Saturday, August 1, 2009

And now. . . for something completely different. . .

OK, this was something totally outside the box for me. Last summer, I took part in a bead challenge at a lovely little bead shop in Zionsville, IN, called Time 2 Bead. Sadly, they have had to close their doors since then. For the challenge, they chose several paintings and put together bead kits based on the colors and textures of the paintings. The idea was to use the beads to interpret the painting. Of course, everyone but me made jewelry. I chose a 1944 Picasso called The Cock of the Liberation. Below is a picture copied from the internet:

This is the bead kit:

First I pencil sketched the painting onto a 3 1/2 x 5 white Claybord. When I was happy with the sketch, I began to go over it with various colors of ink, then "painted in" with the inks. I used dye, chalk, and pigment inks. Sketching the Picasso gave me a much better appreciation of the artist. I always looked at his work as pretty "random", but it is extremely geometric, with lins and curves connecting everywhere.

This is the finished ink painting next to the inkjet printed image. I was so happy with it that I almost hated to start applying beads!

However, it was, after all, a bead challenge, so here are several photos of that process. I painted each area with Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive and applied the beads, in some instances with a pair of tweezers. The only beads that weren't in the kit were various colors of micro beads.

And here, finally, is the finished product. Of course I didn't win, as it would be difficult to wear a 3 1/2 x 5 inch pendant around one's neck. But I was very happy with the result and it was a LOT of fun. All projects were displayed in the store for a month and customers voted for the winner. At the end of the contest, Time 2 Bead held a reception for all the artists who entered.

And yes, the little bird has googly eyes. We are here to have fun, right?
Have a great weekend wherever you are!


  1. This is really cool. SS is having a challenge using beads in your art. if it hasnt already ended you should enter this!
    Great to see you here!!!

  2. That is really cool! I think that would make a great stamping technique, too!
    Welcome to the world of is addictive!

  3. That's awesome, Cathy! You've done a fab job with your new blog!! Hope to see more! ;-)

  4. This is an AWESOME post, Cathy! I LOVE viewing this project in its various stages! It's really instructional! THANKS so much!!

  5. Wow GF, what a challenge, amazing how the innerself appears and creates right alongside us...amazing piece, you have big time patience, and amazing art values. hugz

  6. Cathy, I just checked your blog.Oh to be so talented!!!!Dorothy