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.

not a bead in sight
Black and white image, before adding colour. See below!
not a bead in sight
8 1/2″ x 11″ – Watercolour paint
Distressed watercolour paper. I think that I stepped on it!! 3″ x 4 1/2″. Watercolour pencils.
not a bead in sight
2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ – Mixed Media paper – Watercolour paint
not a bead in sight
2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ – Mixed Media paper – Watercolour paint

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!

not a bead in sight
4″ x 4″ – Mixed Media paper – Metallic watercolour paint + watercolor pencils

Over at the Stitch Meditation Facebook group, I put up a challenge to the members. They were supposed to put some fabric scraps in a bag, then pull them out without looking, arrange, and re-arrange, then hand stitch them down to a background. 4″ x 4″ was the suggested size, but I left it all up to them. Everyone is having so much fun!!

I was the first one to post a photo! The butterfly was a fortunate pick, because it pulled the whole piece together. But, not a bead in sight! My new plan is to throw decorative paper into the bag next, then do a mixed media piece, containing both paper, and fibre. Perhaps I should also include a random selection of beads, and other stuff! Members are having fun, even though many are way outside of their comfort zone. The unknown is scary!!

This stick is just a prop! 4″ x 4″

Would you be interested in a brown paper bag, bead challenge? If so, I could work up some guidelines.

A resin mold, that Dwyn had been playing around with (no, we don’t carry it, but she found it somewhere on the internet), called out to me, and I just had to make one myself. Oh, I’m not keeping it, but I did want to try out a few ideas. The Phoenix is quite large, and it wanted to be true to its fiery image. So, I took some red, and gold MetalFX powders, then brushed a layer on the bottom of the mold.

Next, I mixed up the resin, then separated it into three separate cups. I added drops of Alcohol Inks, in Pepper Red, Butterscotch, and Lemonade. Then I poured the red at the top, butterscotch next, then lemonade at the bottom. I love it! The mold has a matte finish, instead of shiny, but the effect is pretty cool. I gave the Phoenix to Dwyn, then challenged her to do something with it. Let’s see what she comes up with! I’m voting for bead embroidery, but it’s all up to her!!

Marg (the boss) visited a friend, who has a cottage on Lake Erie.  Well, I don’t know what they plotted, but I ended up with these lovely items, plus some black walnuts.

I will make walnut ink, and at least one Talisman necklace.

My head is clear, and I have at least two ideas, for new collections. Life is good!

I said not a bead in sight, but I work at BeadFX, surrounded by beads, so it won’t last very long! My freeform peyote piece is waiting, and I want to get back to it soon.

Keep safe, social distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands!

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