Mosaic Monday – Leo

This week’s bead mosaic is Leo. Happy Birthday Leos!

Leo is represented by Fire, Orange, and Gold.

This mosaic ended up, surprisingly, being one of the most challenging Zodiac mosaics to make. The beads were uncooperative as they kept sliding around the box, and I struggled to come up with initial design. In the end, I ended up delighted by the finished design.

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The 5 inch by 3 inch by 3/4 inch wood tray was painted with orange acrylic paint. It features assorted glass beads, assorted acrylic beads, metal charms, and a metal Leo charm. The finished box was sealed with a gloss acrylic sealant.

https://www.patchworkchickenstudio.com/products/bead-mosaic-leo

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Mosaic Monday – Gold Seahorse

This mosaic started with a poll over at Patchwork Chicken Studio‘s Facebook page asking which creature should be the subject of my next mosaic. The seahorse won. I decided to documented the steps of the process for this one though I almost forgot.

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The seahorse is laser cut chipboard. It came from a collection of sea-themed designs I unearthed at my local craft store. I painted it with bright gold acrylic ink. It took two coats as chipboard accepts the ink different than wood or paper would.

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While the seahorse’s paint cured, I stained the mosaic’s wood tray with a turquoise acrylic ink. I used the ink as a stain to give the tray a distressed weather/water worn appearance.

After the tray was dry, I edged the base in beads of the primary palette – “water”. Once the edges were dry, I traced out a coral design onto the bottom. Rainbow glass beads were used for the coral.

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After the coral was dry, I applied my custom mix of glass seed beads to create the water. The mix consists of seeds beads in 14 different shades & styles of blue, green, and turquoise. Some are translucent, some opaque, some with cores of other colors, etc. to give depth and dimension to the “water”.

Real mini seashells were placed along the bottom edge while the water was being placed. The seashells are difficult to work with because their proportions and angles so they cannot be placed before the beads surrounding them go in. Everything must be done together which leads to the seashells sliding all over the place until they are forced into place by the other beads.

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After the water and seashells were secure and dry, they received a coat of varnish. While the varnish was still wet, the gold seahorse was placed on top. I felt the seahorse needed something more so I added a flat back resin gem for its eye. The seahorse received a coat of varnish to seal it and fully attach it to the rest of the mosaic. Normally, a large design element like this would be placed first then the rest of the design and beads go around it but it was placed on top because of the cut outs in the design. I wanted the water and coral to peek through.

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The mosaic was allowed to dry for a week before receiving its hanger.

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Once the hanger was applied, the mosaic was taken outside to get its final varnish coat. It takes about two weeks for the final varnish to fully cure which means the scent is gone from it. Once it is applied and cured, it leaves a nice, sturdy, and glossy finish.

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The final product can be found at https://www.patchworkchickenstudio.com/collections/bead-mosaics.

Which creature should I feature next? The scorpion? The Elephant? The Moose? The Owl? Some other creature?

Mosaic Monday – Gemini

This week’s bead mosaic is Gemini. Happy Birthday Gemini! One of my closest friends is a Gemini, and I suspect she is probably disappointed that there is no pink in this mosaic as it is her favorite color. Alas, Gemini is represented by Air, the color yellow, and Quicksilver.

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The 5 inch by 3 inch by 3/4 inch wood tray was painted with yellow acrylic paint. It features assorted glass beads, citrine gemstones, metal beads, an acrylic bumblebee button, and a metal Gemini charm. The finished box was sealed with a gloss acrylic sealant.

https://www.patchworkchickenstudio.com/collections/bead-mosaics/products/bead-mosaic-gemini

Mosaic Monday – Wanderlust

This week’s bead mosaic is Wanderlust. It came into being after I found a duo of very adorable compass charms. I thought one of them would look great with the shell flowers I had previously acquired. A few days later, I unearthed the wanderlust text charm in a bin at my local arts & craft store. The design was set and in the works that day. The other compass hasn’t found a home in a mosaic just yet but there’s always a possibility in the future.

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The 5 inch by 3 inch by 3/4 inch wood box was painted with turquoise blue acrylic ink. It features a metal Wanderlust charm, a compass charm, and shell flowers & beads within assorted glass seed beads. The finished box was sealed with a gloss acrylic sealant. There is a metal hanger on the back so it can be hung on a wall.

Wanderlust is available for purchase at https://www.patchworkchickenstudio.com/ products/bead-mosaic-wanderlust

Mosaic Monday – Taurus

This week’s bead mosaic is Taurus. Happy Birthday Taurus! Taurus is represented by Earth, Copper and the color green.

