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 still hanging around in Toronto, so I’m hoping for a late fall.

With Toronto opening up to Stage 3, my pandemic projects seem to be on hold. The panic is no longer there, and I’m exploring a little more. My scroll is still waiting for that first brush of paint, but I’m finally getting back into the swing of things, with my “Dancing” piece.

august 2020 bead mat update
Look at all the different paths that we’re all following!

Who the heck made that mess on my bead mat? This is the freeform result, of working on a freeform piece. I have absolutely no control, but I promise that I will not be sorting out those beads!!!

Mask chains (or leashes, as Dwyn calls them), are all the rage right now! So, I thought that I would make a few! Two, are on the short list for BeadFX “Inspiration” projects, but I just need to write the instructions. I’m currently testing a couple for wear ability! My suggestion is going lighter, rather than heavier, so think sizes 8, or 6 seedbeads, semi-precious gemstone chain, glass pearls, Firepolish, etc. Stringing is an easy way to go, but the gemstone chain, is even easier!

august 2020 bead mat update
august 2020 bead mat update
august 2020 bead mat update
august 2020 bead mat update
So many choices! My own personal bead mix!!

My ideas are flowing, so watch this space for more prototypes!  The possibilities are endless, the techniques simple, and the supplies range in prices, but I do love a challenge!

That’s it for the jewelry part of my August 2020 bead mat update, but here’s my latest 4´x 4”, born out my #brownpaperbagchallenge, over at the Stitch Meditation group. In this challenge, you choose the background, pull random pieces of fabric, out of the bag, without looking, then stitch everything to your background. No peeking, and you must use everything that you pull out! However, it’s amazing how most of these (I’m referring to the ones on the group) are turning out! I’m not sure how many I will make, but I might make a little fabric book out of them.

I’ve been playing around with Cyanotype printing, and I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. In my case, it’s actually a process called Wet Cyanotype, where I mess around with water, some additives, and long exposure times. I’m not just getting the Prussian Blues! Didn’t I tell you that I love blue? When you mix all of this up, with our strong August sun, many of them are taking a greenish, or teal turn, but that’s okay with me! I love everything about them, especially the unpredictability. With my love of experimentation, how could I possibly go wrong?

Leftover thread bits!

My August 2020 bead mat update is over, but I’m still playing around, and experimenting! I wouldn’t have it any other way! What have you been up to?

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

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