I like to start my beaded work with a fabric collage. I like how this one looks like a landscape! This is 8 1/2 x 11 and I am not intending to work this large (unless I want to complete only one!) I will cut the image area from this sheet of possibility and create from there. I found I had some pellon fleece and will use it, along with typing paper and the fabric. Before I can decide I will do a lot of stitching and will shrink it so there is texture.
I have a book of 1930s-era art deco style cosmetics and soap labels and I will use that era as inspiration for my January piece. I went with a literal seasonal mood in the colors for the background. It doesn't really show in the scan very well, but there are metallics infused in the background.