Start a Conversation – with your beads!

If you start a conversation with your beads, you need to make sure that you’re listening. Okay, it doesn’t need to just be beads, but for the sake of BeadFX, I do need to put some emphasis on it. Let’s start with my latest BeadFX Inspiration. I pulled the beads fairly quickly, but when I actually started working with them, found that I didn’t buy everything I needed. So, back to the store, start beading, then return to store, for more stuff. LOL! I’m getting dizzy from all the back-and-forth nonsense. I let my muse have her head (as usual), …

March 2021 Bead Mat Update: Renewing my energy!

My March 2021 Bead Mat Update is another study in contrasts. But it’s spring, so that’s all about renewal. People are wearing everything from shorts, to down parkas. LOL! Locals wear the shorts! I finished my beaded orb, so that’s first on my March 2021 bead mat update! Yeah!! Remind me not to juggle so many projects! My free form peyote ‘Dancing’ piece is in play again. It’s about time! On the bookmaking front, two versions of a wee, Origami Pocket book. Both will fit either a 2″ x 2″ ‘Twinchie’, or a very small book. My latest 100 Day …

Colouring Outside of the Lines – Just because I can!

Colouring outside of the lines is just something that I do! I’ve been doing this for years, so I’m not about to stop now! What does colouring outside of the lines mean for me? I allow myself to work on multiple projects, but I do not restrict myself to any materials, or techniques. That’s what it means! My beaded orb is almost finished. What will I do with it, how will I display it, and was it worth it? I don’t have all of the answers, but it was an interesting, exercise. Any day that I can play with beads, …

What are you waiting for? Dream on!

What are you waiting for? Dreams are cheap, but not impossible! But, what about the elephant in the room? It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Not a drop of Irish in my veins (not even whisky), but on this day, everyone is Irish!! With the exception of landscapes, you won’t find a lot of green in my work. However, I pulled out a couple of earlier Bead Journal Project pieces (2007/2008). My first introduction to both intuitive bead embroidery, and visual journaling. I haven’t looked back since! A small bead embroidered brooch, with my hand-painted focal. Sure, and begorrah it has some …

Blending Old and New!

The act of blending old and new, isn’t really new for me. But, like everything else, it comes in stages. I’m in a creative phase right now, but I wonder how long I can keep it up. Do I have limits? Will I be up to the challenge? Only time will tell, but I promise to do my best. Blending old and new, is just one way of looking at things. But what that means to me, is that I’ve given myself permission to combine old techniques, new techniques, stash, components, and/or projects, into new 2021 art! It’s a fun …

Have a Heart – Give creativity a chance!

Have a heart, because believe me, this post is not all about flowers and candy! I won’t regale you with sappy stories, because creativity is my true love! Do you believe me? If not, you should! Let’s start with one of the oldest hearts in my stash! Made years ago, for no particular reason, except that I loved everything about it! My bead embroidered heart doll! Not tall, not elegant, but certainly delivers the have a heart feeling. A heart from my Bead Journal Project “Leaf” series. Yes, believe it or not, this is the shape of a real leaf. …

Woodn’t it be Lovely?

Woodn’t it be lovely, to be able to apply a multitude of beading, and mixed media techniques, to a beautiful piece of wood? Plus, I’m using a renewable supply, so that’s an added bonus! I’ve been making Natural Art Brushes this week, out of driftwood, and fallen branches. I am fascinated by Leslie Rottner Art’s brushes! I spotted them on Instagram, a while back, and have been waiting for her to develop a workshop, When she did, I signed up! Now I see them everywhere I look! Is it synchronicity? Do all artist’s share the same mind? It’s definitely a …

Turning up the Heat on your Creativity!

Are you turning up the heat on your creativity? It’s a difficult time, but there’s absolutely nothing else we can do about it, so we might as well focus on art. Plus, Christmas is coming, and mail is slow! I told Dwyn that I wanted to do a blog post about Lampwork beads, so she brought me in a fairly hefty bag of them!!! The first two are rather safe, but I intend to change that shortly You can find lampwork bead findings here. I will show my small, personal collection of lampwork beads, in a future post. I’m turning …

October 2020 Bead Mat Update: Everything’s coming up batty!

My October 2020 bead mat update reflects a rather batty time of year for me.  I’m not really following any particular path, but the road to creativity does drive some of my choices. The article I told you about earlier, has been put to bed, so I have more time to work on extra projects. Okay, I finished the review on the weekend, but now I’m looking forward to a nice stretch of creative action. I’ll let you know more about the article, when I can. These partially filled (with Ice Resin), open-backed bezels, were originally shown in last week’s …

Blowing Away the Cobwebs!

Blowing away the cobwebs, is something that I had to do this weekend. My mind told me enough, so I needed to relax, kick back, then straighten out my thoughts. First, I paid attention to my priorities, then I had to decide what I was going to do with my weekend time. I must confess that I wasted one whole day (Saturday), but was it really a waste? Or, did my body just tell me that it was necessary? I think so, because my day involved snacking, napping, reading, then a bit of TV. Boring, but it did help to …