1/28/12

Beads

Paper Beads 
My latest obsession. 
For some reason I am really into paper beads right now.  I am not very good at getting a nice tight roll, or keeping it centered and even.  I'll either get better with practice, or move on to something else when I get sick of these.  Either way, I'm just having fun  -  I'm not going into the paper bead business.  In fact, I may never even string them  -  I love the way they look in this little white bowl.

The paper I used is book binding paper, scrap paper, and magazine pages.  It needs to be thin enough to roll, but thick enough to make a substantial bead.

Now if I can tear myself away from all the pretty paper, I need to get creative with some promotional material.  That sounds like it might be a little too taxing on the brain for a weekend, doesn't it?

Are you creating something this weekend?

14 comments:

Cynthia Schelzig said...

gorgeous beads...I made a bunch once...strung em all too. thanks for reminding me to make some again ,,they look lovely in the white bowl...happy weekend to you.

Catherine said...

Thanks Cynthia - and happy weekend to you too.

laurie said...

I think I would stick with the beasd, so much fun!
Iremember making these with my Girl Guides when I was a guide leader, we were taught by a woman visitng from Africa,, thanks for sharing,, I think I'll try doing this again,

Claire M said...

Sounds like a fun idea. Very colorful!!

Catherine said...

You're right Lauri - I did stick with the beads. Now I have to get with it and get some real work done, but I work better under pressure and the beads were fun!

Claire - I think that's what is so compelling - the color.

Marjorie said...

Love these! Can't wait to see what you do with them!

Catherine said...

Thanks Marjorie - I'm going to look around and see what other beads I may find, or make, to string with them. I'll keep you posted.

Marj said...

Love these beads! I am assuming that you also have paste/glue wrapped with the paper. So colorful!
My Granddau. Laura (Artist) talked me into submitting a recipe illus. If you have time, check out my blog. Too fun!

Catherine said...

Marj - so things won't get too guncky, I just dab elmers on about the last two inches.

I just visited your blog and the site of They Draw and Cook. What a great illustration. Congratulations!

Diana said...

Catherine, these are beautiful... I enjoy your blog so much,love,Diana

gerri michaels said...

Yours was the first book I bought when I began taking watercolor classes just a few months ago. I am so enamored with your work and Petosky, that we are planning a trip to MI in May! Can't wait.

Catherine said...

Gerri - thank you! How nice of you to say that. It is nice here in May - still pretty quiet because the summer people and tourists haven't arrived yet.

Helen Sturgeon said...

Hi Catherine! I've been lost somewhere in left brain mode since Christmas and have not checked in.. love your beads. They look like such fun! The colors are very happy in the white bowl. I've not picked up a paintbrush in too long... I need a jumpstart!! Check this out.. I think is describes me! How about you??
http://getmotivation.com/articlelib/articles/barbara_sher_scanner.html

Catherine said...

Helen - left brain mode! Oh no - get out of there! I like the beads so much in the white bowl, I may never string them.

Thanks for the link - it looks very interesting and I am anxious to really read it. So far I have just glanced over it, but I could say YES, it describes me!