Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My latest passion...!!!!

I have been in a bead craze for about a week now. I have been enjoying Alisa Burke's book Canvas Remix and she make some really cool beads with canvas. I have had a little bead kit for children by Alex toys for quite some time now to use with Jane Lowry, my grand neice, but have never gotten around to it. Inside this kit is a wonderful tool that helps you roll the beads so about one bead in...I was hooked!


Above are some of the paper beads from the kit. They were just ok but it made a cute bracelet. Of course I have added other beads with some silver and glass beads.

Here is a necklace with some canvas beads made with some painted Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas.

And here is the whole yummy bunch!! And below...

are my favorites..Scripture beads!! These are made from an old torn up Bible with the pages falling out and yellowed. I painted the pages lightly so you could still see the Scripture and rolled them up. It made a really cute bracelet.

Here is a necklace. I think in the OT somewhere it talks about tying the Word around your neck..or something like that. I need to look that up.

And last but not least, here are some Psalm 91 beads, the Psalm of God's protection, printed on Sticky back canvas, painted and rolled up into a bead. I haven't made a necklace or bracelet yet with the canvas Scripture beads yet because I just stopped long enough from making them to blog. It's fun, and mindless and immediate gratification. I strung them with a stretchy cord.
I might put some in the cobwebbed (and probably haunted) Etsy shop and see what happens. I need to wear them around a while just to see if they hold up. I think I might need to seal them a bit just so they won't be too fragile. So that's my passion du jour! I am putting off drawing that Suzi profile!








26 comments:

Mary said...

aaaaaaaaaaaa!! I'm jumping up and down!!!!! I love, love, love them!
And what a brilliant idea to make scripture beads!

That sticky canvas, do you have to order it?????

Too cool Marthy!!!!!!

linda said...

Wow! BEautiful beads...I also love Alisa's artwork, so creative and seemingly simple-accessible for all of us to do. Looks like lots of fun!

Janie Husband said...

Martha, I am sitting here with the biggest smile on my face...the reason for it being that I have a box full of similiar beads that i just pulled out of a drawer where they were stashed...I took a class from Sherrill Kahn aboout 5 yrs ago and i made these..I will have to post a picture on my blog just for you to see....

your beads are fantasic and i love the idea of the sticky back canvas......

Pat said...

More inspiration! I love your use of the sticky back canvas. Yet another thing gathering dust in my studio...great idea to add words and paint! You also inspired me to take Suzi' class. I love the SHowtime series of the Tudors and think they will be great inspiration. I see what you mean about the profiles, but I am going to give it the old college try....Now if only I can get inspired to blog everyday 8-) Oh and thanks for your comment on my watercolor flowers!

jgr said...

Martha, these are supercool! I love them all.

Diane said...

I love these--I made them once, and you're right--they're addictive. Love those scripture beads--the possibilities are endless. A.Idol check in--they're getting better, but TWO have to go--it's going to be tough!

Lisa said...

I make paper beads sometimes but yours are absolutely gorgeous. I keep meaning to get some of Claudine's sticky back canvas. I posted a link to here from my facebook. Hope you don't mind. :)

Buffy said...

I'm loving all of them,but the scripture beads are my favorite.I love how they are lightly painted. Beautiful.

CelticWoman said...

I'm with you beads are wonderful, and your scripture beads are awesome. Hugs

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous Martha- can't make just one can you????!!!!! Like eating chips or chocolates only NO CALORIES!!!!!! I seal my beads collaged fabric/paper with matte medium or Triple Thick varnish. You can get the triple Thick at Micheal's in the paint section. I string my beads on a wire that I stretch between two wine bottles and paint the varnish on iwth a regular paint brush. Clean up with water and let the beads sit for 24 after the last coat before piling them anywhere as they are tacky for a bit. when done they look like glass!!!!!
I have just made three, three strand necklaces with my beads.
Now the question is, can you stop!!!!! LOL!!!
Hugs!

lori vliegen said...

LOVE them all.....and those Scripture beads are especially heavenly......xox, :))

Sandy..... said...

Oh Martha.... These are lovely! If you put them on your haunted Etsy... I would totally buy the scripture beads!

By the way....Proverbs 6:21 "Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them about thy neck."

sarah said...

martha you are amazing! star and i are so doing this project asap! you know how she loves you! (:

Renee Troy said...

What fun Martha...it's a nice break from working on a canvas or journal I bet...enjoy!

Poetic Artist said...

These are so wonderful. I love the scripture beads..They would be just beautiful in a bowl sitting around. Oh man now I want to make some..Sticky canvas?

PaperPumpkin said...

All this big news, Martha! Sticky canvas! Scripture beads! Wow!

Createology said...

When you tackly something you really go for it and what a great job you have done with these. Very fun, festive and pretty. Happy bead creating...

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

I love your latest craze!!! it's terrific...

and you sound like you're really having fun with it all!

great work! I'll have to check out your cobweb etsy shop...but not tonight...i'm off to bed!!

keep up the bead work...and I love that it's bible text...somehow keeping God's words near our hearts just became literal..

ciao bella
creative carmelina....

Jane Farr said...

Love the scripture bead bracelets Martha! Did you list them in your shop?

Herm said...

These are beautiful and colorful beads, glad to find out about the sticky back canvas.

beedeebabee♥ said...

Wow Martha, you've been a busy girl! I love them! I used to make similar paper beads out of torn magazine strips, but they were nothing next to yours...beautiful! xoxo

Kelly Warren said...

these are wonderful Martha! I particularly like the scripture beads...love the words popping through on there. they do look like they would be addicting.

Fannie said...

I enjoy making beads, too. Yours are colorfully wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Wow! I love the scripture beads! How very creative.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

these are wonderful! i love how you make the verse "bind them on your wrist" a reality.

Marti Schrock said...

I just took a class at my recycling center on magazine & wallpaper beads. Your beads are beautiful! I am eager to make more, although I am unsure of my jewelry making skills.

Just found your blog & have truly enjoying it.

I am also Martha but go by Marti.

Marti Schrock
Franklin, Indiana

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