Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Work in Progress: Beadwork Potpourri

My tentative steps back into my normal beading routine have begun, and I have actually had some time to sit down with beads over the past couple of days. I decided it was time to just pick a project and go with it, then took some time to decide what I really, really wanted to do. For a while, I plan to just make things that I want to, and avoid anything that feels obligatory (though that doesn’t rule out a tutorial or two!).

Two Necklaces and a Bracelet in Progress

I finally decided to do something with stripes, and to just go ahead and use some of my favorite colors without worrying about quantities. This new project is all about fun. So far I’ve got the beginnings of a nice herringbone rope. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to add additional colors or just stick with the olive green.

To help keep things interesting, I’m also chipping away at unfinished projects, rather than dedicating all of my time to a single piece. Changing things up a bit may take away from the progression of each project, but I still feel a sense of accomplishment with each new stitch. Although I can’t say that I’m dead excited to sit down, it does feel familiar to be beading again, and there is comfort to be had in that.

Bob Ross Inspired Paintings

Part of my newfound motivation is thanks to finally getting another creative project out of my system. My bead helper and I did some paintings this week that turned out pretty great. We’re planning to do more as soon as we get the chance, and to experiment with techniques and themes. The joy of making something is definitely helping to bring back my need to bead.

What are you working on right now?


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  1. I know what you mean by obligatory, that's why I don't/can't do commissions, lol. Very nice artwork from you and your helper :)

    I actually used your tutorial on spiral rope yesterday! Been wanting to do one but never had the confidence before. Your instructions are always easy to follow, thank you!

  2. Wow Mortira, you're really talented at painting! I could never imagine to accomplish something like the two paintings you posted above. Congratulations! I also think it is a good idea to just do the beading you want to. Isn't that how we all started?


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