Quick D.I.Y. – Beaded Bracelet

A round-beaded bracelet, consisting a pattern of two bone beads; followed by an alternating pattern of one small wooden bead and one larger amber bead; and finished off with two more bone beads. the ends of the brcelet are secured with a double fisherman's knot on each end, while a third double fisherman's knot serves as the cord's drawstring. The ends of the drawstring are terminated with a figure-8 knot, followed by a green glass bead, a tiny wooden bead, and a double fisherman's knot.

I’m trying a new strategy this year, where I begin writing about my projects as soon as I’m doing them; to warm up, am posting some quick and simple projects to build back a habit. This post is about my new obsession with beadwork.

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Happy holidays!

I thought I’d share some mini canvas paintings I did for the holidays:

Nine gouache-acryl paintings depicting a simplified burnt bird, in various holiday-themed scenes.

Each canvas was painted with Turner acryl-gouache paint, which dries relatively quick compared to my regular acrylics. Lately I’ve been using this paint set more often for its “rose” colour – I find it easier to use to mix more vibrant purples and pinks.

This time around I was focusing on adding texture to background elements – as you can see, some turned out better than others. Overall, it was a nice speed paint session to get me motivated to make more art next year.

Here are the close-ups:

A gouache-acryl painting depicting a burnt bird in a hat and looking at a Christmas tree and is beside a blue and white present.
A gouache-acryl painting depicting a burnt bird in a sweater and is about to carve a ham.
A gouache-acryl painting depicting a burnt bird in a hat and is in the middle of a snowball fight.
A gouache-acryl painting depicting a burnt bird in a pair of earmuffs and looking through a window of a bakery shop. It is carrying two shopping bags.
A gouache-acryl painting depicting a burnt bird in a scarf and sliding down the hill in a toboggan.
A gouache-acryl painting depicting a burnt bird in a helmet and is playing hockey in an ice rink.
A gouache-acryl painting depicting a burnt bird roasting a sausage by the fireplace.
A gouache-acryl painting depicting a burnt bird in a mug of hot chocolate.
A gouache-acryl painting depicting a burnt bird on a tray of baked chocolate chip cookies, implying it was also in the oven.

Here are the sketch mock-ups:

Marker versions of the gouache-acryl paintings, which were used to plan out the pictures before painting.
Nine mini canvases with sketches of the painted scenes on them.