|Italian paper beads on Etsy
|desk in our converted garage
|AlphabeThursday - C is for Cat
Another project I'm in the middle of is making paper beads. This is something I'm always doing; cutting, rolling, coating, photographing, or posting to my Etsy shop. Below (left) is where I cut my paper, on a thick piece of glass. I used to have DH cut my paper, but I’ve learned how to handle a utility knife on my own. On the right (below) are some rolled beads. I place them on toothpicks in syrofoam, and spray them out on our porch - never in the house. The smell is just too strong. And it’s not healthy, for us or the pups!
On the 15th, I started my mandala class given by Guadalupe, an artist from Buenos Aires (she accepts donations). I just love mandalas and was so excited to learn some of her techniques. First thing was to clear off my work table (in the living room). Then add intersecting lines to the template (below, on the right) she gave us. Next step: color. Guadalupe uses watercolor pencils, but I used markers. You see, my printer won’t accept thick watercolor paper. It's just too old and perspicuity. This week she's teaching us how to draw our own templates. Problem solved!
|drawing mandalas with Guadalupe on willowing.ning.com
There are other things I'm looking forward to doing, like getting my sewing machine running and making more cards. And I'm wanting to make some foam stamps, something that Moira Richardson taught us in my art journaling class, Falling for You. So many projects to try, so much to do!
You can find the storybeader all over the internet:
my Etsy shop
Phew! Hope you enjoyed the tour!