I have never been to Mardi Gras but I have been to New Orleans. I love it there. We went last summer while vacationing in the South and New Orleans left an impression on us. The French Quarter is fun and exciting and all that you have ever heard. I can't imagine that I'll ever make it to Mardi Gras, the crowds are more than I think I could handle at this point in my life, but I can see its appeal. We visited the New Orleans museum while there and wondered through the Mardi Gras exhibit. It is wonderful. The history of the tradition, the costumes and floats on display are just incredible.
I have been feeling homesick for the South and for New Orleans in general so I was quite happy when I saw that the challenge this week from The Diva was Mardi Gras. I love, love, love her tile. It is quite beautiful and you should click the link to see it if for no other reason.
I did two tiles this time. One on white watercolor paper and one on the new black tiles. I got some for Christmas this year and have been saving them. As the colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold, I used those colors to the fullest. I also used some bonus sparkle to bring out the party in the tiles.
I think this was a fun challenge. I didn't try to over think it as I am wont to do from time to time. I tried to keep them simple so that the beads would take center stage.