Wear Your Doodle Art: Tips for Making Paper Beads

Don’t miss the newest issue of Zen Doodle Workshop magazine! Get ready to be wowed and inspired by all the new doodle art ideas! ~Cherie

“This issue is packed with doodle art projects, techniques, and artwork that will make you want to haul out your supplies,” says Editorial Director Jeannine Stein. “Doodle on the page and create Kathryn Costa’s mixed-media mandalas, which take the popular motif to a whole new level. Joanne Sharpe takes you through the easy and fun process of making doodle letters, and Mary Beth Shaw shows you how to incorporate stencil designs in a free-form doodle.

“Take your doodles off the page and let Carol Geurts teach you how to create a gorgeous etched cuff in just a few steps. And if you’ve ever had the urge to doodle on your walls, Wendy Currier will show you how it’s done.

“We’ve got you covered on great products, and don’t miss the exclusive sneak peek of our contributing artists’ doodle sketchbooks. What could be better than spending the better part of the day Zen doodling? Can’t think of a thing.”

Wearable doodle art
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Paper Bead Tips
from Kari McKnight Holbrook

Wearable doodle art
Get this issue of Zen Doodle Workshop magazine for Kari’s step-by-step tutorial on how to turn your doodle art into paper beads. She explains how to make, varnish, and gild the beads, as well as how to create a necklace and make a hair barrette!

• Use any paper to make rolled paper beads–colored, text, or handmade–but keep in mind that your paper choice will affect the size and tightness of the bead. I discovered I preferred doodled pages that were on lightweight (20-lb) copy paper, as they make tight, sturdy rolls.

• For multi-colored beads, paint your paper first with acrylic paints and then doodle on top of the dried paint.

• Change the shape of your beads by cutting the paper into thin triangular shapes, instead of straight strips.

• It’s important that your papers have straight cuts or your beads will be lopsided and wonky. Scissors work fine, but a paper cutter makes it much faster.

• If you use photocopies and find they fade during the rolling process from too much handling, touch up and fill in the designs with a marker prior to the varnishing step.

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