This is a greyhound I sent to my partner for the Day of the Dead swap. I became fascinated with the Huichol yarn paintings and bead paintings when I was doing my research and decided I was going to do something like that for this swap. I asked my partner which animal was her "totem" animal and she responded with greyhounds and swans. So I decided to do a greyhound. I ordered some pony beads and bought some aluminum foil and masking tape. I started out but building up my shape with aluminum foil and then covering it with masking tape.
I used some felt for extra details and then I covered the whole thing in my purple craft paper.
I then started to put beads on trying to follow similar patterns as some of the reference images I had but mostly I went with the contours of the greyhound. ( I then picked it up and started to realize how heavy this was actually going to end up being ... oy!)
I stained a wooden plaque and stuck the greyhound on and voila!
The only thing I realized as I was doing it was that the pony beads were so big that they kind of detracted from it.. I think a bead half that size would have probably been more true to the huichol thing but I did what I could with what I could get !
Anyways it was a lot of fun!