I completed the main composition, I began embellishing. I thought it was going to need something to tie the collage area in with the background. So I added a beaded swirl. Hundreds of beads. I worked on it while we were in NY. I was never happy with the shape of the swirl, but I didn't have my chalk pencil to draw a graceful guideline. Eventually, I hated both the shape of the swirl and the beads themselves. I took this picture in very bad light just before I ripped out all the beads. (I knew you'd want to see the "before" picture, so I hope a bad lighting is tolerable.)
I didn't decide to rip out the beads until it was all sandwiched together -- with fusible! That meant I had to yank out all the little threads with tweezers. Arg.
It was the right choice. Don't you agree?
If you read my 12x12 entry, you'll know this piece is inspired by the creation of "the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night" on the fourth day in the creation story in the Book of Genesis.
I'll just add very briefly that I am saddened and frustrated by Christians who have put a strangle-hold on the story of creation in Genesis. (There are actually two stories and they don't even match up, but that's another discussion.) I feel like they insist that they know exactly what it means and how it relates to our world. It boils down to front page news, curriculum battles and political manipulation. Creationism vs Evolution. Or Intelligent Design. It doesn't matter what you call it.
When I create art that is inspired by the story of creation in the Book of Genesis, (and this is not the first or the last piece I will make that is inspired by scripture) I feel like I take a bit of a risk in letting people assume that I believe a certain way. I am willing to take that risk and I don't feel obligated to explain myself. But, I believe God is a whole lot bigger than seven days or 6,000 years.
I am thankful to God for the gift of creativity and for creation.