Taurus: Green, Copper, and Earth

The 5 inch by 3 inch by 3/4 inch wood box was painted with green acrylic ink. It features copper discs, pewter Taurus charm, and wood beads within assorted green, copper, and brown glass beads. The finished box was sealed with a gloss acrylic sealant.

NaPoWriMo Review

And another NaPoWriMo is done. This was my sixth NaPoWriMo. This year wasn’t as successful as other years but it certainly was not the worst. I ended up with 45 new poems across 4 different poetry books. I had intended to write more for Written & Whim so it would be done and ready for publishing soon.

However, life had other plans. An emergency tooth extraction on April 11th made the rest of the month kind of odd as things aren’t healing, recovering as quickly as I would like. Prior to the extraction, I had been more tired than what is typical. I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome so for me to notice this, the exhaustion was WAY intense. I suspect, now, it was due to my body fighting the infection that led to the tooth extraction. Worse than usual exhaustion remains – though not as badly – through recovery. I only have so much energy to give things, anything, in a given day. The infection, the extraction, and the recovery have been consuming most of it.

I had hoped to go to a concert during the month but fatigue vetoed that. I wasn’t a total recluse during the month though. I managed to go to the coffee shop a few times to write even if I didn’t really want to. The days I want to spend the entire day in bed, I force myself to get out even if it is for an hour at the coffee shop and I make myself write. I may go back to bed when I get home but, at least, I did something productive with my day.

I spent Easter with my niece and nephew. On April 6th, I worked a craft & art show. Sadly, the crowd was minimal at best. I sold nothing. My friend sold 2 items. It was very disappointing yet we forge ahead with getting our art out to the people.

I did quite a bit of sewing prior to the show as I constructed more drawstring backpacks out of my fabric stash as well as create an Easter-themed mixed media piece and an Easter-themed mosaic.

I started figuring out how to make things from polymer clay which was prompted by an idea for a mixed media art project but being unable to find the components in order to make it a reality. I need to finish constructing the clay components this coming week so I can start on the project. I also have several mosaics in various states of creation. Working hard to motivate myself to finish them. A few have been languishing, unfinished, for a while.

My hopes for May are:
– Complete most, if not all, of my mixed media art project
– Finish off at least 3 of the 6 mosaics I have in progress
– Finish the sewing project I have sitting on my cutting table
– Finish the clay pot art project I have sitting on my work table
– Finish Written & Whim while making more progress on Doll & Discarnate, Letters & Locks, and Tincture & Thorn
– Finish the healing process of the tooth extraction site
– Have a very successful craft show on May 11th

March Into April

National Poetry Writing Month aka NaPoWriMo starts tomorrow. Am I prepared for this? Well, no. Not my version of it at least. I usually write, at least, one poem a day so typical NaPoWriMo isn’t a stretch for me so I challenge myself to write five or more poems a day. Not sure I am mentally prepared for this as I’ve been dealing with a lot of things lately, some of which will end up spilling into the first week and a half of April at minimum. Been so overwhelmed in my thoughts to the point of one poem being a struggle to write. I managed two poems today. I am so delighted especially since they arrived easy with a flow like water. Love the “water” poems.

Since my last ‘On The Blog’ post on February 22nd (a bit surprised it has been that long), I’ve gotten thrown down by an absolutely horrific cold, dealt with a blizzard and other home-related shenanigans, was without a computer briefly due to power cord failure, created a new mixed media piece, began a new bead mosaic (it is almost done), started cutting out a few more drawstring backpacks, struggled to figure out how to help my feline overlord function despite his increasing digestion issues, gained another first cousin once removed, got in a minor car accident that – fortunately – only scraped up some paint when someone backed out into me in a parking lot, stressed out a great deal about matters involving my chronic health conditions, and went on an adventure to upgrade Patchwork Chicken Studio’s show displays after many discussions and layout tests. March has been busy.

I ended up missing the Fleshgod Apocalypse show due to my cold and the flare up of the chronic health conditions that it triggered. I was/am heartbroken over it as I missed them the last few times they had been in Denver too because of my health. Beginning to suspect that life doesn’t wish me to pay live homage to Italian Metal Gods. I did pre-order their forthcoming new release, Veleno, to appease some of my sorrow while listening to the first single, Sugar, in semi-obsessively constant fashion.

For April beyond NaPoWriMo, I have home-related shenanigans to finish/deal with, finish the bead mosaic, and put together the drawstring backpacks. Patchwork Chicken Studio has a show on April 6th so there will be some prep work beforehand. It is shaping up to be very busy too. I just hope it is busier to the creative side of things.