Beaded Curtain Project

I love shiny things! Glitter…tinsel…shiny glass ornaments…crystal and glass beads…stained glass windows…mirrors…diamond-paned windows…Moroccan lanterns…OK…any kind of glass lanterns…I love them all!  Light, bright, airy and happy! I have a general plan for what I’d like to do with our craft room and bringing in more light and sparkle is a must. It’s a dark room on the east side of our house. It only gets light in the early morning hours and while there are 4 windows, one set looks out onto our carport. Right now, it’s dark and the wooden walls and single overhead light are doing nothing to help. I plan to create some Roman shades in light-colored fabric for the windows and hang a beaded curtain over each one. This way, when the shades are up, there will be lots of color and shine…I hope. I’ve also got a small collection of candle lanterns I want to hang up and a lamp set I want to purchase. So far, this is what I’ve got. Thanks to my daughters and my future DiL, I’ve got a total of 21 strands ready to hang.

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— My bunch of bead strands —

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Hearts of Gold Art Challenge

I have two artistic offerings for this challenge. I started the mixed media work yesterday  but it wasn’t complete in time for the challenge. So I also created a digital artwork in Gimp using the fractal tool. I much prefer the mixed media piece to the digital art. I’m just learning how to use the fractal tool, so I’m not even remotely proficient. As such, I guess I should feel better about the end result… Somehow, I just don’t, but I know I’ll improve in time. Which one do you prefer and why? If you feel so inclined, I find comments helpful and encouraging. Thanks in advance!

"Angel Hearts" - mixed media artwork in acrylic paints, fabrics and glass and plastic beads by Melody Kittles - For more info click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use only, or purchase an art print if you like.

“Angel Hearts” – mixed media artwork in acrylic paints, fabrics and glass and plastic beads by Melody Kittles – For more info click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use only, or purchase an art print if you like.

"Hearts of Gold Challenge Plan B" - digital art by Melody Kittles - For more information, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a copy for personal use only. No prints are available for this artwork.

“Hearts of Gold Challenge Plan B” – digital art by Melody Kittles – For more information, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a copy for personal use only. No prints are available for this artwork.

 

Mask Series #7: Inside The Inner Workings

“Inside The Inner Workings” #7 of my mixed media Mask Series is finally complete! I used acrylic paints, flat-backed glass floral marbles, nail enamel paint, antique brass beads, copper wire, silver-tone metal findings, antique brass gears, zinc plated star washers, antique brass toggle clasps, silver-tone beads, antique silver eyelets, black/gold mesh fabric, copper stretch fabric, black with gold hologram dot fabric, black sequin fabric, white iridescent square printed fabric and put the elements together on an 11 x 14 canvas. The mask base is purple lace with hologram dot sequins scattered throughout. It’s embroidered in gold. I wanted to go for a Steampunk feel with this one. I feel like I got close but I’m not entirely certain. However, I’m really pleased with the result. I hope you’ll enjoy the photo! I have to thank John for herding cats so I could sign the artwork and then snap the shot. This piece is for sale. If you are interested, please contact me.

Mixed Media Mask Series #7, "Inside The Inner Workings," is complete!

Mixed Media Mask Series #7, “Inside The Inner Workings,” is complete!

“Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.” ~ John Mason Good

Mixed Media Mask Series #6: Complete!

I’ve been working on this piece for almost a month. It just didn’t come together as easily, or as comfortably as the last two I shared here. There was this idea in my head of what it /needed/ to be…and I couldn’t achieve that with what I had on hand. So my idea needed to be altered. This halted the creative process for me for a little while. I don’t know how anyone else works but when my work doesn’t come together like I want it to, I sort of freeze it for a while…put it on hold. It’s not on purpose. It’s more like my mind just cannot comprehend why in the world I’d want to change a perfectly good idea. I really have to laugh at myself sometimes. It’s better to laugh than cry, right? So that’s when I realized that what I was trying to do was too plain, much too plain indeed. I needed this to look like a party, and not just any party. Mardi Gras in New Orleans! So while it isn’t one of my favorites, I do think I captured the feel of a party in New Orleans.

I used a large white canvas (18 x 18, which is quite large for me) which I painted black. I then painted some streamers and confetti. It wasn’t ‘party’ so much as ‘bon voyage at night’ so I had to amp that up with some paint splatters in brighter colors. I also added a few splatters of the glitter paint to give it a bit of sparkle. I coated the whole painting with Mod Podge to make it shiny and prep it for the vintage Mardi Gras post cards. The post cards I have are indeed vintage (1960s, if I had to make a rough guess) and I had no intention of giving them up. I copied the images onto cardstock and cut the edges with a pair of scrapbooking scissors, creating a reverse scallop. After adding the post cards, I affixed the masks to the piece. The feminine mask is decorated with purple sparkle mesh fabric (a selvedge edge from sequin dot fabric) which I hand-sewed to create a round psuedo-flower. I topped that with an antique gold filligree jewelry finding. The ivory fabric, shot through with pale gold scroll designs shows up very well against the black background. The masculine mask is done in the same fabric. I added some gold mesh fabric over one side and both eyes and affixed a gold braid trim angled over the center of the mask. The last step was to add the beads. I used E-6000 to do this because I needed to believe the beads wouldn’t fall off once the future owner gets the piece home. I figured the best bet was probably E-6000. It’s holding unbelievably well and standing up to a heat test, too. I’m stoked about that. It may not be my favorite piece in the Mask series, but I think it does convey the feel I was hoping to get across. Please enjoy these photos.

"Party Time In New Orleans" ~ Mask Series #6 Mixed Media Artwork by Melody Kittles ~ Photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ This piece is for sale. If you are interested, please send me a message.

“Party Time In New Orleans” ~ Mask Series #6 Mixed Media Artwork by Melody Kittles ~ Photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ This piece is for sale. If you are interested, please send me a message. My husband’s photography is also for sale, so please do click on this photo to check out his work. I know I’m biased but he really does have some excellent photographs that would beautifully adorn any room or style.

Here's a close-up of the masculine mask, showing the gold mesh, the green embroidery, the gold trim and the gold beads.

Here’s a close-up of the masculine mask, showing the gold mesh, the green embroidery, the gold trim and the gold beads.

Here's a close-up of the feminine mask, showing the purple sparkle mesh flower, the filigree jewelry finding, and the purple bead. You can also see more of the scroll pattern on the mask. This one is embroidered in pale gold.

Here’s a close-up of the feminine mask, showing the purple sparkle mesh flower, the filigree jewelry finding, and the purple bead. You can also see more of the scroll pattern on the mask. This one is embroidered in pale gold.

Thanks for stopping by today. I really enjoy making these. I’ve got two new canvases to create on and I bought some small burlap ‘canvases’ to play with. We’ll see what we will see!

Today’s quote has only a small tie-in to the pictures above. There /is/ singing during Mardi Gras. I’m sure of it. Because we don’t have parties in Louisiana without music. Could one have a real party without music?

Singing is like a celebration of oxygen.” ~ Bjork