Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Crafting With Liz

I just finished these two projects today to accompany the Gift of Love article I wrote for Simply Beads. The article, which is scheduled to appear in the December 2008 issue, focuses on making beaded gifts for special gift-giving occasions.

When decorating the birdhouse ornament, I set out to design it with a shabby chic theme. I painted the wood with a coat of titanium white. For the second coat, I dry brushed a mixture of titanium white and burnt umber. I used this mixture sparingly to create a natural, rustic look. I used Folk Art acrylic paints by Plaid.

If you look closely, you'll see how I used dark-colored craft wire to make wire flowers, which are neatly wired around one of the twigs that I collected from the yard. Then using the less-is-best design strategy, I glued turquoise beads sparingly on this piece. I'm very happy with the results.

The other project is called a basket of cheer. I created beaded wire picks to hold gift cards or lottery tickets. Find out more about how to make the beaded wire picks by picking up a copy of the December 2008 issue of Simply Beads.

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