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Tackling the To Do List

After taking a few days off, it’s now time to tidy up my studio and tackle my To Do list. 

I’ll be photographing new products for my shop (Toho beads!) and images for new tutorials and kits. 

  
Soon I’ll be focusing on class prep for two kumihimo classes I’m teaching this Fall semester at Parkland College. Registration is open. Supplies are included in the class fees. If you’re local, come join the fun!

Creatively yours,

Monica

New Tutorial & Bead Kit

I’m having a fabulous time with my new “Monica’s Pop of Color” series!

My newest tutorial for “Monica’s Pop of Color in Light Teal” is now available!

Some of the beads for this design are a bit hard to find, so I’m offering a bead kit, too. A printed tutorial is included with the kit AND I include a few extra of every type of bead. Nothing is more frustrating than making something from a kit only to find one broken bead has ruined your pattern, right? That won’t happen here.

I’m offering introductory pricing for the instant download tutorial as well as the kit. Prices will change later this month.

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Back to work for me. I have two more tutorials to write and several new designs floating around in my head.

I hope you’re all having a fabulous week!

 

Creatively yours,

Monica

Social Media & Rebranding

As much as I try, blogging doesn’t come as easily for me as I’d like. I try. Really I do.

I post more consistently on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. If you don’t already follow me on those venues, you probably haven’t seen these designs.

 

I’m happy to announce a bit of a name change. You’ll now start finding me as iLOVEkumihimo on all my social media places 

Let’s connect all over the webosphere, shall we?

like: facebook.com/iLOVEkumihimo
tweet: twitter.com/iLOVEkumihimo
pin: pinterest.com/iLOVEkumihimo
peek: instagram.com/iLOVEkumihimo

 

Creatively yours,

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Design Notes

With every design I think, “Oh, I’ll remember that” … and with every design I’m usually quite wrong.

It took me a while to establish a system that was a) convenient b) accurate and c) useful for me once some time had passed. I’m happy to share some of my secrets here with you.

My primary documentation tool is my smart phone. Truly, my childhood dream came true when modern technology made it simple to have a camera, calendar, computer, clock, phone, flashlight and more — all in one device that fits in a pocket.

With my phone, I photograph and video all the glorious details of learning a new braid or making a new design. I get it all: before, during and after.

My process is simple:

  1. Photograph the materials
  2. Photograph the setup
  3. Make a simple ‘reminder video’ as I braid so I remember the sequence
  4. Photograph the finished braid
  5. Write down the numbers (# of warps, # of ends in a warp, tama weight, counter weight, width of finished piece … any number that seems significant)
  6. Note anything that should be done differently the next time
  7. Put it all together in a folder
  8. Back up the data
  9. Print out the details (offline references come in handy)

I recently learned a square 8-warp Kaku Yatsu braid. My design notes look like this (click on an image to get more info) …

 

I also made a very short reminder video of the move sequence on the marudai. My reminder videos are very brief but I find them super helpful. I encourage you to document your own design journey so you can have an objective view of your growth as an artist.

Once I removed the braid from the marudai, I took some close-up photos in natural light. This photo set shows the braid detail and gives a better idea of the colors.

I have not yet turned this piece into jewelry. When I do, I’ll photograph the finished ends and any embellishments. I’ll also note details on the findings.

Ba da bing! Ba da boom! That’s all there is to it.

With these handy notes, I’ll never completely forget how to make an 8-warp Kaku Yatsu braid.

I hope you find some of this helpful as you document your own creative fun. If you have helpful tips or suggestions, please share.

 

Creatively yours,

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Color Me Happy

I love color.

Bright, bold colors make me happy. Dark, rich colors make me happy. Jewel tones? Happy. Monochrome? Happy.

I love color.

People often ask me how I choose my color combinations when I design and when I teach, so I’ll share my simple visual method here. Throughout the post I will mention beads, but the same method applies to cord, leather and all other mediums.

I play. Really, that’s about all there is to it.

I grab some beads, mix a few together or lay them out with whatever focal I’ve chosen, and let them spend some time together. Truly.

