Someplace between July and August I realized that I needed to be able to make my own faces for these. Typically I don't work with faces on my pieces ( prefer the abstract effect of facelessness), but part of the challenge here is to learn to work in a different voice.
Having looked up a lot of methods, I got some fimo and made molds of everything I could find that was near the right size. This gave me lots of face-shapes to work with - its fascinating to see how each tiny change shapes the expression and personality! The molded blanks are a quick way to start with everything in the right place, and its not as annoying when they get messed up, since I can just mush the clay back into the mold.
Now I look at people everywhere and eventually I'm afraid that someone will call the police to take away this crazy, staring lady! *giggle*
Also, its been pointed out to me that I should explain something about the journaling aspect of these as I go, so...
August is silver, for my 25th wedding anniversary, and midnight blue for the incredible southern California nights on the trip we took together to celebrate. We went to a computer-gaming convention, in a huge dark hall filled with techie-type light displays, so I gave her neon light-strips and rows of button-stars, 11 of them, for the date of our wedding. The dragonfly is my personal totem. Her expression is of peaceful zen-like internalization, partly to remind me how demanding it was to cope with the physical exertion of the convention and partly for the lovely sense of community and shared obsession among the gamers there.