April's Bead Journal Project piece. (No, you haven't missed March. I'm still fiddling around with it, but I decided to go ahead with the next one while it waits.) This one uses a polymer clay face from Jen Martin (she's very, very pleasant to deal with—take a look at her things), a hank of variegated matte seed beads bought at Chevron Trading Post a couple of years ago, and some freshwater pearls John gave me (I think they were bought at the gem show in Spruce Pine, but I'm not sure). The cat faces I ordered from somewhere (who knows?), the two light green leaves came from a vendor at We Folk of Cloth ten or twelve years ago, and the other leaves were bought from Gretchen Lima on Ebay (she has gorgeous beads—well worth taking a look at!). I backed it with Sova Enterprises' Bead Backing (because I have some; I want to try Lacy's Stiff Stuff, but I still have three sheets of this left to use up, and it's not bad. It's curved and doesn't seem to want to flatten out, even under a stack of books, but it flattens when it's beaded. It's just sort of irritating to work on until you get enough beads on to weight it down some.), and then with wool felt.
I began with the faces (human and cat), and the hank of beads, and went from there. I wanted a hallucinatory, dreamlike feeling, thus the swirls and windings in the background. Who is Nefer, and who or what are the Tiger Cats? I don't know. I only put the pieces together.