I’ll notice them as I walk by or do other work. I’ll make a note if I like them. If something doesn’t seem to be quite what I want, I remove or add some components. Then they spend more time together until I’m either a) satisfied or b) no longer interested in that project. Don’t judge. It’s just truth.

When I’m mixing different colors of same-size beads, I keeping mind that just a little is usually quite enough. I don’t mix whole tubes of beads together just to experiment. If I hate the blend, I don’t want to separate hundreds of beads.

For my bead mixes, I measure one or two caps of beads (note the tiny white cap partially showing in the photo; marvel at my high-tech methods) in a small container. I pour them onto a bead mat and let them get to know each other well.  You know, to let them choose to either make friends or agree to go their separate ways.

These beads are getting to know each other.

In my photo, I’m letting an experimental blend make friends. I’m looking for a nice subtle blend for a beaded kumihimo project that will use these focal handcrafted lampwork beads. (Pssst! Love the beads? Check out Juli Canon’s work at Studio Juls. I know, those silly implied Business Competition Rules say not to share trade secrets. But I’m an educator and I’m happy, so it’s ok.)

Once I string the beads, I’ll twist the strands together and evaluate them again. Then I’ll start braiding and evaluate again. Persnicketiness pays.

For color inspiration, there are a lot of options. I photograph everything and place color ideas in folders. And inspiration abounds online. You can find my Color Me Happy board on Pinterest.

What is your method for choosing colors in your designs?
Creatively yours,

IT’S FINISHED!

Strike up the band! My Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet tutorial is FINISHED! Woo-hooo!

Now available in my Etsy shop: a detailed 22-page PDF digital tutorial for making Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelets.

Now available in my Etsy shop: a detailed 22-page PDF digital tutorial for making Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelets.

I’m offering an introductory price of $8, which I think is pretty good deal for a tutorial that has:

  • 22 pages
  • detailed instructions
  • 30 instructional images
  • easy-to-read type
  • a clean, professional look

I’m also offering a special little something else. I do this for my class handouts and it’s been quite successful. Presuming I’m not breaking an Etsy policy, the special little something works like this:

  1. You have 7 days from the date of purchasing the tutorial to be the first person to report any typographical error to me via an Etsy conversation.
  2. The first person to report each error will win a reward. In this case, the reward can be a $5 refund OR a free tube of beads (winner pays shipping).
  3. If you find more than one error — and you are the first to report each error —  you earn more than one reward ($5 refund AND beads; or one tube of beads AND free shipping anywhere in the US).

Hurry and buy your copy. The price goes up a bit next week.

Thanks to each and every one of you who have waited patiently for this labor of love. I truly enjoy writing tutorials, even though my persnickety self edits and re-edits until even I am annoyed.

Creatively yours,

Monica

Looking Forward

2015 hasn’t quite lived up to my expectations. Thankfully, it’s only February and there’s time for this year to perk up.

Please, 2015: perk up!

I’m always hopeful, so here are some things I’m looking forward to…

Beaded Kumihimo Memory Wrap Bracelet

How many edits are required to satisfy a persnickety tutorial-writer? I don’t know. I’ll let you know when I’m done.

 

Yes, I edited the Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo tutorial. Again. Apparently, it takes six hands to photograph this while executing the technique. Sadly, I don’t have six hands. I’ve had to improvise. Repeatedly. It’s working. Sort of.

I’m not a giver-upper.

Beaded kumihimo memory wire bracelet by Monica K Campbell, EdM.

 

I’m also looking forward to teaching Beaded Kumihimo at Parkland Community College this summer.

This will be our in-class project when I teach Beaded Kumihimo this summer.

This will be our in-class project when I teach Beaded Kumihimo this summer.

 

More Beaded Kumihimo

More Beaded Kumihimo

 

To keep current with all that 2015 will bring (the good stuff, anyway), follow Ikumihimo’s social feeds …

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Dearest 2015, get your act together now. Please.

 

Creatively yours,

Monica