Playing with Possibilities!

Playing with possibilities, is my favourite way of working, but is it the only way? I don’t care, because I think that it’s fun! The secret to creativity, is a combination of both play, and hard work. It’s no secret that I like to play, and I’m not afraid of hard work! So, here’s how I’ve been playing with possibilities this week. My Free Form Peyote “Dancing” piece, is thoughtful, absorbing, addicting, flexible, never ending, feels good in my hands, but also carries a message. It’s my visual journal of our life, during this pandemic. It illustrates many of the …

September 2020 Bead Mat Update: Recharging my creativity!

My September 2020 Bead Mat Update, signals a recharge in creativity for me. But not only that, I picked up my needle again, and started working on a couple of stalled projects. Sigh! You’ve seen both of these free-form projects in earlier blog posts, but only one is finished. My quartz crystal’s purpose is to sit pretty, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worthwhile, does it? It kept my hands busy, for many hours of watching summer re-runs, and sappy Hallmark movies! There’s only so much I can take!! My free-form pandemic project, has been on the shelf for …

What’s she up to now?

What’s she up to now, you say? Nonsense of course, but not all beading related. I’m writing a couple of articles, but it’s consuming a lot of my energy. My deadline is looming, so I really do need to get the lead out! My beading adventures continue, with my freeform peyote, quartz piece. I’m still working on it, but hope to have it finished soon. I made another mask chain! A butterfly, a heart, and 6/0 seed beads. Simple stringing, but geared toward something a little girl would like. I converted my Talisman pendant, to a mask holder, but only …

August 2020 Bead Mat Update: Welcome to my world!

It’s time for my August 2020 bead mat update! But what’s all that about my world? I’m a crazy, intuitive, right brained (but left when I need to) artist! But I wasn’t always comfortable with the term. I only started calling myself that, when other artists told me that my work had a unique voice, then they began to call me by that moniker. But really, I’m just a mixed-up media girl, addicted to techniques, then creating whatever my muse tells me to make! Do you believe that it’s almost the end of August? Where did the summer go? It’s …

Not a Bead in Sight!

Not a bead in sight, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still love them! All it means is that I’ve been otherwise occupied, as you’ll see below. A friend of mine, introduced me to Neurographic Line Drawings (here’s the video I followed), and I’m obsessed with the process! It’s addicting! I will let the drawings speak for themselves, but will refine the process over time. Who would have thought, that I’d actually find a bug in my drawing? It crawled right out, then begged for glitz, and attention!! LOL! Over at the Stitch Meditation Facebook group, I put up …

The Search for Perfection: Is it even a possibility?

The search for perfection, is something that stops you from truly enjoying everything you do. Do you agree with me? I was programmed to search for perfection at a very early age? Were you? It’s definitely stressful, I generally ignored it, then went my own merry way! I love free motion machine embroidery, so decided to include it on my “Remnants” scroll (my Stitch Meditation, pandemic project). It’s quite addictive, but that’s no reason not to use it. Here’s my very old (possibly my grandmother’s), hardwood, machine embroidery hoop, that I forgot to use! Oops! In the centre is a …

Anatomy of a Project – Let the reader beware!

Anatomy of a project, is what I’ve decided to name this blogpost. Why, because it’s a catchy title, but also because it’s something to think about! I get easily bored, so my solution is to work in series. Oh, my series aren’t all the same, but they do have similar elements. They might be restricted by size, but then again, perhaps defined simply by shapes, themes, or colour. I’ve been working in series since around 2007, when I first joined the Bead Journal Project. The pieces were both size, shape, and time based, but also over-the-top, on my personal bead …

June 2020 Bead Mat Update: Beads, stones, and fibre!

June 2020 bead mat update, is a mix of many things, but all of them are colourful! When I think June, it’s the end of school, and the beginning of summer, but that’s gone all wacky on us this year. Summer started early, with a series of hot spells, yet no school days, except the home school variety. It’s definitely a different start to the vacation season. Speaking of vacations, the cottagers will still be heading north (or wherever), and the rest of us will probably be vacationing in place. Sigh! Speaking of hot spells, I’m still waiting for my …

All About Nothing: But bits about something!

All about nothing is good, when you have absolutely no inspiration, to help develop your blog post. But why, you say? Who really knows? This is going to be another of those streams of consciousness blog posts, and really, all about nothing, but I guess that’s better than not writing at all. My mind has been busy in other areas, with no room for real inspiration. But I’m actually chomping at the bit, because I know my creativity is hiding in there, somewhere! Let’s start with mask making! We are spiffing up the store, and making some necessary changes to …

What is Artistic Fear? Plus other ramblings!

Artistic fear is just like any other fear, but it’s still a paralysing emotion, that can cause a ripple effect in your life. Let’s start with the definition of fear, but I don’t intend to leave it at that, because fear is not always a bad thing. Definition of fear: “An unpleasant emotion, caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. If you are an artist, then you have definitely experienced artistic fear in your life! It’s that blank page, or canvas syndrome, fear of opening tubes of beads, or even …