Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mark It Now Watermark

I have finally found an inexpensive software that enables me to easily and quickly put a watermark on my digital images! Wooh Hooh! It is called Mark It Now and has a free lite version and the fully working trial is available to try free for 10 days and if you like it, it is only $5 to buy it! So you should be seeing a lot more images on my blog from now on. You can find Mark It Now here

Art Fire

Ah, I finally did it... I listed my first two items with Art Fire! I already feel so much better about this website than the other one I have patterns listed on. You have so much more control and even though it is new, the forums are picking up and there is plenty of help out there. Anyway, they are having a promotion right now.... join now and if you are one of the first 5000 to sign up for a verified account, you only pay $7 a month for the storefront. There are no limits to how many items you list or sell. They also offer a basic storefront that is free, limits you to 10 items a month if you just want to check them out first.

If you check them out and decide to join, please tell them 3PeepsDesigns referred you. Register on ArtFire.com

Monday, January 12, 2009

My Son

Ok, now here is a picture of the completed project I did with a photo of my son. I used Peyote stitch and kevlar thread and quite a few colors of Delica seed beads. I am very proud of this project as well. It took about 4 months with starts and stops. I used approximately 90 different colors.

Basically I made a palette based on the beads I had and then I bought more beads that I thought best represented skin tones, including both lighter and darker than I thought I needed. I have a couple of the delica sample cards and used that to choose which ones to try and looked at them in person at my local bead shop. Then I plugged those into Bead Creator software and I just played around with those that I liked best. I am not too sure about the greens in the shadows, but overall it looks pretty good… I just try not to analyze the individual colors too much, or I drive myself crazy…. Sometimes it helps to step back and cross your eyes and look at the pattern….. or just from the corner of your vision so that the colors that are in the pattern can blend like they would in real life or if you were using paint. Does that make sense? I did take Danni’s apart because there was just one color that was off and you couldn’t really tell until a few rows were stitched. I did the same thing with Eddie’s, thankfully, with Peyote stitch you can take a few rows apart and redo or put back together, I guess that is one of my favorite things about the stitch. And on this piece there is a spot below his mouth that I may go back and change… And now looking back on it I have no idea why I did not get rid of the partial date stamp on the pattern, wouldn’t you know I stitched it right in… a project is never truly done J

I apologize for the scan, it is darker than the actual finished piece, but I haven’t perfected taking photos of my pieces, I usually end up with a glare or its too dark. And of course different monitors show the colors differently too. I have framed the two portraits and they are hanging in my living room. When I sit on the couch and look at them I think they colors are great… the real problem came when trying to pick out a color for the matt….. I spent an entire evening just trying to decide what looked best and still matched the other stuff in my living room…. J

My Daughter

So, I thought I should start posting some pictures and descriptions of my projects that I have completed... there are a few that I am very proud of.... This is one of them..... it took me 4 months of on-again, off-again, and then on-again to complete this. This is a picture that I converted into a bead pattern using BeadCreator software. After playing around with the colors and gathering all of my delicas and reorganizing, I did it! I used Peyote stitch, about 76 different Delica colors, kevlar thread, and the word chart that BeadCreator supplies for each pattern you create. The finished project scanned a little darker than I would like, but its a new scanner and supposedly better than my 9 year old broken scanner :) I need to take a few classes or spend an afternoon taking photos of my projects and make one of those boxes for taking photos...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Just an update, the beading software I use has a new home for their forums and support, it is now
http://www.beadcreator-family.com/ It is easier than the old forum, but not quite as active as the yahoo group, but it is growing FAST! Check it out, perhaps even join the group and buy the software, I love it!


View my page on The BeadCreators

Art Fire

I joined Art Fire today. I am hoping to sell more patterns and actual finished pieces this year. In addition, I want to sell enough to start making a monthly donation to one of the pit bull rescue groups that I like, Mid-America Bully Breed Rescue, Bad Rap or Pit Bull Rescue Central. I adore animal rescue and as the expenses of homeschooling increase, I need to find other ways to raise money for the things I like to do. So, keep an eye out for things I sell on Art Fire (www.3PeepsDesigns.artfire.com) or the other website I use for selling patterns (www.bead-patterns.com and www.sova-enterprises.com).

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